VIDEO PREMIERE: TOLLIVER “TOO MUCH”
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Singular L.A. musician (and L.A. RECORD contributor) Tolliver is about to put out his first release since last year’s Rites EP, and “Too Much” is the b-side of the coming “Keep It Wet” 7″ single—a song that lights up bit by bit like a city skyline at sunset. Where Rites reveled in emotional intensity, “Too Much” plays against the title and gives Tolliver all the sonic space he needs to pull a listener toward him. Every carefully selected element in this song is set for maximized beauty and resonance, especially the negative space, which gives “Too Much” the expansive feel of those endless cloudless L.A. night skies where the streetlights overpower the stars. Much credit to director (and also producer) Kellen Malloy for a powerfully less-is-more sense for composition and contrast, which gives this video a kind of clarity and confidence that could help us all in daily life. It’s written with clarity and confidence, too, an honest but not histrionic chronicle of those moments when you’re just too … much for your own good: “I dont wanna be a casualty of my thoughts,” he sings in his right-on-the-edge falsetto. As he explains:
“I wrote ‘Too Much’ this time last year when it seemed like things were ’bout to start crackin’ for me. I’d kicked a lot of real bad habits, and I was in meetings with labels and sis boom bah. I didn’t want drinking and whatnot to ruin my life—would not be the first time I self-sabotaged. Me and Kellen were also trying to move away from the spacious drum-less sound of Rites to something more uhhh … sex-friendly. So I hope people fuck to this.”
“Too Much” is out as a 7″ on Fri., Mar. 22 on Yerself/Icons Creating Evil Art, but the release show in Sun., Mar. 24, in Chinatown is where you wanna be. It’s an extravaganza of multiple realities that includes a special edition of the single, a livestreamed performance, a top-tier dinner by chef and musician Ramiro Zapata and your eventual absorption into the video itself—kind of a fourth-wall break with a four course meal? You’ll be in the video and you’ll get food and drink, too—truly life as art. Get tickets for this actually unique event here, and keep on ear on Tolliver here.