California native Brandon Hoogenboom launched his music career in Australia, as a busker and then as part of the band Set Sail, before returning to the U.S. a few years back. Since, he’s released a handful of solo material and been involved in other projects, including the duos Casual Vice and High Morale.
The album’s title might be a mouthful, but the music soars with clarity — finely crafted and atmospheric folk-pop inspired by the likes of Andy Shauf, Robin Pecknold and Father John Misty. He worked with producer Stefan Mac and engineer Bobby Krakowski on the record, toiling in a space adjacent to the producer’s studio. “It was a huge benefit to lock myself in a room and hunker down on this thing,” Hoogenboom says.
Warm harmonies and shimmering instrumentation inject the new single “The Violinist (Paralyzed & Penalized)” with emotional poignancy as Hoogenboom looks to assuage painful memories of a breakup that has left him “loath to love.”
Hoogenboom introduced the album in October with the upbeat “Skipping Town,” also a breakup song but this one inspired by an old bandmate who ghosted him. “It was a really strange scenario,” the songwriter says. “He skipped town, and the project was over. But songs like these are a way for me to process what I went through.”
||| Stream: “The Violinist (Paralyzed & Penalized)” and “Skipping Town”
||| Live: Brandon Hoogenboom plays Feb. 10 at Landers San Clemente.