In the past, promoters, audiences and critics have mistaken Roger Sellers, aka Bayonne, for a DJ on numerous occasions. However the Austin, Texas native is working hard to make it clear that he is definitely not a DJ. Instead, Sellers refers to himself as a “minimalist composer” of sorts. Today, he delivers “Appeals” to serve as a proper introduction.
“Appeals” is the first single from Bayonne’s upcoming debut album Primitives—which is due out on March 25 via Mom+Pop Music. The piano-led song contains a colorful and refreshing melody. Opening up with beautiful chimes wrapping around looped piano chords, “Appeals” creates a majestic mental picture as the song progresses. If blossoming flowers had a soundtrack, this would be it.
Bayonne further explains how the song came together, saying:
‘Appeals’ was one of the first songs I ever composed using a sample cut completely from an older song. The piano loop at the beginning (including the super sped up sample) was cut from a song that I recorded when I was about 17. I liked the way the piano sounded, so I wrote a whole new song around that loop, which fostered a totally new way of arrangement for me. It also takes the most work involved in playing it live because there’s more simultaneous loops that are brought in and out than any other live song.
Listen to “Appeals” below.
Bayonne is heading out a short tour. Check out the upcoming tour dates below, and get more information here.
January 15: Atlanta, GA – Aisle 5 (supporting Kneedelus)
January 19: Boston, MA – O’Brien’s
January 20: Washington, D.C. – Black Cat
January 21: Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s
January 23: Brooklyn, NY – Baby’s All Right (late show)
January 26: Chicago, IL – Schubas
January 27: Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry
May 27-30: Sasquatch Music Festival