BAYONNE DROPS NEW SINGLE AND HEARTFELT VIDEO COMPILATION “WORDS;” ANNOUNCES HEADLINE TOUR
March 3, 2023 BY Jason Currell
Multi-hyphenate experimental musician Roger Sellers, aka Bayonne, drops new single and heartfelt compilation video for “Words” off his upcoming studio album, Temporary Time, releasing via Nettwerk on May 26th. He also announces a forthcoming North American headlining tour.
Bayonne describes the new single, “In many ways, Words is a pinnacle of the record to me. I mean this in terms of musicality and sonic creativity. The meaning is a bit all over the place, but there is definitely a kind of Part A/Part B quality because it was written through a longer and emotionally denser period of time. The first half is more of a contemplation of a romantic relationship that I was involved in at the time. Second half pulls in more of the record’s concept – self-help/discovery.”
He continues, “I love the transition between first and second section. Around 2:24 it feels like it all hits cruise control. This is kind of a moment of clarity. Realizing that I’m overthinking problems. This is when I start expressing more external/social feelings and get a bit positive and satirical. “Useless Millennial / Happiness is on the phone / I think you should take it / Time for you to let it go.”
The compilation video for “Words” features home footage from Bayonne’s childhood. The audio from these home videos is laced ethereally throughout the beauty that is Temporary Time. The most moving part of this compilation piece are the moments in time captured of his dad, who sadly passed away last year. Learning to edit video, Bayonne spent hours sifting through old family VHS tapes to craft this emotional and nostalgic piece.
Watch “Words” Official Compilation Video Below
Today, Bayonne also announces his upcoming headline tour throughout North America that will kick off May 30th in Phoenix and will make stops in Los Angeles, New York, and more. A full list of dates is below. Tickets go on Spotify Fan pre-sale Wednesday at 10am local time and to the general public this Friday at 10am local time at bayonnemusic.com
Bayonne Tour Dates:
5/30 – Phoenix, AZ – Valley Bar
5/31 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah
6/2 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Troubadour
6/3 – San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
6/5 – Seattle, WA @ Madame Lou’s
6/6 – Vancouver, BC @ Fortune Sound Club
6/7 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
6/9 – Salt Lake City @ Kilby Court
6/10 – Denver, CO @ Lost Lake
6/12 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St Entry
6/13 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas
6/15 – Columbus, OH @ The Basement
6/16 – Cleveland, OH @ Mahall’s
6/17 – Toronto, ON @ Monarch Tavern
6/19 – Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
6/20 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Made
6/21 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
6/23 – Vienna, VA @ Jammin’ Java
6/24 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle Backroom
6/25 – Atlanta, GA @ Vinyl Centerstage
6/27 – Dallas, TX @ Club DaDa
6/28 – Austin, TX @ New Parish
Temporary Time also features recent releases “Is It Time,”“Solo,” and “Right Thing.” Bayonne veers into the propulsive dark-pop of “Right Thing,” one of several tracks featuring the ghostlike samples of audio lifted from his family home movies. While Bayonne wrote and recorded his first two albums in solitude, he took to a more collaborative approach with his third full-length, bringing in outside ideas via co-production credits with Jon Joseph and fellow Austin native Danny Reisch, who also mixed the record.
Pre-Order Temporary Time on limited edition electric blue vinyl HERE
A lot more to come from this multi-faceted, talented human.
Since his 2016 debut album Primitives, Bayonne has channeled his vast imagination into an elegant yet wildly experimental form of electronic pop, equal parts meditative and mesmerizing. In the making of his latest body of work, the Austin-based artist/producer/multi-instrumentalist otherwise known as Roger Sellers found himself in even greater need of an outlet for his kinetic creative impulses, thanks to an intense convergence of events in his personal life: his father’s diagnosis with and eventual death from cancer, the end of a significant relationship, and an overwhelming struggle with depression and anxiety.
After putting out a handful of avant-folk-leaning projects under his own name, he adopted the Bayonne moniker in the mid-2010s and released Primitives to acclaim from major outlets like MOJO, who noted that the album merges “the celestial overlaid vocals of AnCo, Toro Y Moi’s soaring gauzy electronic pop, the live, looping sample techniques of tUnE-yArDs and D.D. Dumbo, and even Steve Reich’s shuddering, percussive experiments in repetition—with charming results.” An artist that NPR has hailed for his “sheer talent and keep-you-guessing nature” he is now signed to Nettwerk and has released two singles, “Is It Time” and “Solo,” both incorporating voice, synths, looping, effects, acoustic percussion, and more.