KALEO released new song “Backbone” today from their highly-anticipated follow-up Surface Sounds, written solely by frontman, lead singer and songwriter JJ Julius Son, available everywhere for sale and streaming.
Julius Son has been in the studio off-and-on for two years, allowing for a combination of globe-trotting and meticulous tinkering, resulting in a spectrum of sounds recorded around the world – in North America, South America and across Europe. The final product is refreshingly free of calculation, with Julius Son allowing each tune to dictate its path while simultaneously leaning-in to his blues, folk and rock inclinations.
“It’s been a puzzle for me,” Julius Son shared with House of Solo. “I started working on [Surface Sounds] while still touring around the world, and then in the last year or so I have mostly split my time in studios in Nashville, L.A. and NYC. It has been very interesting as the songs are very different from each other and I have been able to work with a lot of great people.”
In addition to “Backbone,” the GRAMMY-nominated band released two singles in January, “I Want More,” praised by Texas Monthly as a “tender-yet-tough anthem,” and currently Top 10 and climbing the Triple A chart, and “Break My Baby,” described by Loudwire as “hooky and groovy, showcasing the range of [Julius Son’s] vocal and a gritty, bluesy approach.” With the announcement of Surface Sounds, the follow-up to 2016’s globally successful A/B, KALEO released a third track “Alter Ego,” which Julius Son calls “probably the most classic rock and roll song” on the album.
Earlier this year, Julius Son filmed a special performance of his single “I Want More” with a string ensemble, which aired on the acclaimed French television show “TARATATA” this month. Watch it HERE.
After amassing over 1 Billion global streams, 39 international certifications, and countless sold-out headline shows spanning from London to Moscow, KALEO wrapped a nearly non-stop 3-year touring schedule in support of their breakout Gold-certified album A/B in October 2018.
A/B spawned three hit singles for the Icelandic rock band – the GRAMMY-nominated “No Good,” the gold-selling “All The Pretty Girls,” and the chart-topping, 2x Platinum-certified “Way Down We Go,” which was used in over two dozen television shows, leading it to No. 1 on The Hollywood Reporter’s Top TV Songs chart.
KALEO’s Surface Sounds Track Listing is as follows:
- Brother Run Fast
- Break My Baby (produced by Mike Elizondo and co-produced by JJ Julius Son)
- Alter Ego
- Free the Slave
- Hey Gringo
- The USA Today (produced by Shawn Everett and JJ Julius Son)
- My Fair Lady
- I Want More (produced by JJ Julius Son)
- I Walk on Water (co-written with David Antonsson)
- Into My Mother’s Arms (produced by JJ Julius Son)
All music written solely by JJ Julius Son and produced by Dave Cobb and Julius Son unless otherwise noted.