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Korey Dane’s new single “Half Asleep” is reminiscent of a hazy Sunday morning—one of the slow ones where you wake up still cloaked in sleep, and your movements remain languid, as if you’re underwater. Dane’s vocals on the song—which premieres below alongside a black-and-white, documentary-style video compilation—are entrancing in their steadiness. While buoyant, the track remains calm, evoking a sense of ease. “The song has a certain sureness about it that wouldn’t come into focus for some time,” explains Dane. “Once I let up on the reins a little bit the ride got smoother.”
For the Long Beach, California native this track is a reaction to a collection of experiences. “I feel like I was subconsciously writing about where I was at in my life for a while,” recalls Dane, “not really confronting how much I was trying to tell myself.” Dane’s approach to “Half Asleep” and his forthcoming sophomore album, which we’re pleased to announce is titled Chamber Girls and due out June 2 via Innovative Leisure, was simply to have fun and remain honest. “I wanted to capture a band illuminating songs the way my favorite albums have,” he says. “Most of my favorite albums are chalked with youth and the unknown. I definitely made it out kind of young and not knowing much.”
Chamber Girls is Dane’s first self-produced album, and he describes making it as a “fast and nervous” experience. “We have to make albums fast because recording bands the way I dig is expensive,” he explains. With only 96 hours to finish the album at a pricey, temperamental studio, Dane managed to pull off the near impossible, cutting most of his songs live. “It was naïve in all the best ways,” he says, “as frustrating as it got.”
CHAMBER GIRLS (INNOVATIVE LEISURE) IS OUT JUNE 2, 2017. FOR MORE ON KOREY DANE AND HIS UPCOMING TOUR DATES, VISIT HIS WEBSITE.