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The New Romantics

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ahorserunning A phenomenal and worthy follow up to the absurdly underrated COOLRUNNINGS albums. Getting a new iteration of The Fool and finally owning it on wax is a gift. Maybe we’ll get Fool Moon on the next LP and complete the set. I can’t tell you how happy it makes me to know that this project lives on through The New Romantics. The album is packed with surprising variety(Untitled kicks ass!) but always maintains that style that got me hooked on Biondo’s music in the first place. My kind of sound Favorite track: You Got It Right.
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Let You Down 03:40
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Liquid Sky 03:24
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The Fool 03:46
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Tell You 02:28
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Every Day 05:29
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Untitled 03:04
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Julia 04:08
10.
Something 05:04

about

Tennessee-based multi-instrumentalist Brandon Biondo has been writing and recording as The New Romantics for years, but his new self-titled LP serves as the project’s formal introduction. Over ten tracks, The New Romantics blends a wide range of moods and styles, from post-punk to synth-pop to psych rock, into an experience that’s both timeless and singular. There are tight hooks and catchy riffs in Biondo’s music, but it’s not quite pop; there are layers of echo and reverb, but it’s not totally shoegaze either. What unites the diverse sound of The New Romantics is in the name itself: not romance per se, but deep emotion, as Biondo leaves his listeners with a distinctly tender and star-crossed feeling.

As a member of projects like Coolrunnings, Walsh, and Royal Bangs, Biondo is a long-time lynchpin of the Knoxville, Tennessee music scene, and his work combines a strong melodic sensibility with a careful attention to sonic detail. The stylistic diversity of The New Romantics underlines the sheer variety of music that Biondo has played throughout his career: “Every Day” feels like the woozy dream pop you’d hear on a Sofia Coppola soundtrack, while the jangly sock-hop sound of “Julia” almost channels American Graffiti. The synthesizer symphony of the instrumental “Untitled” has a cinematic ambience that’s soundtrack-ready, but The New Romantics isn’t pure fantasy. Songs like “Hard To Let You Go” bring a new vulnerability and personal depth to Biondo’s lyricism, offering a sense of comfort and catharsis.

-- Nadine Smith, @trillmoregirls

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released October 27, 2023

All songs performed by Brandon Biondo
Additional Vocals by Nichole McMinn on "Something"

All songs written by Brandon Biondo except:
"Liquid Sky" - Biondo / Ferguson
"Julia" and "Something" - Biondo / McMinn

Recorded at home in Knoxville between Deery Street, Vucrest Ave, and Fairmont Blvd

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