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I'll Forget 17
Partisan Records
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Release Date
March 25, 2016

Like many teens, Lontalius (New Zealand's Eddie Johnston) feels everything acutely: first love, the ephemeral nature of said love, the turmoil of the larger world as well as the need to experience that world. Lontalius asks the existential questions that haunt all of us at that transitional age and couches them in these forlorn yet resonant pop songs. Listening to his strong debut might feel akin to stumbling across a teenager's Tumblr page, where the jumble of feelings and emotions in their full array is on display. From Wellington, New Zealand, he's garnered buzz and thousands of views on YouTube and Soundcloud for his poignant and measured takes on new classic pop hits but now he turns his focus squarely on himself, capturing his interior world and feelings at this vulnerable age.

Lontalius's ten-song debut announces a bright new voice in pop. While his fans might have admired the teen's ability to find the sad sentiment underneath the pop exteriors, his emotional astuteness carries over into his original material. "I've always really loved big EDM dance tracks with super emotional breakdowns," he says, adding that a song like "Kick in the Head" remains a favorite of his as it marks when he "started writing about real experiences and real feelings."

Vinyl LP includes Digital Download Card.

Digital Tracklist

  1. 1 A Feeling So Sweet 3:24 Buy

    A Feeling So Sweet

  2. 2 All I Wanna Say 3:50 Buy

    All I Wanna Say

  3. 3 Kick In The Head 3:10 Buy

    Kick In The Head

  4. 4 Light Shines Through Dust 3:20 Buy

    Light Shines Through Dust

  5. 5 Selfless 4:24 Buy


  6. 6 My Dreams Are Dark 2:50 Buy

    My Dreams Are Dark

  7. 7 Glow 4:00 Buy


  8. 8 It's Not Love 2:57 Buy

    It's Not Love

  9. 9 I Was More Than 3:38 Buy

    I Was More Than

  10. 10 Yr Heart Is Beating 5:55 Buy

    Yr Heart Is Beating

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