Healing Potpourri, the vibrant indie pop project led by songwriter Simi Sohota, recently announced their upcoming album, Paradise, due out August 5th via Run For Cover Records. The album finds the Oakland-based musician unpacking two tumultuous years and pushing the band's sound in exciting new directions while collaborating with co-producer Sean O'Hagan (of Stereolab and The High Llamas) and engineer Jason Kick.
Today the band have shared Paradise's second single, "What Do I Do Now?" The track follows "Wind" (which garnered attention from the likes of Stereogum, BrooklynVegan, New Commute, and more) and offers a perfect cut of sunny keys and horns that highlights Sohora's ability to blend Brian Wilson-inspired chamber pop with a touch of warm psych.
Sohota discussed the new song saying:
"I started writing the chord progression for this one on my girlfriend’s childhood piano at her parents house. They ended up gifting that piano to us as a housewarming present when we moved to Oakland at the beginning of the pandemic and I wrote most of the “Paradise” album on it.
The lyrics are about a childhood friend who struggled with mental health issues and passed away due to an overdose. Since writing it I’ve had two more friends die under similar circumstances and it just really breaks my heart. The song is about feeling guilt from not doing more to help and about how much more was left unsaid. I hope that it will inspire folks to tell their friends and family how much they love them because the future isn’t guaranteed.
I wanted to contrast the lyrical subject matter with the most sugary and poppy production we could come up with. Jason Kick and I had this one nearly finished by the time we brought it to Sean O’hagan, who co-produced. He added some really sugary backup vocal ideas which I re-recorded with my voice.
The music video has this really nostalgic feel that reminds me of the feeling of thinking about a childhood friend, and the innocence of that. We worked with Sarah Phenix and Claire Donohue that have a company called Rainbow Tunnel that specializes in analog film techniques and they did a really amazing capturing the feel of the song."
Where Healing Potpourri's previous album, Blanket of Calm, was made by a large cast of Bay Area musicians, Paradisewas created primarily by the more compact team of Sohota, O'Hagan, and Kick. But the result is actually an even more sprawling sound that seamlessly melds electronic instrumentation and colorful psych washes with Sohota’s knack for rhapsodic songwriting and gorgeous melodies. “There are more synths, it’s more experimental,” he explains. “Part of that was just trying to make a lush, full band sound with just me, Jason, Sean, and a computer, but the other part of it was just the swirling dread and fear and paranoia of the time.” Throughout the record Sohota’s lyrics wrestle with pandemic-era dread and social tumult, looking directly into the deluge of frustration and despair, but also refusing to be completely defeated by it. His words stand in stark contrast with the effervescent instrumentation, adding a new dimension to Healing Potpourri. “The lyrics aren’t about everything being fine," he says. "A lot of the record is about how bad things are and how I’m angry about it–but I realized that can be Healing Potpourri too.”
Guitar pop extraordinaire Tony Molina recently returned with the announcement of his new album, In The Fade, due out August 12th via Summer Shade, a new imprint from Run For Cover Records curated by Madison Woodward (Fury, Object of Affection). In just 18 minutes In The Fade manages to encapsulate all of the different elements that have been so appealing about Molina's songwriting over the years. The record bounces from satisfyingly crunchy power chords, to scrappy jangle, to legitimately Beatles-esque arrangements, never letting the sheer hookiness lag for even a second.
Today Molina has shared the second single from In The Fade, the sweetly catchy "I Don't Like That He." The song highlight's Molina's ability to incorporate the songwriting shine of '60s pop artists as well as their '90s torchbearers likeTeenage Fanclub and The Aislers Set--making for a timeless sounding track that you'll immediately want to play again.
In The Fade is due out August 12th via Summer Shade and Run For Cover Records.
Faced with the perils of an isolating world, High Flying Man reignites the tradition of great American songwriting, speaking in the voice of the longing masses. At heart, Berry demands more life, rejecting both arty cynicism and nostalgic escapism.
It's the third album for Matt Berry’s pseudo-eponymous project. Loss and desire take center stage as Berry delves deep into 21st century malaise, crafting densely layered songs which project an unshakable yearning for deliverance from the world’s shortcomings.
Each track extends an outstretched palm towards universal connection, blending a complex mix of pop hooks, rock swagger, and psychedelia into dejected populist anthems.
