Nik Ewing is taking over the Beach Boy’s ‘Pacific Ocean Blue’ with cameos from his Local Natives bandmates, Cults, Chris Chu of POP ETC, Nico Segal and extra.
Local Natives' Nik Ewing is debuting a brand new facet challenge known as Chewing with an album protecting Dennis Wilson of the Beach Boys' 1977 solo launch, Pacific Ocean Blue.
It's a becoming tribute to the cult-favorite — from one Los Angeles-based sideman to a different, full of cameos from Ewing's Local Natives bandmates, Cults, The Gloomies, Chris Chu of POP ETC, Evan Voytas and Nico Segal — born from a glum drive throughout the town that turned memorable, because of the proper soundtrack.
"With zero hyperbole, driving throughout L.A. can take half an hour or 4 days. One of the extra manageable instances I drove throughout the town, it took me 37 minutes and 15 seconds, the size of Pacific Ocean Blue by Dennis Wilson," Ewing tells Billboard. "Like many vital first album listening experiences, your complete setting surrounding that pay attention burnt into my reminiscence. It was like that unhappy, darkish album was made particularly for that particular unhappy, darkish drive throughout L.A. A haunted, outcast Beach Boy who nonetheless sung easy Beach Boy lyrics like "I'm sorry, I miss you" however whose weathered voice is painfully extra sincere with out the hole late '70s shine from his band (who seemingly didn't miss him that a lot)."
On album opener "River Song," it's instantly clear Ewing isn't content material to only cowl Wilson's tracks, however is reimagining them solely to make them his personal. Joined by Local Natives, "River Song" rolls alongside on heavy manufacturing that sways between minimal and intense, from discordant to comforting, with assist from his bandmates' superbly accentuating harmonies. Later, with "Moonshine," Cults' Madeline Follin takes the lead with distorted vocals floating over atmospheric composition, delivering an airiness that runs via the LP, befitting that acquainted journey Ewing took years again from the town to the shore. Both songs are premiering solely under with Billboard.
"I actually love when artists give their very own radical tackle a track," says Ewing. "Luckily this album isn't as 'sacred' as if I coated Pet Sounds in its entirety, which allowed me much more liberty. I needed to re-imagine this album in a a lot darker and ambient context: to movement like a misplaced mixtape and to sound cohesive with all of the voices … weaving out and in all through; and clearly I couldn't not have my band contribute stunning, lush harmonies to a Beach Boy cowl album."
While followers watch for a brand new Local Natives album, it's spectacular to see Ewing proudly owning his personal inventive voice as he steps out on his personal with such creative success — simply as Wilson did from the Beach Boys over 4 a long time prior. Still, it's assuring to listen to his bandmates have had his again all through the method.
"I began engaged on this album throughout our Sunlit Youth World Tour after which in between our periods recording Local Natives' LP4," says Ewing. "I began 'River Song' on a day without work in Austin, displaying Ryan [Hahn] after which rapidly getting Kelcey [Ayer] to document a scratch vocal. I at all times needed the album to movement like a misplaced mixtape, virtually within the spirit of a correct Beach Boys album with so many voices singing 'lead,' however darker. My band is absolutely collaborative and when engaged on music I'll usually consider melodies when it comes to, 'Oh, that's good for Taylor's [Rice] voice' or 'Ryan ought to sing the next concord.' While engaged on this album, I rapidly discovered that I needed extra voices than simply my band, which is the place the otherworldly pop of Cults match completely on 'Moonshine.'"
Chewing's Pacific Ocean Blue can be launched on Dec. 21, solely on vinyl Turntable Kitchen's Sounds Delicious vinyl subscription sequence in a restricted version urgent that includes paintings by Teresa Grasseschi. Pre-orders can be found here.