SONTALK announces debut album

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Submitted by -Big Hassle Media Mon, 01/28/2019 - 9:12 am

STAY WILD, the debut album from SONTALK, is set for release MARCH 15 from Sony Music Masterworks. Available now for preorder, the twelve-track collection follows the personal trials, tribulations and triumphs of JOSEPH LEMAY, the singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist behind SONTALK. Included with today's preorder is "I AM A MOUNTAIN," a multilayered, enveloping ballad detailing the before-and-after of a tumultuous relationship. Sonically, "I Am A Mountain" serves as the dynamic apex of Stay Wild, featuring a loping pace and persistent, driving beat that swells and crescendos to mimic the emotional rise and fall of a failing relationship - listen here.

"'I Am A Mountain' is a song with a few trajectories of meaning," says SONTALK. "On one level, it's a story about a mountain being exploited by a mining company. On another level, it's a story about a person with a heart of gold being totally used up by a parasitic individual. And on a third level, it's about how life seems to take the most out of the people with the purest hearts and the most good to offer the world. On Stay Wild, 'I Am A Mountain' comes at a point in the album where the main character is far from home and has come to a full understanding of just how much life has taken out of him."

By way of familial candor and visceral vulnerability, the twelve tracks comprising SONTALK's 2019 full-length debut album, Stay Wild, chronicle musician Joseph LeMay's journey of self-reflection, discovery, acceptance and, ultimately, growth. Throughout the creative process, LeMay's path spanned everything from frequent admittance to the psychiatric ward due to intense bouts with bipolar disorder and a suicide in the family to the birth of his son and ultimately, his creative awakening as SONTALK. In 2016, LeMay met producer Jeremy Lutito [Chuck Berry, Colony House] at the suggestion of engineer Logan Matheny. Together, they brought the vision of SONTALK to life, recording Stay Wild alongside Matheny at Big Light Studio.

Describing it as, "a series of open letters the main character leaves for his inner child," LeMay imbues his debut with moments of triumph and despair, tossing and turning between emotional extremes to create an openly honest dialogue with himself and listeners. The inner duality LeMay speaks of is a notion fully explored throughout the entirety of Stay Wild, an expansion of the emotional terrain covered by his introductory EP, SONTALK: Act I, released last April. On Act I, the lead single "I Am A War Machine," through jagged textures and frenetic rhythms, LeMay invokes a voice on the verge of mental unraveling while simultaneously realizing its volatility and gaining awareness.

The follow-up to Act I and lead offering from Stay Wild, "Baby, I'm Gone" fuses a stark and soulful vocal to sinewy acoustic guitar and a glitchy beat, with LeMay's haunting voice echoing with powerful passion and plaintive poetry. Rolling Stone named "Baby, I'm Gone" one of the 10 best new releases of the week, calling the track, "an evocative, compelling song about leaving negative feelings in the rearview mirror." Elsewhere the album is grounded by LeMay's powerful vocals and a delicate dissonance of multifarious sonic textures that range from distorted slide guitar transmissions, sequenced beats, vinyl samples and warm electronics. The result is a deeply emotional journey into LeMay's life, offering a therapeutic and universal wisdom meant to be shared for a long time to come.

"Whenever somebody lays themselves bare and is vulnerable, it's easier to empathize," concludes SONTALK. "My hope is that by being honest, I can give listeners something to hold on to. By reflecting, I'd love to help people with their own self-reflection. For others who have had experiences like I've gone through, I hope the music is a consolation. I'm reminding them they're not alone. This is just my version of a universal experience."

Today's album announcement arrives alongside the start of nearly 40 new tour dates for SONTALK, beginning with a U.S. run in support of Bronze Radio Return. SONTALK will celebrate the March release of Stay Wild with two major festival appearances, first at Savannah Stopover Festival and then making his SXSW debut in Austin, TX. He will hit the road again at the start of April, supporting artist Telekinesis on a month-long North American tour, with stops at renowned venues including Rough Trade (Brooklyn), U Street Music Hall (Washington DC), The Basement (Nashville), Café Du Nord (San Francisco) and more. For the latest in touring news and ticketing information please visit SONTALKmusic.com.

SONTALK - STAY WILD

TRACKLIST

1. Stay Wild

2. I Am a War Machine

3. Baby, I'm Gone

4. Ca Va & C'est La Vie

5. I Am a Mountain

6. One Day It's Gonna Break

7. Hosánna (God, Damn My Soul)

8. Jesus Honey

9. Hurt You

10. Kiss Me, Kill Me (Cover Me in Red)

11. The One Who Breaks Your Heart

12. Julian

SONTALK 2018-2019 TOUR DATES

January

29 - Charlotte, NC - Visulite Theatre*

30 - Charleston, SC - The Charleston Pour House*

31 - Orlando, FL - SoundBar*

February

7 - Tampa, FL - Crowbar*

8 - Atlanta, GA - Vinyl at Center Stage*

9 - Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle Back Room*

March

7 - Savannah, GA - Savannah Stopover Music Festival

12-16 - Austin, TX - SXSW

April

1 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court**

2 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge**

4 - Omaha, NE - Slowdown Jr.**

5 - Davenport, IA - The Raccoon Motel**

6 - St. Paul, MN - Turf Club**

7 - Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon**

8 - Chicago, IL - Schubas**

10 - Detroit, MI - El Club**

11 - Toronto, ON - The Drake**

12 - Montreal, QC - Bar le Ritz**

13 - Allston, MA - Great Scott**

14 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brendas**

16 - Brooklyn, NY - Rough Trade**

17 - Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall**

18 - Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle Back Room**

19 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl**

20 - Nashville, TN - The Basement**

22 - Dallas, TX - Ruins**

23 - Houston, TX - Rockefellers**

24 - Austin, TX - 3TEN ACL Live**

26 - Phoenix, AZ - Rebel Lounge**

27 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah**

28 - Los Angeles, CA - Moroccan Lounge**

30 - San Francisco, CA - Café Du Nord**

May

1 - Chico, CA - Sierra Nevada Big Room **

2 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios**

3 - Seattle, WA - Neumo's**

4 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret**

17 - Lacrosse, WI - Mid West Music Fest

* w/ Bronze Radio Return

** w/ Telekinesis

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