Endless Forms, the Tulsa-based project of Justin Allen, premiered a new single today and announced More Than Candy, his first album in three years, will arrive on May 8th.
Taking the three years between releases to write a novel about the Los Angeles art scene, produce a few friends’ records, take up weekly marathons, and score a song feature on Netflix‘s Elite, Allen emerged with Endless Forms’ most introspective record yet, leading off with the Dostoevsky-inspired “Honey From The Hive.”
“The Idiot explores what would happen to a perfectly innocent and pure-hearted man when he interacts with a cynical and abrasive society,” Allen explains to GroundSounds. “I became compelled by what it would require to live with a perfectly uncynical, uncalloused heart… as I began recording the song, it took on a more playful, melodic sound than anything I’ve ever recorded and I decided the track had taken on in sound what I was searching for in the lyrics.”
“Honey” is out now on all digital platforms; More Than Candy arrives on May 8th.
More Than Candy
1 Everything Still Waits for Me
2 Honey from the Hive
3 Something Will Seduce Me
4 Giving Myself to the Glue
5 The Mirror Phase
6 Pull Me Out of the White
7 Tired of Art
8 Out of Sleep
Endless Forms is the solo project of Tulsa-based artist Justin Allen. In the wake of breaking off an engagement and dropping out of college, Allen began Endless Forms earnestly in 2014 as a therapeutic creative outlet. After a few close friends heard demos and insisted he play live by offering to be his backing band, Allen began taking Endless Forms on the road all while recording two albums under the name in 2014 and 2017.
Amidst lineup changes and fielding licensing offers (eventually securing an appearance on an upcoming episode of Netflix’s Elite), Allen decided to put Endless Forms on hiatus in 2017 to focus on other creative outlets.
The period between then and this May’s comeback LP More Than Candy was anything but a lull for Allen. Finding time to write a novel about the Los Angeles art scene while taking up weekly marathons and producing music, he decided it was time to start working on a third Endless Forms album in the wake of a friend shelving a record they’d been working on. Initially started as a set of ambient tracks, Candy became Endless Forms’ most fully-fledged foray into pop-minded song-craft while holding onto elements of its ambient origins.
“I became compelled by what it would require to live with a perfectly uncynical, uncalloused heart,” Allen says about lead single “Honey From The Hive.” “As I began recording the song, it took on a more playful, melodic sound than anything I’ve ever recorded.”
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