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November 19, 2020




 Songwriter-producer Baio announces his third studio album Dead Hand Control available January 29, 2021 on Glassnote Records. The announcement is trailed with new singles ‘Endless Me, Endlessly’ and ‘What Do You Say When I’m Not There?’, out now. The tracks are also accompanied by a video for “Endless Me, Endlessly” which features the artist singing in reverse. Both singles are streaming across all platforms from here

“Endless Me, Endlessly” hooks you instantly. Deep rolling rhythms and bold brooding lyrics fixating on the disco beat. Big sweeping melodies will move you.

Baio, who is also the bassist for Grammy-Award winners Vampire Weekend, recorded Dead Hand Control over 18 months at Damon Albarn’s 13 Studios in London, as well as his C+C Music Factory (founded with VW bandmate Chris Tomson in Los Angeles). The album takes its name from a rumoured Soviet missile system designed to obliterate America (“Dead Hand”), and a legal strategy for attempting to control the beneficiaries of your will after you die (“Dead Hand Control”). Baio explains, “I was looking at the past five years of American life and obsessing about topics like death, wills and nuclear war”, he says, of the album’s origins. “But at its heart, it’s about how the only thing you can control is the way you treat the people in your life.”

Baio zigzags joyfully between techno, art rock and a dash of funk, exploring what it means to care for one another in a society in upheaval. The buoyant Talking Heads-inspired ‘Endless Me, Endlessly’ is an undeniable proclamation of selflessness. Baio shares that, “Endless Me, Endlessly’ is a simple song about being there in every possible capacity for someone else. Through hard times just as much as good times. In a way, it’s a bit of a fantasy – a single person cannot be everything to someone else. Lately, though, I have found fantasy to be a thing of comfort.” That theme is echoed in the video for the track where he is recorded performing celebratory acts backwards.

Conversely, ‘What Do You Say When I’m Not There?’ is “The polar opposite emotionally. It’s an ode to insecurity and the fact that you can never truly know what is going on in someone else’s mind. With this song I tried to strike a pointed contrast between melancholy lyrics and an upbeat, sunny energy.”

The album features Baio’s long time guitarist George Hume, drummer and State Department Jazz Ambassador Robby Sinclair, Future Classic’s Buzzy Lee, and VW touring member Greta Morgan, on backing vocals. The album was made with Baio’s longtime engineer John Foyle and mixed by Lars Stalfors (St. Vincent, Still Woozy). Dead Hand Control marks a banner year for Baio, which saw a Grammy win for Best Alternative Album for Vampire Weekend, an EP release from C.Y.M., Baio’s project with Mike Greene (a.k.a. Fort Romeau), and the launch of Ringer podcast The Road Taken (hosted by Baio & Tomson).

Pre-order Dead Hand Control here:


  1. Dead Hand Control
  2. Endless Me, Endlessly
  3. What Do You Say When I’m Not There?
  4. Dead Hand
  5. Take It From Me
  6. Caisse Noire
  7. Never Never Never
  8. O.M.W.

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