Digi-pop balladeer Devon Welsh (aka Majical Cloudz) pulled out some old stand-bys for his Matador Records debut, Impersonator. There’s the title track from last year’s Turns Turns Turns EP, and now a little ditty called “Bugs Don’t Buzz”, which Welsh has had in his pocket since he was 19. While it’s slightly older than the album’s lead single “Childhoods End”, it too relies on Welsh’s spirited vocals and minimalist instrumentation. But this latest cut sees Welsh’s voice shift away from forlorn to something more joyous, sounding bright and hopeful over a looped piano. Download it below.
In a post on his Tumblr, Welsh described the emotional journey of finally releasing the track:
Ive been so sad and this song has been around, and Ive been so happy and this song has been around. Its accumulated layers of memories because its been around for a long time. Releasing it feels very intimate for some reason., I wrote a version of it on piano in 2008 when I was nineteen but then forgot about it until my friend found it on my computer a few years later., When I first wrote it the lyrics didnt mean that much to me, they just kind of came out. I didnt consider it anything special at the time I was trying to write as many songs as possible, filling hard drives with recordings just for practice. Then for a long while after that I lost confidence in my ability to write songs, and during this time my friend used Bugs Dont Buzz as an example of why I had made beautiful things and shouldnt be so hard on myself. As is so often the case when someone is trying to help you, I didnt really listen as much as I could have!, Before Matt and I played our first show, I realized I could sing the song over a piano loop, so we played it live and it felt really good. So this is the recorded version of the song. Its a special song to me because of everything I just explained. It feels like the act of playing it is in some small way an attempt to repay the friend who encouraged me to have confidence.
Impersonator is due out May 27th via Matador Records.
02. This Is Magic
03. Childhoods End
04. I Do Sing For You
06. Turns Turns Turns
07. Silver Rings
09. Bugs Dont Buzz