New Zealand has proven itself to be a major spawning ground for brooding new talent over the past few years with Lorde, Broods and Thomston all emerging as strong voices in the field of emotionally fragile, electro-navigated song, and going on to showcase their talents overseas.
The latest name to add to the list is the much-touted Wellingtonian musician Eddie Johnston – aka Lontalius – who today debuted the music video for his new single All I Wanna Say and released the track online.
Lontalius has been doing the rounds for a while now with several EPs and singles already under his belt, but this slow-burning firecracker, based upon the themes of trust and intimacy, is the first taster of his upcoming debut studio album which will arrive next year.
“I’ve never really liked music videos because I don’t tend to think visually when I am making music,” the singer-songwriter says of his foray in to putting a visual aesthetic to his tracks. “As a result, this video is uncomplicated: just my best friend teaching me how to ride a bike. I hope that with the simplicity of the lyrics and the video, there is room for people to relate it to their own experiences with both romantic and platonic love.”
The premiere of the clip coincides with the announcement that the 18 year old has signed to US label Partisan, and that he will join CHVRCHES, Purity Ring and Beach House on the line up for the 2016 Laneway festival which will take place in Auckland on 1 February. Tickets go on sale next week, and details can be found here.
Download All I Wanna Say from iTunes here and catch the video below.