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MICHELLE Announce New Album “Songs About You Specifically” For 27th September Via Transgressive & Share New Single “Oontz”

June 24, 2024
Songs About You Specifically album art by Raphael Gaultie

MICHELLE

Announce New Album “Songs About You Specifically” due 27th September via Transgressive

MICHELLE are excited to announce their new album Songs About You Specifically due September 27th on Transgressive. Alongside the announcement the band shares a new single “Oontz”, The track eases effortlessly into a silky groove, while detailing the pitfalls of an unstable relationship. 

MICHELLE have mastered the art of this elevated, enthusiastic ensemble with rich textures and a sunny, if not infectious delivery. The new single is the perfect summer-inspired hit, another track that captures the impressive energy of this outfit that courses through the soundscape and adds to the vibrant appeal. The track rejoices with this bouncy status.

While writing their new album MICHELLE decided to rent out a house in Ojai, California. Surrounded by lizards, the smell of ripe cactus fruit, and endless expanses of sand, they experienced a sense of solitude and closeness they hadn’t before. It shifted the tone of their work. While their earlier music channelled the churning restlessness of the city, these news songs meander and expand into starry shoegaze reveries, slick funk riffs, and lilting 80s synth pop. 

The months they spent touring, as well as the experience of living together in Ojai, fostered new bonds between the band. “There are friends I’ve had for almost my whole life who I won’t know as intimately as I know members of this group,” Emma Lee says. “There isn’t really an opportunity for that in any other kind of relationship in your life.” The sense of trust and comfort they fostered with each other allowed them to be more candid and vulnerable in their songwriting too. “It’s so easy to write a generic love or breakup song,” Julian Kaufman says. “But many of these stories are true. We’re coming from a really honest place.” 

Their newfound closeness helped them write more vulnerable music. On Songs About You Specifically, the band members express their complicated desires, voice their regrets, and own up to their moments of selfishness. By slowing down, cutting out any distractions, and fostering a sense of communal closeness that necessitated honesty, MICHELLE ended up with a collection of songs that feel like the truth.

MICHELLE is comprised of Sofia D’Angelo, Julian Kaufman, Charlie Kilgore, Layla Ku, Emma Lee, and Jamee Lockard. The predominantly POC and queer collective mix and match the writing and production groups amongst the six of them. All 6 members of the group grew up in New York, and their fluorescent R&B encapsulates the best the city has to offer: the glow of neon lights bouncing off rain-slicked streets, the taste of a sticky mango purchased on a summertime Q train. The new album follows their GLOW EP and critically acclaimed albums AFTER DINNER WE TALK DREAMS and HEATWAVE.

Following these releases the band travelled the U.S. and Europe opening for Gus Dapperton, Arlo Parks, and Mitski, selling out their own headline shows, and playing festivals across the world. It was an experience that shifted their perspective and sense of place heading into the new album. 

MICHELLE

Songs About You Specifically

Transgressive Records

27th September 2024

1. Mentos and Coke

2. Blissing

3. Akira

4. Cathy

5. Dropout

6. Noah

7. Missing on One

8. I’m Not Trying

9. Oontz

10. Painkiller

11. Trackstar

https://www.wearemichelle.com

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