Minneapolis Indie-Pop Artist Landon Conrath Releases Debut Album ‘Nothing Matters Anyway’
September 9, 2022 BY Jason Currell
September 9, 2022 – Today, the multi-faceted Minneapolis indie-pop artist Landon Conrath is proud to release his debut album, Nothing Matters Anyway. After breaking onto the scene in 2020 and going viral on Spotify, Landon Conrath has entrenched himself in the Minneapolis indie world and beyond with his artfully crafted anthems and vulnerable lyricism. Nothing Matters Anyway is available now on all digital retailers (here).
“When I signed a record deal I think I pictured my first record release happening with more champagne,” Landon explains candidly. “Instead, it’s midnight and I’m in my basement editing a video that I’m about to deliver 2 weeks late. And you know, I think I prefer it this way. It’s weird to still be thinking about these songs that have been a part of my life for so long already, in some ways I’ve already moved onto the next thing. But they’re still special, and they still mean a lot to me, and now I hope they mean something to you. “Nothing Matters Anyway” was the hardest thing I’ve ever done, but it’s yours now.”
To celebrate the release, Landon Conrath has announced an album release party in his hometown of Minneapolis on September 23rd at The Fine Line. Openers include Lupin (Jake Luppen of Hippo Campus), and special guests Why Not. Tickets are on sale now at https://first-avenue.com/event/2022-09-landon-conrath/.
Nothing Matters Anyway is out now via Nettwerk.
ABOUT LANDON CONRATH:
Since making his debut in 2020, Landon Conrath’s distinctive brand of hook-laden indie-pop has seen him become a viral sensation on Spotify, landing on influential playlists virtually overnight. His authentic, off-the-cuff style has resonated with listeners worldwide, amassing millions of streams. “I never wanted to make anything that was based on a trend. It’s exciting to have the freedom to really choose who I want to be and what I want to say. My goal is to make music that people can connect with.”
There’s a palpable energy in songs like “Papercuts” and “lowercase,” as honest lyrics reflect on the perils of youth and “letting your heart do all the thinking.” Conrath made his Nettwerk debut with his EP Dazed & Confused (2021), a collection of up-tempo grooves full of glistening guitar licks and late-night revelations. It’s two am on the phone again; you got me thinking we’re more than friends, he croons in “2AM.”
Now Landon returns with his debut full-length Nothing Matters Anyway, an 8-song expression of the growing pains of youth and all the pitfalls that come with it. We find Landon taking a more mature and nuanced approach while still delivering his signature break-neck choruses and angsty energy.
“Boulevards” and “Casanova” both serve as carefree bangers with anthemic attitudes that could easily sit next to Bad Suns or The 1975 on a playlist. “Last Week” sees Conrath at his most vulnerable, opening up about a toxic relationship with a musical collaborator. It’s an honest account of how negative relationships affect our mental well-being.
“Last Week is about a person in my life who made me feel like I was constantly under their feet,” Landon explains. “We worked super closely together, but I always felt like my ideas weren’t good enough and that I should just quit music in general. Whether it was truly a bad situation or if I just put those ideals on myself, this song illustrates with the struggles of self-worth.“
Then there’s “Trader Joe’s,“ a song co-produced with fellow Minnesota native Jake Luppen of Hippo Campus. Perhaps his most dynamic effort to date, the song shows off sizzling synths, swaggering melodies, and a furious chorus.
Throughout the album, Landon juxtaposes his cathartic lyricism with uplifting melodies, showing listeners that there’s always a way to heal.
With each phrase, Landon lives in the moment, and whether it’s emotional hell, taking kicks to the belt, or dealing with a love interest that’s in his head wreaking havoc, we’re right there with him. “I think everyone has felt that sting of being led to believe something that isn’t true and the fallout that can take place in your brain.” Landon uses music to grapple with his uncertainty. He graduated college during the pandemic, found a new relationship, and signed a record deal with Nettwerk. Through it all, he’s found a way to stay true to himself.
LANDON CONRATH IN THE PRESS…
“…writing catchy hooks… the 23-year-old Minnesotan has music in his bones…” –MN Daily
“A palpable energy reflecting a quick heartbeat and reminiscent memories of driving recklessly with friends.” –Early Rising
Song of the Day – The Current
“Driven by a strong bass line, Conrath’s powerful vocals and lyrics that’ll inspire you to drive down the highway with the windows down, the song arrives just in time for summer nights.” -Prelude Press
“The blend of honest lyrics matched with the happy production is perfect, and it has us all wanting more from the emerging artist.” –Banger of the Day
2. Last Week
3. So, So
4. Science Fiction
6. Leap Year
8. Trader Joe’s