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Baio has unveiled ‘PHILOSOPHY!’, the debut single from his forthcoming sophomore solo album, Man of the World. Set for release on Friday 30 June, the album was recorded in Brixton, London, mixed by Bruce Lampcov (Bryan Ferry, The The) and co-produced by Chris Baio and John Foyle.

Listen to ‘PHILOSOPHY!’ here

Built on an irresistible groove, first single ‘PHILOSOPHY!’ is a deceptively buoyant breakup song chronicling a terminal failure of communication. Written amidst the false equivalencies, polarising fake news and gridlocked shouting matches that characterised political life in the last year, it’s about what we talk about when we are realising that philosophising is not powerful enough to change anyone’s mind.  

The song is a reflection of an album whose themes of alienation, paranoia and political will to power are belied by airy melodies and a crystalline pop sheen.

Baio said:

Writing Man of the World was my way of processing 2016, a year that began with the death of my favourite artist, David Bowie, and ended with the greatest political disruption of my adult life – all while I was a nomad, an American living in London, touring two continents, never fully of either place. It’s partially about being trapped in my own head, obsessing about things it was too late to change, feeling afraid and guilty and alone. It’s also my attempt to document a certain sense of loss that felt both intensely personal and like part of a larger collective experience many were going through at once.”

The above is an extract of Baio’s powerful artist statement, released today and downloadable here.

About Baio:

Baio’s 2015 full-length solo debut, The Names, amassed critical praise from the likes of Pitchfork, SPIN, Stereogum, The New York Times, Billboard, Entertainment Weekly, Paste and more. The album’s single, ‘Sister of Pearl’ debuted on NBC’s “Late Night With Seth Meyers”, was a hit on Alt Nation and Sirius XMU, and has gone on to be streamed nearly 10 million times on Spotify. Chris Baio is also the bass player of the Grammy-winning band Vampire Weekend.

BAIO – Man Of The World tracklisting:

  1. Vin Mariani
  2. The Key Is Under The Mat
  3. Out Of Tune
  4. PHILOSOPHY!
  5. Exquisite Interlude
  6. DANGEROUE ANAMAL
  7. Man Of The World
  8. Sensitive Guy
  9. I’m Not Curious
  10. Shame In My Name
  11. Be Mine

MAN OF THE WORLD IS OUT 30 JUNE 2017
AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER HERE

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