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St Lucia Announces Debut Album, Unveils New Track 'Elevate' [First Listen]


Hot on the heels of touring with Ellie Goulding, HAIM and Charli XCX, Brooklyn-based synth-pop outfit St. Lucia announced today they will be releasing their much-anticipated debut album, entitled When The Night, on October 8 via Neon Gold/Columbia Records. The album was produced by the group's Jean-Philip Grobler, with additional production and mixing from Chris Zane (Passion Pit), Rich Costey (Muse, Foo Fighters) and Andy Baldwin.

To properly celebrate this album announcement, St. Lucia is sharing brand-new track "Elevate" that reminds us exactly what we've come to love so much about them. Dominated by fuzzy synths, mesmerizing vocals and a deliciously bouncy bass line, the song is another intensely luscious and euphoric slice of shimmering synth pop that is right for almost any occasion.

Originally from Johannesburg, South Africa, Jean-Philip Grobler grew up performing with the Drakensberg Boys Choir School, learning everything from Bach to minimalist opera. St. Lucia was born out of a moment in early 2010 when Grobler was looking to the past for inspiration. Growing frustrated with a rock project that was starting to feel forced, he delved back into the music that had first inspired him: Madonna, Fleetwood Mac, Peter Gabriel and other songs from his youth.

After setting up shop in a small Williamsburg studio in Brooklyn, Grobler began to experiment with these new influences and open the lid on his new project. Teaming up with friends Nick Brown, Ross Clark, Nicky Paul and Patricia Beranek to perform live, the newly formed group was signed to HeavyRoc Music after grabbing the attention of NYC production team The Knocks.

Shortly after, St. Lucia partnered with Columbia imprint Neon Gold Records. Grobler is also heavily involved in projects outside of St. Lucia. He serves as producer for the debut LP by Brooklyn-based labelmates HAERTS, remixing songs for bands including Passion Pit, Foster the People and Charli XCX, and collaborating with DJs ranging from The Knocks to RAC. (Click here to download "Elevate" on iTunes now.)

July 16, 2013 | Permalink