JOHN VANDERSLICE SHARES “LURE MICE CONDEMN ERASE” OFF FORTHCOMING EP
THE SONG IS INSPIRED BY SONGWRITING ADVICE FROM THE LATE DAVID BERMAN
Today, we are so excited to share with you the new single from John Vanderslice. “Lure Mice Condemn Erase” is the first single off his new EP, appropriately titled Eeeeeeeep. Though bundled in more electronic trickery than previous releases, the track is classic Vanderslice. Using a lyric formula he learned from the late David Berman, he indulges in the fantasy of running a cult on a piece of remote land.
The 5-song collection comes in the wake of huge personal changes for the songwriter, who’s moved his life from San Francisco to LA, and shuttered the SF location of his legendary recording studio, Tiny Telephone. It’s also the first record the one time analog obsessive has made without his studio, pushed by the shelter in place order to leave behind another part of his identity.
“Lure Mice Condemn Erase” introduces his new sound with familiar elements, blown out acoustic guitars and layered harmonies take center stage while processed drums skitter back and forth. “Song for Leopold” ebs and flows around what can best be described as a minimal house beat, while Vanderslice’s vocals are processed beyond recognition.
Check out the premiere at Brooklyn Vegan, and read their interview with Vanderslice, where he discusses his move, closing the studio, and the eclectic influences he’s channeling on Eeeeeeeep.
For the uninitiated, John Vanderslice rose to prominence in the early 2000’s as a magnetic troubadour and founder of SF recording studio Tiny Telephone, where he’s worked on legendary records by Death Cab, Sleater-Kinney, The Magnetic Fields, and so many more. As Stereogum accurately stated in their feature on “Lure Mice Condemn Erase”, “The erudite and inventive singer-songwriter-producer John Vanderslice doesn’t get enough respect as one of the architects of 21st century indie rock.
Earlier this year he released “Dollar Hits”, his 12th album and 2nd since coming out of self-proclaimed songwriting retirement. In John’s own words, “I love my friends, cats, Los Angeles, and touring. Music saved my life.”.