EXCLUSIVE NPR ‘ALL SONGS CONSIDERED’ EXTENDED INTERVIEW WITH BOB BOILEN COMING SOON
On the heels of last week’s surprise release of FKA twigs’ M3LL15X EP, BOOTS – the sole producer behind four of the EP’s five tracks – is now announcing the release of his debut album, AQUΛRIA, due out Friday, November 13th on Columbia Records. Featuring co-production from El-P (Run The Jewels) and Carla Azar (Autolux), AQUΛRIA is set somewhere in a twilight realm of the Information Era as BOOTS blends masterful musical styles and gritty vocals with a futuristic approach at creating a boundary-crushing defiance to the established musical hivemind.
As a first offering, BOOTS gives us the title track to AQUΛRIA which features Angel Deradoorian (The Dirty Projectors) on vocals and is available to listen to here.
Coming soon, be sure to tune in to a very special episode NPR’s ALL SONGS CONSIDERED as Bob Boilen – an early BOOTS fan – sits down with him to dissect the album and give listeners a taste of the new music. Delving deep, the two discuss pivotal moments in BOOTS life and career, unveiling a side of BOOTS few have ever known.
In February of 2015, esteemed New York Times music critic Jon Pareles traveled to the Mojave Desert to meet with Jordy Asher aka BOOTS. Asher was in the process of making his short film Motorcycle Jesus, the companion to a soundtrack of five songs which had piqued Pareles’ interest. Over a few days in the desert, he and BOOTS discussed his unlikely origin story: from sleeping on floors to becoming the secret weapon powering critical and commercial smashes for the likes of Beyonce, FKA twigs, and others — all the while crafting his own material for his WinterSpringSummerFall mixtape and Motorcycle Jesus. Pareles drew out of him the genesis of his ambition:
The dogged survival instinct of his character in Motorcycle Jesus, he said, reflects “people, like myself, who just have to keep moving forward and working, to keep my head and do what my gut tells me. Because I don’t know what happens if I stop working, or if I stop moving, or if I stop going perpetually forward. And I’m afraid to find out.”
That profile, the multimedia release of Motorcycle Jesus and a blazing TV debut on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon would conspire to introduce BOOTS to the world as a creative force to be reckoned with in his own right.
BOOTS will be on tour this fall supporting Run The Jewels. Full list of tour dates are below.
09/12/15 – Buffalo, NY – Edgefest
09/27/15 – Washington, DC – Landmark Music Fest
09/29/15 – Tuscon, AZ – Rialto Theatre +
09/30/15 – El Paso, TX – Tricky Falls +
10/03/15 – Austin, TX – ACL Festival
10/05/15 – Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works +
10/06/15 – Memphis, TN – Minglewood Hall +
10/07/15 – Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom +
10/10/15 – Austin, TX – ACL Festival
10/12/15 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues +
10/13/15 – Houston, TX – House of Blues +
10/15/15 – Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre +
10/20/15 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre +
10/21/15 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre +
10/22/15 – Kansas City, MO – Arvest Bank Theatre +
10/23/15 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue +
10/24/15 – Royal Oak, MI – Royal Oak Music Theatre +
+ supporting Run The Jewels