The Hawaiian-born, Long Beach-based songwriter Lionel Boy releases his debut album Lionel Boy via Innovative Leisure. Lionel Boy’s sound mixes spacey synthesizers, impromptu breakbeats & bedroom pop. The airy, jazz-cracked, electronic pop of Lionel Boy belies a wistful romanticism, a careful observational streak, and a meditative fixation on life and death. Lionel Boy is soulful and easy-going, both introspective and laissez faire, extremely mellow but never soft-headed.
Lionel Boy has just shared the third single from his upcoming, debut, self-titled album. The silky smooth “Mango Michelada” is an artfully laid-back tune ripe for spinning on repeat indefinitely. It’s easy to get lost in the groovy melancholy Lionel spills on the refrain of the track.
“Last February, I moved into a rehearsal space in San Pedro.” Shares Lionel Boy. “The space reeked of febreeze and various chemicals they used to mask the smell of stale cigarettes. My drummer Jacqueline and I would mess around for hours in that space singing nonsense. At the time, we were in the habit of drinking Mango Micheladas at every session. On one of those days, we started out cracking jokes and ended up with a song we couldn’t stop working on. COVID-19 hit about a week later and I ended up having to move out of the studio, but we continued to work on this track throughout the pandemic.”
"Crazy to think it’s been two years into this Lionel Boy project. This was the first song I wrote for the EP, and to think it was all for fun, a joke even. Funny how things work out when you’re having a good time. I’m blessed to have such a great team helping bring all this to light. Thanks for listening and tuning in. Got a lot for ya in 2021." - - Lionel Boy