Quickly, Quickly has announced a new EP; Easy Listening arrives May 26 via Ghostly International. The record from Portland, Oregon, artist Graham Jonson includes lead single “Satellite,” which you can hear below. “To be totally honest I don’t know what a satellite quite does, but the satellite in my head gives power to every electronic and can help find lost items,” Jonson said in a statement. Find the EP artwork and tracklist below, too.
Easy Listening is Jonson’s debut release on Ghostly International. The EP follows Quickly, Quickly’s 2021 full-length, The Long and the Short of It. Jonson self-recorded the new EP in his home studio, playing nearly every instrument. The digital version of Easy Listening features five songs. The cassette edition features an exclusive sixth track, “I Saw a Snake in the Clouds (And I Let It Bite Me).”
Johnson’s basement studio setup features guitars, bongos, xylophones, racks of synthesizers, and a number of drum machines, as well as a Teac reel-to-reel tape machine salvaged from eBay. Jonson hooked it up to Ableton and manipulated various sounds on the EP with it. “I used it frequently to add color/texture to the project by running individual instruments through and warping the tape with my finger,” Jonson said. “After I had finished all the songs, I ran the full mix of every song in a row through the tape to add one more layer of low-fidelity weirdness.”
Beginning in May, Quickly, Quickly is going on tour with Quadeca. Find the tour dates below.
Revisit Pitchfork’s 2022 Rising interview “Quickly, Quickly’s Technicolor Pop Bursts Beyond the Algorithm.”