On his lead single “Prime”, released today, Berry channels the simple pop mastery of Lindsay Buckingham. Getting older, I’m getting older, he restlessly croons as he takes jabs at the moral laziness of aging millennials, expressing his yearning for a return to vitality and conviction.
With High Flying Man, Berry embraces undying love in the face of isolation. Daring to want more life becomes a spiritual rallying cry against a world that has failed to make life either meaningful or beautiful. At their core, these songs are not about revolution, but they are about the faith that gives something like revolution a purpose in the first place.
Healing Potpourri, the vibrant indie pop project of songwriter Simi Sohota, has returned with the announcement of their new album, Paradise. Due out August 5th, Paradise finds the Oakland-based musician unpacking two tumultuous years and pushing the band's sound in exciting new directions. Co-produced by Sean O'Hagan of Stereolab and The High Llamas, along with engineer Jason Kick, the record incorporates warm electronics and colorful psychedelia into Healing Potpourri's appealing chamber pop.
To mark the announcement Healing Potpourri have shared Paradise's first single "Wind." The song's swirling keys and sunny horns blend with Sohota's gentle harmonies to make a psych-tinged pop gem that's sure to inspire instant repeat listens.
Upcoming Shows: 06/11 San Francisco, CA @ The Great Northern 06/13 Big Sur, CA @ Henry miller Memorial Library * 06/14 Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent Theater * 06/15 Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent Theater * 06/17 Pioneertown, CA @ Pappy and Harriet's * 06/19 Phoenix, AZ @ Rebel Lounge 06/20 Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress * 06/21 Flagstaff, AZ @ The Green Room * 06/22 Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf * 06/23 Colorado Springs, CO @ The Black Sheep * 06/24 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Grand At The Complex * 06/25 Las Vegas, NV @ 24 Oxford *
Today we’re sharing two new songs from Turnover, returning with their first music in almost three years. Join the band on a dizzying journey in the music video for lead single “Wait Too Long” and the psychedelic b-side “Mountains Made of Clouds"
The passing of time is on vocalist Austin Getz’ mind in Turnover’s latest single “Wait Too Long.” Groovy drum & bass, jangly guitar and unforgettable synth soaring over the choruses are a dizzying combination of new sonic elements and the band’s disposal to further evolve the sounds and moods explored on Turnover’s last two albums, Altogether and Good Nature. And while the festival-ready, psychedelic sway of the song makes it feel both calm and cool, the song’s true intention is about the difficulty of maintaining close relationships, both in friendship and love.
The swirling psychedelia of "Mountains Made of Clouds" makes the song feel like a brief but enchanting hallucination. Chirping birds, oscillating synthesizers and leisurely guitar leads create an all-encompassing atmosphere that add to the song’s ethereality. At its heart, "Mountains Made of Clouds" is a song about painful goodbyes, masked in escapist imagery about transcending sadness by somehow floating above it, as vocalist/guitarist Austin Getz mournfully recalls “Watching stars all disappear / from above you even nights the sky is clear / the warmth of tears behind your eyes / from the long and sad goodbye”
Turnover’s hitting the road starting on June 11th for a West Coast run that includes dates with Healing Potpourri and Temple of Angels. They’ll have a limited edition 7” with both of these songs on it, only available from the band for now. Check out the dates below and be sure to snag a copy of this one-time pressing.
6/11 - Sonoma, CA @ Huichica Music Festival 6/13 – Big Sur, CA @ Henry Miller Memorial Library * 6/14 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent Theater *~ 6/15 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent Theater *~ (SOLD OUT) 6/17 – Pioneertown, CA @ Pappy and Harriet’s *~ 6/18 - Tijuana, Mexico @ Bujazán Cinema 6/20 – Tuscon, AZ @ Club Congress *~ (SOLD OUT) 6/21 – Flagstaff, AZ @ Yucca Tap Room North *~ 6/22 – Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf *~ (SOLD OUT) 6/23 – Colorado Springs, CO @ The Black Sheep *~ 6/24 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Grand at The Complex *~ 6/25 – Las Vegas, NV @ 24 Oxford *~ * w/ Healing Potpourri ~ w/ Temple of Angels.