Therapies Son to treat pop heartache this spring with debut EP, SXSW shows

Therapies Son to treat pop heartache this spring with debut EP, SXSW shows

Therapies Son – Touching Down video

“Alex Jacob is a wunderkind whose warped, synthy Americana nods to the Beach Boys and the Flaming Lips. And we love it” — The Guardian UK

“Come over and experience California’s enigmatic THERAPIES SON knock it out of the park with this to-ing and fro-ing, galloping playground pop jam “Rose Red Rose”, in which the initial whispered, tender intones make way for technicolour orchestral bursts, glittering melody and breathless, merry-go-round waltzing. Boundless and beautiful.” — Altered Zones

“‘Touching Down.’ It’s a wet and gushy, catchy all-senses takeover that’s still in some way clear eyed and tethered to the ground, like the best kind of love.” — The Fader

Therapies Son quickly won fans last fall when his humbly self-recorded demo of shimmering pop surfaced, catching the ears of some elite press and becoming something of an Internet sensation. Therapies Son, the nom de tune of 19-year-old Van Nuys, CA songwriter Alex Jacob makes its official debut this spring with a 5-track EP, Over The Sea via Sargent House. The band — Alex with a drummer and bassist — plays the official Sargent House SXSW showcase this month, as well as a number of day parties yet to be announced. Please see details below.

The EP will be released digitally (with a bonus track, “Golden Girl”) by Sargent House and on limited edition 10″ vinyl via UK blog and label Transparent on March 22nd. Over The Sea will then see its North American vinyl release on Record Store Day, April 16th via Jacob’s management’s label, Sargent House.

Heartbreak has long been the lynchpin for many a glittering and storied musical career, and to that proud and varied lineage joins Therapies Son. Turning to music and tapping into an innate gift for songwriting after the painful dissolution of a relationship last autumn, Jacob started writing gorgeous, otherworldly songs which somehow managed, in the space of about 3 minutes or so, to absorb a library’s worth of the most glorious chapters in the Encyclopedia of Pop, ranging from Flaming Lips to Beach Boys to Grizzly Bear, before reflecting it back through its own uniquely cracked, fractured prism.

On his debut EP Over the Sea, we have the to-ing and fro-ing, galloping playground pop jam “Rose Red Rose”, in which the initial whispered, tender intones make way for Technicolor orchestral bursts, glittering melody and breathless, merry-go-round waltzing, rubbing shoulders with the shimmering ebb and flow of the appropriately named “Still I Call”, opens up into something more vast, more widescreen, and, with its swirling strings and otherworldly beauty, absolutely not of this epoch. The exquisitely poised heartache of “Touching Down” meanwhile, sounds bizarrely all the more yearning with what sounds like an entire marching band behind it, while “Yellow Mama” kaleidoscopes a whole world of loss and longing into its short running time, Jacobs’ hushed vocals guiding the listener gently to a close. A truly one of a kind talent bound to break plenty of hearts of his own in the near future.

THERAPIES SON LIVE:
03/19 Sargent House / RLP Showcase @Emo’s Annex

Artist: Therapies Son
Album: Over The Sea
Label: Sargent House
Release Date: March 22nd, 2011 (digital) / April 16th, 2011 (10″ vinyl)

01. Touching Down
02. Rose Red Rose
03. Over The Sea
04. Yellow Mama
05. Still I Call
06. Golden Girl (digital only)

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