Leapling, the project of Brooklyn's Dan Arnes, is releasing a sophomore full length on June 10 called Suspended Animation which you can preorder here). The whole record is influenced by old-fashioned power pop like Big Star and The Kinks, and "One Hit Wonder," premiering today, exemplifies that sound. In an email to The FADER, Arnes reflected on the making of this serenely delightful track:
"One Hit Wonder" came out of a continued obsession with stripping things down to their absolute minimum, and a steady diet of classic '70s power pop. I was pretty (very) bored with a lot of rock and pop music for a while and as a result felt apprehensive to write such straight-ahead poppy songs, despite my very real inclination to do so. For a while I had been really into incorporating more esoteric influences into pop music, which is nice and a lot of my favorite music is exactly that, but it started to feel a lot more natural and confident to me to just embrace simplicity and the unobscured pure-pop side of things. It's really fun to invite some cliche and convention after denying it for a while and finding new ways to incorporate some more experimental ideas without necessarily calling attention to it. Solid gold fun.