Sam Eastgate has shared the second single from Fase Luna, his next album as LA Priest, due out May 5 via Domino. “Star,” a sparkling, slickly crafted piece of R&B pop, captures Eastgate’s spectral self-image during the creation of the forthcoming record, at which point he was marooned in Puerto Morelos, Mexico, unable to cross the border to Belize, where he’d been recruited to build a drum machine for another artist.
“While I was living in Mexico, nothing seemed real and it made me think of people I missed,” Eastgate writes in a press release. “I walked on the streets at sunset and at night with a dog that I found there and made up this song.”
All shining guitar shapes and tight pocket drumming — the latter laid down by Carlos Gabriel Favela Manzano during this period of exile as Eastgate hummed the melodies — the new cut is a strong follow-up to the project’s lead single, “It’s You” (a certified Song You Need). Watch the visualizer for “Star” and check out LA Priest’s upcoming European tour dates below.
LA Priest 2023 European tour dates
May 18 - Nottingham, UK - Rough Trade
May 19 - London, UK - Rough Trade East
September 25 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso (Small Hall)
September 26 - Berlin, DE - Berghain Kantine
September 27 - Hamburg, DE - Hebebühne,
September 29 - Antwerp, BE - Trix
September 30 - Paris, FR - La Boule Noire,
October 2 - Manchester, UK - YES
October 3 - Glasgow, SCT - The Hug & Pint
October 4 - Leeds, UK - Headrow House
October 6 - London, UK - Corsica Studios (SOLD OUT)
October 7 - Bristol, UK - Dareshack