New collaborative effort: TOYFRiEND

In the winter of 2014 I had the pleasure of joining my dear friend Louis Dorley on the "Rhyming Gosling tour". As with most indie-rap tours it was filled with it's fair share of ridiculous inside jokes, near mental break downs and "holy shit that was the best night ever!" moments. We bonded over our shared taste in music (esp. outside of hiphop) as well as a desire to explore a new creative frontier outside of our perceived bubbles...At that time I would have never thought we'd start an avant-garde indie pop band and I'd move to NYC.... 

A few months after that tour, when I was back in MPLS and Lou was in BK we started sending tracks back and forth. He'd send me a simple keyboard arrangement (using toy instruments) with some vocals on it, maybe a verse and a hooks worth. Then I'd take the WAV file and treat it like a sample, start manipulating it and sequencing drums (mostly derived from found sounds). After a few emails it would start to turn into a song...It was such a liberating feeling working on these early tracks. It really felt like we captured something new. Fast forward to 2017 and we present to you foolHearty,  a collection of 6 original songs and 2 covers. 

Click here to download the debut ep from Toyfriend for free on bandcamp: 

You can also stream foolHearty via these fine digital platforms:

Spotify 
Apple Music
Google Play
Amazon
Tidal

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New track "Down To A Science" premiere via RESPECT Magazine!

Just dropped a new jam to coincide with "album announcement" week :-) The good folks from RESPECT Magazine premiered it. My new album "HowToFakeYourOwnDeath" drops 5.12.17. Colored vinyl & CD bundles available now

 

 

Live acoustic version of "Number One On A Hitlist"

Pop Matters premiered a new live acoustic version of "Number One On a Hit List" today!!

I am extremely excited about this. My guitarist convinced me to try adapting this song to a naked one guitar version so I figured why the hell not see what happens? I feel like this version really let's the song itself shine. 

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