The magnificent Millionyoung, AKA Mike Diaz, has just premiered a new track via Yours Truly that plainly shows that this guy isn't satisfied being quite so chill. Sounding more like a full-band concept more than ever, our Glimpses of the South Florida Scene alum shows a twee side for "Calrissian." The track is from Diaz's upcoming album, due in January via Old Flame Records.
Here are his thoughts on what influenced this new project:
Well, while writing the full-length, I got
really into a lot of jazz and oldies and Motown kind of stuff: Duke Ellington,
Ella Fitzgerald, Phil Spector, and Jackie Wilson -- even a bit of Sun Ra (and Araw
too, actually). I've also been watching a lot of Lynch, Miyazaki, and
Kubrick movies. Kind of an odd mix, but I love the way they tell stories and
create these dark worlds and scenarios that can at times still be inspiring. I
love incorporating that notion into the things I write. The conflict between
happy lyrics and a sad melody has been something I've loved since the first
time I heard the Beach Boys' "Don't Worry Baby."
Download "Calrissian" here.
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Bonus: for any bros or gals hitting the CMJ Music Marathon in New York next week, Millionyoung has assembled a handy one-sheet stop with all of the particulars.