Even California love has a dark side. On his new full-length, Haunted Paradise, Black Atlass explores emotional terrain as twisted as the photonegative palm tree on its cover.
After his stark, early singles “Paris” and “Jewels” made waves in the music and fashion worlds (with striking videos to match), Black Atlass delved inward, fleshing out Haunted Paradise’s sound to be bigger, more open and inviting, yet no less experimental. This is a true album—one that spans the Neptunes-worthy R&B strum of “Glow In The Dark” and the triumphant horns of “Island Love” all the way to the synth provocations of “Tonight” and the title track’s slow, steel drum creep. Haunted Paradise is a fresh setting for this Montreal-bred singer, songwriter, and producer, and his call to visit couldn’t be more seductive.
Black Atlass teams up once again with fashion photographer Kenneth Cappello for the stark and bewitching “Blonde” music video. As BA croons (“Your lips take me to California…”) over his own minimal, hypnotic piano loops, lingering shots of Los Angeles at sunset build to a fiery climax. “Blonde” immortalizes the pull of this city’s dark side so powerfully—it’s unclear who is seducing who, but we’ll let the love burn either way.
Haunted Paradise, Black Atlass’ debut album on Fool’s Gold, promises even more snapshots of attraction and temptation. Pre-order the LP now on iTunes (out 8/9).