Today, Daddy, formed by the duo James Franco and Tim O’Keefe, announce the release for their debut album and accompanying film Let Me Get What I Want on 3.18 via We Are Daddy/Kobalt. Pitchfork premiere their single “Lime Green Dress” today HERE and free to share HERE.
The band shared more background about “Lime Green Dress”: “We loved the sound of the English New Wave, especially the Smiths. The album was meant to reflect that, but with our own twists . The experiences of youth play so well into this sound. “Lime Green Dress” is about the terror and frisson of losing one’s innocence to the bad boy.” – James Franco
“Lime Green Dress, one of the more melodic ‘pop-ish’ tracks from our upcoming album, combines elements that are spacious & atmospheric with elements that reflect more traditional pop/rock instrumentation. This produces a sound that at once feels close in proximity, while also feeling far off in the distance. To me, memories have a similar quality, which is why this sound was the perfect sound for one’s memories of first love and temptation.” – Tim O’Keefe
Daddy encompass music, film and installation art into a multimedia experience; “Let Me Get What I Want is a concept album & film that tracks three characters as they weave through the dark ways of high school: love, death, and dreams.”
James recently published a book of poetry called Directing Herbert White: Poems. Two sections in that book are called “Poems Inspired by Smiths’ Songs” and are a series of poems loosely based on people James knew at Palo Alto High School; each poem sharing the title of The Smiths’ song that inspired it. James and Tim discussed the poems and their love of the Smiths. They soon decided to use these poems to create the new songs for their album. James discussed the process in his VICE column HERE.
The accompanying film can be viewed as an hour-long film, or as individual music videos for all of the album’s songs. The film has no “beginning” or “end” point, it works like a loop (i.e. the “last” video, or video 10, connects to the first video, video 1, seamlessly). The film stars Palo Alto High School students, and edited in a Lynchian style reminiscent of Twin Peaks.
Last November, the first track “On The Sideline” (fka “This Charming Man”) from the album/film was revealed via VICE HERE.
James Franco said about the earlier revealed track “You Are Mine” HERE: “High school is a time of longing for the unattainable. We dream big, but we’re still too young to make anything significant happen. At least I was too immature and sensitive to be the person I wanted to be. “You are mine” is about one teenager dreaming about another, even though they’ll never be together,” and Tim O’Keefe added “Transforming James’ poems to songs took on it’s own creative process which was a new direction for me. Because the words weren’t written by me, I had to take on the character of the individual whose perspective I was singing from. You Are Mine like many of the songs on Let Me Get What I Want expresses experiences that were relatable to my own high school experience, and therefore I had a lot of my own emotions to pull from.”
The Let Me Get What I Want album and film will exist as installation exhibitions in 2016.
Daddy – Let Me Get What I Want album + film (out 3.18)
01. I’m A Sword Swallower
02. Lime Green Dress
03. Gentle But You Weren’t
04. Car Ride Home
05. I Think That I Loved Him
06. On The Sideline
07. I Am All These Things
08. Graduation Day
09. You Are Mine
10. Now I Stand Alone