mourns lost love on ‘Rosemary’ – the first track taken from forthcoming new album “OUCH”
Album out 26th October on Tin Angel Records
Vancouver artist Nicholas Krgovich possesses an unswerving back catalogue of sleek ‘future-pop’ releases. His solo work has seen him collaborate with the likes of Mount Eerie, Nite Jewel, Amber Coffman (Dirty Projectors) and Dear Nora, and his wildly diverse discography shows an unmistakable and deep commitment to exploring the endless possibilities of pop. On Krgovich’s new record however, after experiencing heart-break for the first time at 35, all goes out the window. What is left is a vivid and candid account of love gone sideways and the songs that poured out, all written and recorded out of necessity before anything else. Announced today, “OUCH” is released on 26th October via revered indie label Tin Angel Records.
And Noisey share the first single from the stunning new album, melancholy ballad Rosemary. The lyrics describe the scent of Rosemary in the air and the winter sun “beating down peversely” whilst Nicholas walks past his recent ex’s house, having a realisation of powerlessness in that moment. “Trying to handle new love with white gloves / Is as reckless and foolhardy as anything / Anything, anything new / It’s just gonna do what it’s gonna do / And decisions might be made that don’t include you.”
Talking about the new album, Krgovich explains; “I didn’t mean to write songs, I just started hearing them, and I couldn’t stop. I wasn’t even thinking while I was doing it. The tap turned on. I’m sure that happens to a bunch of people, but that’s never happened to me in this particular way before.”
He continues; “I got dumped in the spring of 2017, in a way that made the whole, brief but potent relationship all of a sudden seem like a bit of a joke. But then some deep churning and real feelings started to happen, and life became hilariously heavy and impossible feeling. The next morning, I remember waking myself up before my alarm sobbing and wailing. I was in hell but was also somewhere rolling my eyes at the absurdity of how “on the nose” all this was. I couldn’t help it. It was also interesting having to grapple with these primal, teenager-y feelings as a person in their mid 30s! A person that in many ways knows who they are! A person that’s already had their Saturn Return! All of it!
“Thinking about it now the whole thing was a pretty damn heartening experience. Having this recording project haphazardly happen out of necessity, constantly doing, not really thinking, spacing out, having friends pop over to sing and play and drink gin and bring their gentle wisdom while I whined about my feelings. I felt very loved and supported during a time where I could not have been harder on myself or felt more grotesque or impossibly unlovable. Making this album in a way was a vessel for everything, it gave shape to a life event that just felt like this big sad unanswerable blob.”
Nicholas Krgovich is a distinguished songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, known for his bold exploration of the endless possibilities of pop music throughout each of his five previous albums; Who Cares (2013), On Sunset (2014), On Cahuenga (2015), The Hills (2016), and In an Open Field (2017). A prolific writer, the material is often wildly diverse, yet there is always an unmistakable sense of Krgovich’s deep commitment to experimenting, his discerning ear for sonic detail, and an ambition that wilfully borders on the absurd. Before discovering himself as a solo artist, Krgovich worked with P:ano on acclaimed chamber pop debut, WHEN IT’S DARK AND IT’S SUMMER (2002). This led to his recordings with the girl group inspired Gigi, the icy displacement of the R&B informed No Kids, and the singular pop dreams released under his own name.