Los Angeles-via-Maryland musician Landon Fleischman (aka Boy Willows) is stepping out with a big new single which expands on his experimental bedroom pop sound.
His incredible new single "What The Hell Is That?" is premiering today on Variance, and it follows his six-track BANGS EP, which arrived last month on Nettwerk Records. It offers a dreamy preview of what's to come.
"'What The Hell Is That?' is all about standing out in a group whether you want to or not," Fleischman tells Variance of the new song. "I wanted to approach the production in a way that told a similar story. I took old audio messages off my phone of people I’ve grown apart from and used them as samples to create a nostalgic and disorienting atmosphere. I didn’t bother toeing the line with subtleties in the production—I wanted big, heavy drums and in-your-face guitars, as if those asking 'what the hell is that?' were referring to both me and the song. Overall, the production is meant to be odd and even confusing; it’s meant to emulate how you feel when people don’t understand you."
Boy Willows, who has also worked as a lighting designer for the likes of Wallows, Alan Walker and Mustard, will join fellow L.A.-based artist and TikTok star Petey for a string of shows later month and next month in Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and Portland.
Watch the video for "What The Hell Is That?" below.
Boy Willows' live dates:
11/26 — Chicago, IL — Subterranean
11/27 — Chicago, IL — Subterranean
12/10 — Los Angeles — The Echoplex
12/11 — San Francisco — Brick & Mortar
12/15 — Seattle, WA — The Crocodile
12/16 — Portland, OR — Holocene