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."
3. "Away Frm U"
4. "I Could Go"
5. "Yr Face"
7. "Cruisin' FDR"
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