Indie pop artist Blonder has announced his debut EP $5 will be out 6/16. Recorded to two-inch tape at Los Angeles’ legendary Sound City Studios, $5 is a neon-hued collection of edgy confections that reflect Constantine’s musical lodestars: Lorde and the 1975. The wry pathos behind the British act’s lines like “I was thinking about killing myself, don’t you mind?” infuses Blonder’s acute awareness of the emotional subtleties of relationships: “You know just how I’m doing but you ask me anyway,” he drawls to close out the album, noticing with a dry eye the faded leather jacket his former lover left behind.
You can hear the influence of collaborators including Constantine’s good friend Aaron Maine of Porches and soft-lit post-romantics Wet thrumming through the EP’s six songs, but at their emotionally profound core they’re Blonder through and through – a glossy yet gritty reflection of Constantine’s inner landscape and musical sensibilities.
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