Color the Weather is the name of Suicideyear’s new album; eight city North American tour set for July
(press release) James Prudhomme, AKA Suicideyear, today (June 12th) announced what he calls his “first proper” full length album titled “Color the Weather” to be released by LuckyMe on July 6th. The title from the electronic trap artist is based on a namesake – a coloring competition for children run by regional TV station WFAB in his native Baton Rouge, Louisiana – he felt a fitting eponym for the project, giving local kids a blank piece of paper to channel their worlds into sideways swatches of indigo and grey, devoid of lines to stay within.
Prudhomme’s vision was born in Louisiana where he’s resided all his life. He seeked solace from his troubled teen years by listening to borderless waves of electronic music online and making music with production software. His recordings appealed to electronic trap music, witch house, chill wave and other emerging related subgenres. Oneohtrix Point Never took notice and released an early full release on their Software label.
When asked to go into detail about the claims of ‘Color the Weather’ being his first real album, Prudhomme says its the first time he’s made “songs with narrative”. He speaks of the new single “Days Forever” featuring London based singer Georgia (co-producer of track) as an example. “The song to me represents the easiness and will to relive memory, stay stuck in the past and to ignore the actual ways to move on and progress.” He also added “The second half of the song acts like a turning point of this behavior going from indulgent to unhealthy. It was also the first song I tracked all real instruments.”
Elsewhere, he taps Red Bull Music Academy classmate Casey MQ (for vocals on “Said & Done,” piano on “Color the Weather (Outro)” and additional production on “Tired”), longtime friend and collaborator Outthepound AKA Chris Burrell (sampled on “Days Won’t End”) and LA-based singer-songwriter John Keek (for additional production on “Momma”). By no coincidence his ascent has involved a fair share of collaborating – most recently teaming up with Yung Lean for single “Spider Feet” – and on Color the Weather he does so in broader strokes.
Whereas making in years past always involved a variation of “laying on a bed with FL Studio open,” Prudhomme’s process matured this go-round; entering formal studio spaces and bringing other people into the writing process brings a versatility to the project which gives it more range than ever heard from Suicideyear. Opener “Seven Year Dream” was the first of the songs to take full shape and will be uncannily recognizable to fans he’s recruited along the way, while “Little Palace Hidden Heaven” serves as an interlude in shade if not by name, one of three episodic divergences in which the producer confidently, if quietly, lets his memories stray. Like most tracks on the record, both came about by recalling a specific experience or feeling attached to a fleeting childhood home. Those sort of things are ephemeral yet forever. On Color the Weather, Suicideyear endeavors for his work to be too.
Suicideyear – Color The Weather
(July 6th – LuckyMe)
1. 7 Year Dream
4. Days Won’t End
5. Days Forever ft. Georgia
6. Kept Distance
7. Little Palace Hidden Heaven
8. Said and Done ft. Casey MQ
11. Color The Weather (Outro)
Suicideyear will also be on a 8-date North American tour in July supporting the album. If its anything like his amazing appearance at Moogfest 2018 then it will be unforgettable as well – just like when he took his brand of electronic trap and transformed the Motorco Music Hall with his spells of bass and spacey melody, appealing to a new crowd of chill and wowing the fans from older generations. Those in South Florida should consider attending his concert in Miami. While i unfortunately could only catch 15 minutes of his Moogfest 2018 performance, it was worth every minute. I wish i showed up on time.
Check out Suicideyear’s newest single featuring Georgia just released today with an upload to youtube featuring a generative video by Ezra Miller. It debuted on Fader.
And last but not least, “Spider Feet” finds Suicideyear reconnect with Swedish rapper Yung Lean for the first time in 5 years. They initially collaborated on Lean’s breakout single “Hurt” off his debut release Unknown Death 2002.
Suicideyear reflects on the collaboration. “Made the beat last year in the woods of North Baton Rouge. To me it sounded like being scared cold, goose skin, you could see the sun and the moon. Sent to Lean a couple months later and he sent ‘Spider Feet’ back the next day.”
Feature image Credit: Nick Vernet