Pedro the Lion Releases New Songs ‘Spend Time’ and ‘Don’t Cry Now’

    Pedro the Lion has unveiled two new songs, ‘Spend Time’ and ‘Don’t Cry Now’, from the upcoming album Santa Cruz. They follow lead single ‘Modesto’. Take a listen below.

    “On ‘Spend Time’, and at this point on the album I was starting to write songs for It’s Hard To Find a Friend and reading everything i could find within christendom searching for a theological justification to make art for its own sake, instead of using music as a tool to share my faith,” David Bazan explained in a press release. “Once I found the permission to write for myself, I finally began to process grief, and that’s part of the background of this song. Like so many of the tunes on these records in this series, it’s a song about masking. And being ashamed of who I really was and what I really wanted to do.”

    Of ‘Don’t Cry Now’, he added: “The music began when my friend Andy sent me a little loop and I just started jamming on it and made this phrase where the bassline moves around. I had the chorus for a long time and once I had a short version of the song, I listened to it over and over and really enjoyed it. I was really glad that this loop found a place on the record in this way. Again, it’s a song about masking very directly. For some reason it was really important to me that I was able to effectively sell the lie that I was OK. I felt like a lot depended on it.”

    Santa Cruz is slated for release on June 7 via Polyvinyl.

    Konstantinos Pappis
    Konstantinos Pappis
    Konstantinos Pappis is a writer, journalist, and music editor at Our Culture. His work has also appeared in Pitchfork, GIGsoup, and other publications. He currently lives in Athens, Greece.

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