It’s not often that you listen to an EP or LP and every single song sounds different from the others that it has been compiled with. Sure, some artists are a bit adventurous and like to experiment with different sounds on their releases, but none more so than LA-based, Iowa-born producer Billy Lemos, who’s releasing his third EP, Control Freak, in February.
The lead single off the EP, “Secrecies,” dropped today and features Sam Austins, a genre-blending alternative artist whose latest release was 2021’s “Homeless Star.”
“Secrecies” is a track that was recorded in just a few sessions, and manages to capture that in the song without sounding too rushed or underdone. Lemos’ production and Austins’ vocals bring a raw immediacy to the track that might not be there if it was overworked.
Most of Lemos’ work tends to effortlessly blend punk, indie, R&B and hip-hop influences into a unique sound, but “Secrecies” tends to be more on the guitar-heavy, punk-influenced side.
Each song on the upcoming EP will feature a new up-and-coming artist, as Lemos takes great pride in his uncanny ability to pick up on burgeoning talent (songs will feature artists like spill tab and Dua Saleh, to name a few). Lemos’ music is a confluence of inspirations that somehow go together surprisingly well, and “Secrecies” is no exception to that: but it also simultaneously marks a clear distinction from his previous work on Wonder.
“Control Freak” will be Lemos’ first multi-track release since 2020’s Wonder, an album which featured the likes of musicians Danny Dwyer, Still Woozy and Lava La Rue.
“Secrecies” is out now.