Elektra/Atlantic recording artists KALEO have unveiled new track ‘Alter Ego’, taken from their forthcoming album which is available to stream and download now.
In three short years, they have scored a trifecta of global hits, received a Grammy nomination, watched their first album, 2016’s A/B, go Gold and toured incessantly for three years. Every bit of that lived experience is packed into their sophomore album Surface Sounds, slated for release later this year on June 5.
Frontman and songwriter JJ Julius Son has been in the studio off-and-on for two years allowing a combination of globe-trotting and meticulous tinkering, resulting in spectrum of sounds recorded around the world with Julius Son allowing each tune to dictate its path while simultaneously leaning-in to his blues, folk and rock inclinations.
Listen to ‘Alter Ego’ by KALEO on the Official F1 Tracks Playlist on Spotify.
“It’s a take on how much we tend to focus on the surface,” Julius Son says in a time where curation of image can feel more important than the depth of true human connection. “There’s so much more beneath that.”
“This album has been such a puzzle for me,” continues Julius Son of the collection of tracks recorded while on the road. “I’ve literally jumped into studios in Greece, South America, and all over Europe creating what is now Surface Sounds. Any time I went home to Iceland, every time I was in L.A., I enjoy seeing what we can create in the moment and in each environment.”
In addition to the release of ‘Alter Ego’, which Julius Son calls “probably the most classic rock and roll song” on the album, the Icelandic rock band released two new tracks earlier this year showcasing the contrast in sounds and imagery expected on Surface Sounds.
The “tender-yet-tough anthem” ‘I Want More’ and ‘Break My Baby’ allow a look into the darker side of KALEO that Loudwire describes as “hooky and groovy, showcasing the range of [Julius Son’s] vocal and a gritty, bluesy approach.”
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