The moody vocalist muses on the hardness and allure of Los Angeles, reflecting on his own role in that world.
The sharp flashes of Hollywood can make you feel guarded and jaded, splintering your soul into fragments which begin to veer apart and shoot off like comets into the Milky Way. Los Angeles can be especially brutal, "like the party I wasn't invited to," as Handsome Ghost's Tim Noyes tells it. "I don't know how I feel about Los Angeles," he says. From that deep-rooted cynicism, he penned a song called "indian summer," which was originally about a woman he met but soon took on a poignant new meaning. "Somewhere along the line it morphed into my take on the city. I tell everyone I didn't want to go in the first place."
But there was something about the smoldering landscape, the millions of people bustling through their lives in a bid for fame and fortune, that beckoned to him. "The scene out there, the way people interact, the buildings, the colors--it's all fascinating to me. LA feels like its own territory," he tells
Popdust about the song--which premieres exclusively today, "but I'll defend New York over Los Angeles to anyone and I don't even live in New York. I wonder what that says about me. I assume you have to live out there for a while before you truly know what it's like, but that's not going to stop me from writing a song about it."
"I was never one to make a scene but you don't need a reason. Silhouettes, your shapes on Delta Street. You spill out your secrets," he unpacks on the first verse, setting the stage for an intriguing play on celebrity culture and its poetic (yet tragic) nature. "Tell me about the man I need to be. What If i don't want to be him? The stars may fall apart but I stay solid. This is the leaving behind. You can swear you're innocent. This is the stillness in time. No, I don't need Los Angeles..."
Coming off a handful of impressive EPs, Handsome Ghost is plotting its long-waited debut full-length, also anchored by the recent release of another track called "beauty/bends." The album is expected this fall.
Check out Handsome Ghost's upcoming tour dates:
May 2 - Brighton Music Hall - Boston, MA
May 3 - Baby's All Right - Brooklyn, NY
May 5 - The High Watt - Nashville, TN
May 7 - Three Links - Dallas, TX
May 9 - White Oak Music Hall - Houston, TX
May 11 - Club Congress - Tucson, AZ
May 12th - The Hideout - San Diego, CA
May 16 - The Hotel Café - Los Angeles, CA
May 17 - Swedish American Hall - San Francisco, CA
May 20 - The Timbre Room - Seattle, WA
May 21 - Doug Fir Lounge - Portland, OR
May 24 - Globe Hall - Denver, CO
May 26 - Beat Kitchen - Chicago, IL
May 28 - The Frequency - Madison, WI
May 30 - HiFi - Indianapolis, IN
May 31 - Beachland Tavern - Cleveland, OH
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