July 5th, 2021 – Singapore – Alt-pop singer/multi-instrumentalist Vaines has announced his new EP ‘electric blue’ out July 23 via Hopeless Records. The latest single from the project, “closertoyou”, is out now! Fans can stream “closertoyou” now at smarturl.it/VAINESclosertoyou and pre-order ‘electric blue’ here: smarturl.it/Vaineselectricblue
On the new single, Vaines shares, “If you live with a mental illness, you probably already know how hard it is to be vulnerable and let people in sometimes. “closertoyou” is a song about accepting your flaws and letting yourself be loved, even when your mental illness makes you feel paralyzed. I hope this track encourages people who deal with these issues daily to finally accept themselves.”
Vaines’ passion for skateboarding and scouring local libraries for Thrasher magazines was interrupted when he was twelve-years-old and his dad gave him his first guitar. From then on, he was constantly performing in talent shows and creating performances for his parents with his siblings. Vaines soon discovered that he did not find comfort in just being a “band guy” but wanted to make more of an impact through songwriting as a solo artist. He cites “one-man generational” artists like Joji, Blackbear, and Post Malone as inspirations, but as he envisions his future, does not want to be pigeonholed to that genre only.
Vaines moved to Los Angeles in early 2017 and crashed with a friend with $200 in studio equipment and got to work writing any and all styles of music and honing his craft. In his songwriting style, Vaines will often write things in a reverse perspective to tackle how his distance and fear of commitment can make other people feel lonely. It helps him process how to be a better person and how to correct some of his self-diagnosed “toxic behavior”. Songwriting is how he processes and pushes through the obstacles he faces.
“closertoyou” follows the release of Vaines’ previous single and music video “acidtrip”, which is available to watch here.
‘electric blue’ Tracklisting: