CRITICAL PRAISE FOR LEAD SINGLE “WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO ME?”
Included on NPR Music‘s New Music Friday playlist
“A big, zonked-out psychedelic pop number with a few notes of R&B. It’s got a big and festival-ready sense of sweep.” – Stereogum
“Employs shimmering keys and harmonies to craft mesmerising dream pop.” – Alt Press, Best Songs of the Week
“R&B-tinged, psychedelic-leaning dream-pop.” – Cool Hunting
“Familiar themes of romance and dreams taking an existential turn.” –Flood
Today, Oberhofer announces his first album in nearly 6 years, Smothered, alongside a new single and music video, “Let It Go”. With Smothered, out November 12 via Telefono Records, Oberhofer fashions songs from the sparks of his own creative fire, through personal tragedy, professional uncertainty, and existential crises. He imprinted the anxiety, depression, and darkness of a two-year whirlwind upon tense dream-pop underpinned by wistful crescendos, harmonies straight-out-of-the-fifties, and soundtrack-worthy synth transmissions. The album features Teddy Geiger, Shamir and Nick Valensi of The Strokes. Additional performers include King Princess on “Dreaming Of U”, Jónsi on “All I Want”, and Girlpool on “Miss Yr Face”.
On the new single “Let It Go”, Oberhofer’s vocals circle around a glitchy beat and hazy synths. It culminates on the epiphany, “life feels really heavy if you give insignificant things too much credence. I don’t need a big budget. I don’t need popularity. I just need an outlet to share the beauty I see,” Oberhofer says.
“Let It Go” is preceded by the release of “What Does It Mean To Me?”, also featured on Smothered. The album follows a number of recent collaborations including co-writing fan favourite “4Runner” from Rostam’s latest LP, which Pitchfork called the “ecstatic peak” and Rolling Stone called “thrilling”.
Composer, producer, and musician from Brooklyn, NY and Tacoma, WA, now based in Los Angeles, Brad Oberhofer carved out his own milieu with Time Capsules II (2012) and Chronovision (2015). Turning heads, he garnered critical acclaim from Billboard, Rolling Stone, The Guardian, The Line of Best Fit, Consequence of Sound, Flood Magazine, Vice, and more in addition touring with Sleigh Bells, Beach House, and Matt & Kim and enchanting audiences at Coachella, Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, SXSW, and The Late Show with David Letterman.
Throughout 2020, he performed 115 consecutive nights of improvised piano on Instagram Live, with the sole objective of comforting lonely people during the pandemic. After years of touring with his band, producing its music and landing dozens of synch placements, Oberhofer has also established himself as an in-demand composer for film, television and advertisements, as well as performing as an instrumentalist on recordings by the likes of Katy Perry, King Princess, Moses Sumney, Amber Mark and others.
2. In The Blink Of An Eye (Time Passes By)
3. All I Want (feat. Teddy Geiger)
4. Miss Yr Face
5. Dreaming Of U
6. Entering The Dream
7. SUNSHiiNE (feat. Shamir, Nick Valensi)
8. What Does It Mean To Me?
9. Let It Go
10. Friends In Heaven