Plants and Animals' Warren Spicer Announces Debut Album as Unessential Oils

Hear the new single "Chameleon"

BY Alex HudsonPublished Feb 20, 2024

Plants and Animals frontman Warren Spicer recently launched his new solo project, Unessential Oils, and now he's detailed his debut album. The self-titled LP will be out May 31 via Secret City Records, and he has shared the new single "Chameleon."

Spicer co-produced the album himself alongside Christophe Lamarche-Ledoux, with influences including jazz, folk and tropicália. It includes the recent single "Distrust the Magician."

"I made the record in a way where I was pursuing the sounds and voices of people I wanted and loved," Spicer said in a statement. "I tried to make them sound even more like themselves, I wanted their instincts, I wanted what they sounded like when they weren’t being recorded. I wanted joy and warmth while we worked." According to a press release, the album draws on jazz in the way it emphasizes performances over songwriting.

That loose, feel-focused approach can be heard in the single "Chameleon" below. Scroll past that to see the tracklist for Unessential Oils. The song "Nic at the Museum" refers to Plants and Animals member Nicolas Basque and his habit of visiting museums on tour.


2. Distrust the Magician
3. Chameleon
4. Solutions to My Gloom
5. Suds
6. Which Way Will the Sun Set Now? 
7. Don’t Go to Bed When You’re Mad 
8. Overwhelmed and Unprepared
9. Nic at the Museum
10. BraBra
11. END

Unessential Oils 2024 Tour Dates:

02/20 Montreal, QC - Ursa

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