Boy Willows Shares ‘BANGS’ EP; Check out “Fila and Friends” Featuring Alisa Xayalith & Dylan Minnette
September 20, 2021 BY Nettwerk
What The Press Is Saying About Boy Willows:
“rising star” – FLAUNT
“experimental folk-pop…” – PAPER Magazine
“authenticity in abundance” – Line of Best Fit
“he’s cemented his own place in Gen Z’s notorious iconography” – VMAN
“BANGS is a testament to the artist’s DIY spirit and impacts the listener in subtle but striking ways” – Ones To Watch
“truly experimental” – Ladygunn
“his DIY approach extends to each note and emerges in often subtle but always striking ways” – CLASH
“stands out as an artist with a refreshing psych-folk sound” – EARMILK
“introspective healing and relatable vulnerability encased with charming soundscape woven with nostalgia and therapeutic contemplation” – Euphoria
‘”easy to swoon for and even easier to groove to” – Indie Shuffle
“hypnotic” – Coup De Main
“Rising bedroom-pop artist whose music blends sounds of experimental folk-pop, jazz, indie, and psych-pop” – Unpublished Zine
Boy Willows‘ music tells a story of unbridled, modernist creativity. The BANGS EP (out now via Nettwerk Records) is a delicate example of Fleischman’s aptitude for worldbuilding. The vocalist, producer, and multi-creative makes music that is spacious and special. While about specific experiences and moments, his songs also capture those unique, diaphanous moments that seem to only exist in memory: the feeling of the sun filtering through threadbare curtains or club lights caught from behind eyelids.
Besides music, Landon works as a lighting designer for other artists, helping them achieve the gossamer atmos that come so naturally to him. BANGS represents Landon’s intimate understanding of how to bend and mold light to convey art.
Last year, Landon released “Fila (feat. Dylan Minnette of Wallows)” and “I Love It When You Talk.” This year, he returned with three singles – “No Contest,” a “low-key vibe of R&B with hazy sun-lit pop melodies” [Under The Radar], “Tuff,” an ironic take on the perception of self when faced with the challenges of reality, and “Yello House,” a lo-fi pop track defined by warm, warping guitars. Elsewhere on the EP, Landon reunites with Minette + additional vocals from friend Alisa Xayalith (The Naked and Famous) on “Fila and Friends.”
“I wrote my verse for ‘Fila’ during a very transitional and fragile period in my life. I felt like I was stuck in a loop of catastrophizing and bouts of self-imposter syndrome when making important decisions in my career. Landon’s lyric – ‘Runnin’ runnin’ runnin’ round in circles’ was the perfect launch pad to explore this idea. During times like these, the friends I have around me remind me of who I am when I can’t see the forest for the trees. It takes a while before things start making sense, and you begin to see yourself in a more positive light” – Alisa Xayalith.
“‘Fila’ has always been about envy of youth and anger at aging. It’s surreal and dreamy, really out of the body, so I wanted to lean into that this time. The new perspective that Alisa’s verse brought to this track was exactly what it needed; this is a more honest Fila because of her” – Landon Fleischman.
“Landon first played me the song when we were sharing a tour bus together. It was only about 30 seconds long at the time and I immediately was so inspired by it and I told him I thought he should extend it because it’s so great. He asked me if I wanted to throw on a verse myself and my little warm heart exploded” – Dylan Minnette.