GEORGE CLANTON & NICK HEXUM
Photo: Atiba Jefferson
“I met 311 fan and electronic up-and-comer George Clanton at a 311 show. I quickly became a big fan of his nostalgic style. We exchanged emails and started sending demos back and forth. It’s been a lot of fun to work in a new genre which I would call retro-electronica-ethereal-hip hop. And is sometimes referred to as “vaporwave”. George is all about summoning a feeling of nostalgia. He has a masterful way of twisting and bending sounds to make them sound vintage. He manages to create soundscapes that are both retro and futuristic. I added guitar and vocals to George’s lush soundscape for this stoney side project. Enjoy!” - Nick Hexum (311)
"This album is a collab no one asked for or predicted. There isn't a big overlap in fan bases here, but I think Nick and I share the same musical ethos. Nick has never pandered to a mainstream audience with his work in 311, they've always done their own thing and built their own culture around the music they wanted to make. I believe in that, and I've been doing my own thing for 10 years now. Nick certainly doesn't NEED to do this collab, and I've never done one of those buzzy collabs with a hot artist in my own sphere just to get more plays. I think its unique that we came together purely based on the music (after Nick heard I was a big fan) and now we have this whole record full of absolute bangers that we made while having fun. This project has been a dream come true for me. Working with Nick's vocals, guitars, and melodic ideas has forced me to evolve my production style in a way I find incredibly interesting and can't wait to share the rest of it with the world. There should be more records like this." - George Clanton
"deeply satisfying," George's "most accessible—and fun—music to date" - Pitchfork
"It’s got a woozy, hard-slapping beat that makes me think an aurora summer must be similar to a deadbeat summer...It’s a vibe for sure." - Stereogum on "Aurora Summer"
"..Wavy... psychedelic and immersive as f**k. Sweet To the ears...surreal..." - The Needle Drop on "Aurora Summer"
"...Fusing elements of wonky electronica, ambient, shoegaze and acid house, Clanton’s production has seen him become an underground darling on the internet, but it’s this unlikely new collaborative tape with 311 singer Nick Hexum that might just prove to be his mainstream breakout moment." - MIXDOWN
“A breezy shot of aural sunshine.” - Stereogum on "Topanga State of Mind”
"Hexum’s signature staccato and fuzzy guitar melts into Clanton’s ethereal electronic backdrop to create the ultimate musical getaway." - Billboard on “Crash Pad”
“It’s a surprising collaboration, but it also makes sense.” - The FADER on “King For A Day”
"Way more awesome than anyone could’ve predicted." - Stereogum on “Out Of The Blue”
"Beautiful vaporwave number, featuring Hexum’s reverb-soaked vocals." - Uproxx on “Crash Pad”
“Sounds like the product of a totally mutual bond, Clanton finding inspiration in his muse and Hexum sounding reinvigorated by dipping his toes into an entirely new genre.” - Flood on “Under Your Window”
"Quality songwriting" - The Needle Drop on "Crash Pad" & "King For A Day"