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Download Oberhofer’s ‘HEART,’ Learn Everything You Need to Know About His Debut LP

Track list, tour dates, cover art - all from March 27's 'Time Capsules II'

By: David Marchese // January 18, 2012

Indie-rock wunderkind Brad Oberhofer won notice over the last 18 months or so for a series of spiky, lo-fi guitar-led singles. Ah, the young change so quickly. “HEART,” from Oberhofer’s March 27 debut LP Time Capsules II is a radical — and lovely — step forward. Produced by Steve Lillywhite (U2, Peter Gabriel), the track is a kaleidoscopic piece of chamber-pop, featuring pianos, harp, strings, and whirring keyboards, with Brad’s heartfelt vocal floating over the circus below. It’s an intriguing teaser for the rest of the forthcoming full-length, and you can stream it — and download it — here now.

About that full-length: Watch Oberhofer discuss the making of the disc (and the birth of his career) in a short doc by Jay Buim while perusing its track list and tour dates below (also, take a look at Time Capsules II‘s cover, by the Black Keys’ art director Michael Carney). As Oberhofer explains, “I had been in love with a girl for my entire adolescence. I was leaving for college and she had to leave town before I left for school. So I made it my mission to finish writing a song about her and recording it.” The result: His first song. While superproducer Lillywhite gives Brad some studio tips (“Just think sex”), Oberhofer munches on oranges and chocolate, makes a few sonic suggestions regarding paying a toy piano upside down, and reveals, “This record is mostly an example of who I was when I wasn’t aware you could fall in love with more than one person in this world.”

Track List:
1. “HEART”
2. “Landline”
3. “Away Frm U”
4. “I Could Go”
5. “Yr Face”
6. “oOoO”
7. “Cruisin’ FDR”
8. “Gold”
9. “Haus”
10. “Homebro”

Tour Dates:
February 21 – Paris, FR @ Point Ephemere
February 22 – London, UK @ Lexington
February 26 – Amsterdam, NE @ Bitterzoet
March 6 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat Backstage
March 7 – Savannah, GA @ Savannah Stopover Music Festival
March 8 – Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn
March 10 – Denton, TX @ 35 Denton Festival
March 11 – Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s
March 18 – Hot Springs, AR @ Low Key Arts
March 20 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
March 21 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
March 22 – Allston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
March 23 – Montreal, QC @ Casa Del Popolo
March 24 – Ottawa, ON @ Cafe Dekcuf
March 25 – Toronto, ON @ The Drake Hotel
March 27 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
March 28 – Upland, IN @ Taylor University Student Union
March 29 – Iowa City, IA @ Mission Creek Festival
March 30 – Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club
March 31 – Ames, IA @ Maintenance Shop
April 2 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
April 4 -Spokane, WA @ A Club
April 5 – Seattle, WA @ Sunset Tavern
April 6 – Vancouver, BC @ The Biltmore Cabaret
April 7 – Bellingham, WA @ Jinx Arts Space
April 8 – Tacoma, WA @ Squeak & Squeak Music Festival
April 9 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
April 11 – San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
April 15 – Indio, CA @ Coachella
April 22 – Indio, CA @ Coachella
April 25 – Denver, CO @ Hi Dive
April 26 – Lawrence, KS @ Replay Lounge
April 27 – St. Louis, MO @ The Luminary Center for the Arts
April 28 – Cincinnati, OH @ MOTR Pub
April 29 – Columbus, OH @ The Basement
April 30 -Cleveland, OH @Beachland Tavern
May 1 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Andy Warhol Museum