Published Apr 30, 2015After spending 2014 supporting A Sunny Day in Glasgow's Sea When Absent, the indie pop band's Ryan Newmyer and Jen Goma have revealed they're shifting their focus onto their side-project, Roman à Clef. Their debut album titled Abandonware will be released June 2 through Infinite Best.
A press release explains that Newmyer set out to write "deceptively complex songs" before recruiting fellow A Sunny Day in Glasgow bandmate Goma and Ice Choir's Kurt Feldman. The eight-song Abandonware is described as showcasing "lush, bruised romanticism," and was inspired by '80s pop, as well as new wave films and the written works of Roberto Bolaño, Italo Calvino and Thomas Pynchon.
Lyrically, the LP is said to have the Brooklyn band waxing on "the days spent, the peril of treating friends like family, ordering take-out, and the difference between getting older and getting wiser." Below, you can sample the first single "Abandonware (Josh and Jer)," a driving piece of retro-pop saturated with scintillating vintage synth tones, shoegaze distortion and Goma's serenely sung lines about "these games we play."
1. Abandonware (Hannah And Zoe)
2. The Prisoner
4. Friends, Today
5. Bye Gone
6. Lucky Toasts
7. Roman Clay (27 BC)
8. Abandonware (Josh And Jer)