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I'll Forget 17 Limited Vinyl LP + Download


Label: Partisan Records
Release Date: 25 March 2016
Format: LP Vinyl

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Lontalius I'll Forget 17 Limited Vinyl LP + Download

Lontalius (New Zealand's Eddie Johnston)'s debut album, I'll Forget 17. From Wellington, New Zealand, he's garnered buzz and thousands of views on YouTube and Soundcloud for his poignant and measured takes on new classic pop hits but now he turns his focus squarely on himself, capturing his interior world and feelings at this vulnerable age. Initially, Johnston's musical tastes were mercurial, veering from Coldplay to the decidedly more alternative Radiohead, before he fully embraced pop music. Soon after, he began uploading hushed, forlorn covers of pop hits accompanied by an 808 and an old Casio MT-45 that a friend bought him for USD2. In posting up these covers, Lontalius's buoyant take on Yung Lean's "Gatorade" found a big online fan in hyper-networked Canadian producer/DJ Ryan Hemsworth. Soon the two were collaborating on music, Lontalius's voice gracing Hemsworth's "Walk Me Home." He also has Hemsworth to thank for spreading the rumor that Johnston was a classmate of fellow New Zealander, Lorde. It wasn't true, but both teens played along on Twitter and even met right before "Royals" blew up. "I was shocked that Lorde was the same as me," he says. "She was still just a teenager interested in music. Seeing her incredible success was really inspiring. That doesn't happen to New Zealanders often." I'll Forget 17 might be a case of lightning striking twice as the ten-song debut announces a bright new voice in pop. While fans of Lontalius might have admired the teen's ability to find the sad sentiment underneath the pop exteriors, his emotional astuteness carries over into his original material. "I've always really loved big EDM dance tracks with super emotional breakdowns," he says, adding that a song like "Kick in the Head" remains a favorite of his as it marks when he "started writing about real experiences and real feelings."

Featured Tracks:
A Feeling So Sweet
A Kick In The Head
All I Wanna Say
Light Shines Through Dust
My Dreams Are Dark
Itís Not Love
I Was More Than
Yr Heart Is Beating
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