Full Length Debut “Looking In” Due Out
October 2nd on Run For Cover Records
Fall Tour Dates Announced with Alex G, LVL UP, Pity Sex & More
Named Stereogum’s “Artist to Watch“
The FADER are sharing Spencer Radcliffe’s new single “Yankee” and they want you to know exactly how they feel about the prolific songwriter’s full length debut: “Here’s a great album about to come out: Spencer Radcliffe’s Looking In.” A simplistic and essential introduction for the premiere of the record’s second single.
Due out October 2nd on Run For Cover Records, Radcliffe has announced tour dates in support of the record alongside peers Alex G, LVL UP, Pity Sex, Wildhoney, Pinegrove, Elvis Depressedly, Rozwell Kid and more. Complete dates can be found below.
Having worked under his own name since the beginning of 2013, Radcliffe has made a point to let his music do the talking, keeping a low profile while remaining prolific with multiple releases each year since the project’s inception and an impressive back catalog of solo projects and bands. Following last year’s highly praised Brown Horse split with R.L. Kelly on Orchid Tapes, Radcliffe has expanded upon his songwriting with Looking In, occupying new sonic territory between intimate noise pop and reflective experimentalism where songwriting takes a firm focus. Radcliffe shares a wide range of nuance throughout the immersive record, transitioning from traditional songwriting to tape manipulated noise within moments, simultaneously creating and deconstructing melodies at a whim. Radcliffe’s songwriting stands vibrant and challenging with one foot consistently pushing the envelope and another firmly placed firmly in blissful pop.
The FADER described the sound of Radcliffe’s new album claiming, “The music he’s been cultivating under his own name, leading up to this, his debut LP, is maybe more in the Silver Jews, Built to Spill, 2015 DIY rock mold—but weirder, with surprising burps and dog barks collaged in.” Further expanding, The FADER offered, “This fall’s going to be a lot of afternoons trying to decide between playing this and playing the new Alex G, and then just clearing your schedule to play them both.”
Sat 10/10 Chicago, IL @ Pinky Swear $
Sun 10/11 Lansing, MI @ Mac’s Bar $
Mon 10/12 Toronto, ON @ Smiling Buddah $
Tue 10/13 Montreal, ON @ le Divan Orange $
Wed 10/14 New Haven, CT @ Bar $
Thu 10/15 Flemington, NJ @ 90 Main &
Fri 10/16 Philadelphia, PA @ Philamoca *
Sun 10/18 Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar *
Tue 10/20 Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, @ Bard College &
Wed 10/21 Boston, MA @ Out of the Blue Gallery &
Thu 10/22 New York, NY @ The Silent Barn &
Mon 10/26 Chambersburg, PA @ Nathan Miller Chocolate ^
Thu 10/29 Atlanta, GA @ The Cleaners
Fri 10/30 Memphis, TN @ Hi Tone Café @
Sun 11/1 St Louis, MO @ Firebird @
Mon 11/2 Kansas City, MO @ Record Bar@
$ w/ LVL UP
& w/ Pinegrove
* w/ Pity Sex & Wild Honey
^ w/ Elvis Depressedly, Rozwell Kid, Wishlist
@ w/ Alex G
Stereogum recently premiered the album’s first single “Mia” while naming Spencer Radcliffe an “Artist to Watch” in the ongoing feature series. Speaking about the single, Stereogum shared, “Radcliffe’s songs feel, simultaneously all-knowing and knowing nothing at all. On “Mia,” the first song he’s sharing from the upcoming record, he harbors a secret like a curse. There’s a divide between Radcliffe and the rest of the world, but he bridges the gap with his music, and makes us feel like we’re on his side too.”
Diving further into the recorded world of his music, Stereogum offered, “Radcliffe operates in a drift, more comfortable with floating around in his own head. He feels in this world but not of it, lost and looking for an answer without really knowing the question. Tape delay and overdubs stand in for hesitation and second-guessing; sometimes, a single chord can travel the entire spectrum of human emotion.”
Currently living and working in Chicago, Spencer Radcliffe still calls Ohio home. Anticipating which direction he will be growing next as an artist, however, is not as easy to pinpoint. After self-releasing a number of brief albums recorded at different points in time throughout scattered locations, the multi-instrumentalist turned the ear of the underground in his direction last year with the release of Brown Horse, a split cassette on Orchid Tapes alongside R.L. Kelly.
This fall, he joins Run for Cover Records for the release of his debut full-length, Looking In. The album, recorded in solitude at Queen Mary’s Lighthouse in Chicago, encompasses all corners of Radcliffe’s songwriting style, leaving no part of his sonic map uncovered. Guitars and carefully outlined drums accentuate his pop craft on tracks such as “Mia” and “Yankee.” Traditional songwriting methods come apart naturally elsewhere through tumbling Rhodes piano, modified electronics, and brass in disarray. The one instrument that stitches the album’s atypical patchwork together is Radcliffe’s voice, allowing listeners to draw up their own impressions of his often equivocal work.
2. Mia [stream/embed]
6. Looking In
7. Yankee [stream/embed]
8. World’s Disguise (CD/CS/Digital Only)
13. Spelling Test