VIDEO PREMIERE: BOYO “HIT OR MISS”
BOYO‘s Bobby Tilden is just off what sounds like a scary year of mystery medical problems and exhausting medication, a combination that saw Tilden bunker up in his room and dedicate himself totally to making his coming Dance Alone album. New single “Hit Or Miss” itself sounds sorta half-tranquilized, like a bummed-out AOR break-up song waking up after a long night in the ER—think Ned Doheny or Bobby Caldwell fighting through L.A.’s heavy morning fog.
Tilden’s steady falsetto and spot-on arrangements match nicely with the retro-not-retro production and a precision video—directed by Nathan Castiel, shot by Patrick Jewett, colored nicely by Stephen Derluguian and edited by Nathan Castiel and Jared Piller—that’s bleak and funny at the same time, though there’s never any kind of punchline. (There are some solid lumberjack moments, though.) Says Tilden: “I wanted to toggle the lines between Amy Winehouse, Flight of the Concords, and Connan Mockasin by interpolating older soul elements but taking my modern, sardonic take on life and putting that in the forefront. I wanted to take something so un-sexy, like staying inside and drawing—something I regularly do—and put it over a nasty beat, essentially.”
BOYO’s Dance Alone will be out Nov. 9 on Danger Collective!