Visionary Indie Quartet altopalo Share New Album ‘frenemy’ + LA, NYC, Chicago Dates on Sale Now!
September 23, 2022 BY Jason Currell
altopalo today share their anticipated, genre-fluid frenemy LP via Nettwerk. They’ll celebrate the release with a hometown show in New York, as well as shows in Los Angeles and Chicago. LISTEN/WATCH HERE.
frenemy is timeless in the way it transforms familiar indie rock/electronic soundscapes into something new. Sometimes it twinkles and sometimes it grinds or glitches. It’s thoughtful, but even more playful. Over the course of the new LP, altopalo breaks down masculinity, chosen-family dynamics, & a decade of growing both together & apart.
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About frenemy, drummer Dillon Treacy says candidly, “this is the first album where I actually know all the lyrics. over the other albums I’ve always felt not necessarily unattached to them, but they always felt specific to whoever was writing them, which is great, but I believe this album really gets to how the four of us feel being in a band / friends in a way that the other albums have not, and it makes me happy.”
Veterans of the New York scene, the four members of altopalo – lead singer Rahm Silverglade, guitarist Mike Haldeman, bassist Jesse Bielenberg and drummer Dillon Treacy – have racked up tens of millions of streams and made fans at Pitchfork, FADER, Stereogum, Nylon, Billboard, Brooklyn Vegan, and more for disintegrating the boundaries of genre, folding in elements of R&B, electronica, ambient and jazz through their deconstructionist approach to guitar-driven music. All four are professional studio & touring musicians outside of the band as well, working alongside and fostering a growing community of incredibly talented artists including Dora Jar, Moses Sumney, L’rain, Bartees Strange, Jon Batiste, Amber Mark, & more.
frenemy, was in part inspired by the following but not limited to: freight trains that passed the house where they recorded the music – long long short long – and their horns, astroturf, a black Chevrolet express van named “honk”, sand dunes, Lake Michigan at sunset, being naked in the water, Settlers of Catan board game pieces, a big blue party bluetooth speaker, Taco Bell and more. Through today’s release, altopalo have done what they do best, creating meaningful, textured, indie-electronic collages that encompass their personal experiences, including overtures to friendships (“Altopalo”), and diss tracks to themselves (“love that 4 u ft. Bartees Strange”). Altruistically motivated to dissolve the confines of heteronormativity, altopalo has fashioned a vessel for open dialog between band-mates, friends and listeners alike.
frenemy is out now via Nettwerk, buy/stream it here.
Media Praise For altopalo:
“…a blend of ambient, indie rock, and R&B that recalls the work of genre-less auteurs like Justin Vernon or James Blake.” –Pitchfork
“…pretty synths collide with abrasive elements suggesting they’ve been listening to SOPHIE while Rahm Silvergade’s vocals shift in pitch and tone throughout, adding to the alien vibe of the music.” –The FADER
“…with the tinges of R&B, soul and pop filling out the meticulously constructed, cavernous rock soundscapes.” –Billboard
“the junk drawer in your house if it was music: bewildering and wondrous” –NYLON
“…an auditory experience that’s both enjoyable and studied, equally erudite and playful.” –Vinyl Me Please
“We promise you this: altopalo are unlike any other band you’ve heard…” –Atwood Magazine