Two well-known names around town have teamed up for a new project called The Afterglows. Radiator Hospital‘s Sam Cook-Parrot and The Goodbye Party‘s Mikey Cantor will release a collaborative self-titled album later this summer, sharing the news and lead single “Angels In the Sunshine Hotel” with NPR earlier this week.
Cook-Parrot is known for achingly truthful and endearingly lo-fi home recordings like those on 2013’s Something Wild or this year’s Wedding Album. Cantor’s recent work on Silver Blues is more electronic-based, full of deep, dark atmosphere and equally confessional lyrics. As NPR points out, “both write songs that range from sparse and intimate to lush and joyful, driven by DIY aesthetics and thoughtful lyrics.” The joint record will include new co-written material, as well as previously written songs that didn’t make it on to their individual projects’ efforts.
About “Angels In the Sunshine Hotel” NPR writes:
Cantor explains in an email that the song was inspired by a story he heard about a tenant in a New York City flophouse called The Sunshine Hotel. The tenant moved to New York to study philosophy and answer life’s eternal questions, but an insistent focus on his metaphysical journey made him lose his grip on reality. He ended up penniless, living in the hotel. “There’s this idea that as a musician, if you’re serious enough about what you do, you’ll eventually quit your day job and just try to make it work,” Cantor says. “I guess this story was just a dark reminder that it’s easy to end up sacrificing too much if you aren’t careful.”
Listen to “Angels In the Sunshine Hotel” below. The Afterglows is out August 19th via Salinas Records.
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