BOYO, the artist moniker of LA-based multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Robert Tilden, has announced their funky, psychedelic new LP Echoes Like Memories, out March 11 on Park The Van. A breakup, a scrapped album, a sold-out tour, kidney stones, and collaborative songwriting are all the genesis of BOYO’s new album.
The first single, “Special” was also released today. Fans can listen to it now below.
Of the new song, Tilden said, “I wrote Special after my mom played me Lionel Richie and The Commodores and Prince on a drive when I was an early teen. It was always floating around in my head but never found the right home until I got better at recording and sat down to make what became these new songs. I wanted it to sound like a song Daft Punk would sample and make way crazier.”
After his relationship’s romance faded, Rob Tilden (BOYO) embarked on a tour with bedroom-pop contemporaries Luna Luna in November/December of 2021: playing sold out shows on the West Coast and in the South, reinvigorating Tilden’s love of playing more ‘upbeat and funky tunes’ that get a crowd moving. The only problem was, he had already completed an album to be released in March of 2022 and it was full of depressing, meditative emo songs that Tilden felt less and less connected to. With only a month to turn in what he envisioned as a “short, poppy batch of greatest hits” Tilden holed up in his usual basement studio now equipped with slightly better gear and a reel-to-reel tape machine.
With the songwriting and arrangement help of his live bandmate Hudson Buckley on half of the songs, the record took shape over the course of three weeks. The momentum couldn’t be stopped by bouts of insomnia, a rough round of kidney stones from dehydration, and a false COVID19 positive from a bum home-test.
April 10 – Los Angeles, CA @ 1720 Warehouse w/ SE SO NEON