Magnetic Moves Announcement
Katie Toupin, Formerly of Houndmouth, To Release Spellbinding, Lavishly Detailed Solo Debut Magnetic Moves On June 14th
Lightning 100 premiering title track on-air this morning, listen to “Magnetic Moves” here
Headlining Spring/Summer tour begins May 9th at Baby’s All Right in Brooklyn, NY
April 16, 2019 – Katie Toupin will release her spellbinding solo debut Magnetic Moves on June 14th via Symphonic Distribution. Written, produced and arranged by Toupin, the album unfolds in a dreamy pastiche of soul and pop and brightly jangly ’70s rock, a sound that’s lavishly detailed but fantastically fluid. And in her unfussy yet radiant vocal performance, Toupin channels both self-possession and raw vulnerability, fully inhabiting each state of being. It also displays her ability to craft jaw-droppingly catchy songs - she was a co-writer on Houndmouth's breakout hit "Sedona" (a Triple A radio #1 with 82 million-plus Spotify streams which still receives millions of streams a month) - while also packing emotional heft into her lyrics.
“This album is about being bold and being brave and using your magnetism to create the world you want to live in,” says the L.A.-based singer/songwriter. “It came from a place of wanting to be completely direct, in a way I never felt I could before. I think it’s important to let yourself show your heart like that.”
Although she’d originally cut several songs with other producers, an impromptu recording session during a stop in Austin, TX on her 2018 tour inspired her to strike out on her own. “Every time I’d tried working with other people, it never turned out in a way that felt right to me,” she says. “And then when I finally tried producing by myself, it felt so easy—I realized I knew exactly what I wanted everything to sound like; I just needed the confidence to actually do it.”
Mixed by Steve Christensen (a Grammy Award-winner known for his work with Steve Earle), Magnetic Moves came to life in two marathon sessions at The Finishing School in Austin. Toupin was accompanied at those sessions by multi-instrumentalist Scott Davis and percussionist Josh Blue.
Throughout Magnetic Moves, Toupin speaks to the power in embracing messy feelings like regret and obsession and, in the case of the wildly anthemic “Run to You,” falling for someone who’s all wrong for your heart. On “Real Love,” the sigh of Davis’s slide guitar amps up the torchy intensity of Toupin’s vocals, its lyrics capturing the hurt that sometimes follows loving without reserve. “In relationships it can be difficult to know whether to give up or try harder,” she says. “I think most people give up a little too quickly these days, so I wanted to write about allowing yourself to have that passion.”
On her upcoming tour, Toupin will be joined by Michael Chaves, who has played with Leonard Cohen, Sia, John Mayer and Herbie Hancock. Watch a recent rehearsal performance of the song “Magnetic Moves” here.