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I’m pretty sure Collin Thomas hates the term ‘genre.’ Thomas, who’s other band Winded City we’ve featured on the site previously, has his debut solo album coming out this Friday, January 13, 2017 under the moniker Rich Boy Junkie. The album, titled Shut Up Already! tends not to gravitate too heavily towards any specific genre. With electronic at it’s core and auto-tuned vocals aplenty, the album bounces around to incorporate psychedelic, synth pop, indie rock, and others. It’s a wealthy soundscape but it has Thomas’s voice and poignant, youthful lyrics at it’s core.
It’s an album of awkwardness (and I mean that in a good way). The title of the album almost seems like Thomas is trying to put the voices around him or within him down on paper. The auto-tuned vocals, while turning his voice into a instrument, also masks what his true self sounds like. Especially when you take a look at the lines “The fixed up vocals, the low down bass / To distract from my words and that I’m in a bad place” from the track “One Year.” It’s a very purposeful but also quite poetic mask.
Thomas’ album doesn’t drop until the end of the week but we have a full premiere below. Give it a listen and be sure to snag it when it comes out.