SHARES NEW SINGLE ‘COP ON A HORSE’ – LISTEN HERE
ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM: ‘HEAVEN’S MAYOR’ – OUT APRIL 24, 2020
VIA BOBO INTEGRAL
The Toronto-based sophisti-pop artist Elrichman – the project of Paul Erlichman – is today sharing his new single, ‘Cop On A Horse’ – listen here. In tandem with the new music, Elrichman is announcing details of his new album, Heaven’s Mayor, set for release via Bobo Integral on April 24, 2020. The record comes produced by Alex Gamble (Fucked Up, Alvvays) with further contributions coming from members of Hooded Fang (Jon Pappo), Weaves (Zach Bines) and Twisted Pine (Anh Phung).
Following his work as part of Goosebump (formally Germaphobes), Erlichman, who also plays in the jangle-pop quartet, Ducks Unlimited, recorded the new album with Gamble at Toronto’s recently closed studios, The Hive. Thematically, Heaven’s Mayor looks to meticulously examine how to be honest with oneself in a world driven by consumption – whereas Erlichman’s previous writing has invoked character sketches, Heaven’s Mayor, amongst its gorgeous string sections and 80s indie-pop, unabashedly asserts who he is as an artist.
Album opener, ’Cop On A Horse’, diverts from this new sincere tone, however, almost as if Erlichman is keen to purge the final remains of his previous technique from his style-guide. With its wonky-folk aesthetic backed by a scintillating string quartet, the song – dubbed by Erlichman as sounding like a country song set in a modern environment – tells a nonsense story written from the perspective of a cop, then a horse, and then a phone.
“In a way, it’s a song about nothing,” he says. “In Toronto you’ll see man, horse, and phone working together to patrol the city’s streets. The cops will take horses out for walks, strolling down the bike lanes. I suppose they keep them around for crowd control purposes, and they project a gentler image because people like the horsies. I do too.”
Heaven’s Mayor will be the follow-up to 2014’s Young, Healthy and Wonderful with a run of North American dates expected to follow the album release – we’ll have more on these shortly.