Single: Credit Electric – phony

“Credit Electric was founded in 2017 by songwriter Ryan LoPilato and guitarist Cameron Iturri-Carpenter. After a handful of years writing and recording under the solo moniker Haunted Houses, LoPilato had recently made the move out west from his home state of New Jersey and settled in Oakland, CA. Eager to strike up a collaboration in his new environs, it wasn’t long until a neighborhood friend introduced LoPilato to Iturri-Carpenter, a Sonoma County native who had most recently been living in Kansas and playing in a honky tonk band.

The pair began playing together regularly, writing and arranging what would become their self-titled debut album. Produced by Thom Monahan (Devendra Banhart, Fruit Bats, Vetiver) and recorded at Tiny Telephone in San Francisco, the album was fleshed out by pedal steel guitarist and fellow NJ native Evan Hiller, bassist Nathan Smith, and drummer/engineer Stephen Boyd. Recorded live in the studio by Monahan, and featuring Eric Johnson of Fruit Bats on keyboards, the album paired organic sounds that recall the best moments of early 70’s American folk-rock with world weary lyrics and a rustic indie sensibility influenced by Jason Molina.

Now a full band, the group began playing regularly in the Bay Area. From headlining shows at local haunts Starline Social Club and Amnesia, to support slots with groups like US Girls, Japanese Breakfast, and more, the band built a loyal following. In 2018 they played Huichica Music Festival in Sonoma, CA and hit the road in support of their debut album, playing a handful of West Coast dates with Fruit Bats and Vetiver.

Upon the arrival of the pandemic, the band’s focus shifted from live arrangements to solo production and home recording, with LoPilato holed up in his home studio, experimenting with new sounds and colors. Returning to his background, LoPilato began writing lyrics and structuring songs through the lens of surrealist automatism; meanwhile laying a foundation for Iturri-Carpenter and Hiller to play with textures that moved Credit Electric towards a new sound that explores the human unconscious through expressionistic pop vignettes. This led to a growing catalog of new material that the band began self releasing as singles in 2021.

Moving forward, LoPilato and the band hooked up with Oakland based record label Royal Oakie. Helmed by producer David Glasebrook (Oliver Ray & Patti Smith, Sugar Candy Mountain, Sandy’s), the label is known for their soulful California spirt and adventurous artistic integrity. Working together, they are excited to release the band’s new album “out of love in the face of a shadow” on October 14th, 2022.

This is the full band bio, the year is 2023, so it is a little bit old and this is a new single from the upcoming album which will be out in October. You can pre-order the new album on cassettes, CDs, and vinyl records, and my new favorite label Royal Oakie has taken part in it. You can pre-order physically directly through the label. I love what Royal Oakie is sending us and this new track is proving my point that you should check what they are releasing.

You can check all available singles here or listen to this dreamy slowcore shoegaze track with a beautiful atmosphere.

Cannot wait to listen to the full album (Oct 20) and share it with you.

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