American Idol season 17 runner-up, Alejandro Aranda, who goes by the stage moniker Scarypoolparty, just released a new set of music.
Out today (March 26) on Hollywood Records, Los Angeles is Alejandro’s first major release of 2021 and a product of the stillness of the past year. Co-produced by SAWYR (Taylor Swift, ZAYN, Nicki Minaj) and Alejandro, the new EP is a complex mix of The Weeknd-esque alt-R&B with a jazz-inspired rock vibe. These songs are filled with raw, introspective honesty and the singer-songwriter’s signature probing lyrics and addictive hooks.
“From the outside, a lot of people think of LA as this paradise,” Aranda explains, “but living here, you see a lot of people hurting, a lot of people in pain that no one wants to talk about.”
The candid new set finds Alejandro facing anxiety and isolation with his heart affixed to his sleeve. Across the EP, he tackles heartbreak and disillusionment (“Overdone” and “Room Full of Cards”) alongside the stark realities of living in Los Angeles and the ongoing opioid epidemic (“Paradise). The EP’s “pristine” (Rock Sound) trap single, “Universe” featuring emo-rapper nothing,nowhere. finds the artist flippantly addressing the immense uncertainty of the world.
Los Angeles Track List:
1. “Universe” ft. nothing, nowhere. (Alejandro Aranda, Joe Mulherin and TJ Routon)
2. “Overdone” (Aranda, Routon)
3. “Paradise” (Aranda, Routon)
4. “Room Full of Cards” (Aranda, Routon)
Additionally, Alejandro announces ‘The Acoustic Tour’, a 16-show solo acoustic tour set for this June. Throughout 2020, Alejandro performed a series of live streams for the likes of Billboard, BeeApp, Inside Lands and MelodyVR, plus streams for LA venues The Roxy, The Wiltern and Hotel Cafe. Kicking off June 4 in Tempe, AZ, this upcoming socially-distanced tour is among the first post-pandemic artist tour announcements and marks his first round of dates coming this year.
Pre-sale for The Acoustic Tour kicks off today (March 26) (password: Paradise). Public on-sale begins on Saturday, March 27th. Details HERE.
‘The Acoustic Tour’ Dates
Fri., June 4 – Marquee – Tempe, AZ
Tues., June 8 – House of Blues – Dallas, TX
Wed, June 9 – House of Blues – Houston, TX
Fri., June 11 – Coca-Cola Roxy – Atlanta, GA
Sat., June 12 – Avondale Brewing – Birmingham, AL
Sun., June 13 – The Basement East – Nashville, TN (2 shows)
Mon, June 14 – Graceland – Memphis, TN
Thurs., June 17 – Boulder Theater – Boulder, CO (2 shows)
Fri., June 18 – Boulder Theater – Boulder, CO (2 shows)
Sat., June 19 – Aggie – Fort Collins, CO (2 shows)
Sun., June 20 – Aggie – Fort Collins, CO (2 shows)