Former Majical Cloudz frontman and now solo artist Devon Welsh came into the Paste Studio last Friday (Aug. 16) to perform songs from his new LP True Love, out on Oct. 11 via his own label You Are Accepted. After releasing four albums with Majical Cloudz, including two with Matador Records, the band split up in 2016, and Welsh released his debut solo album Dream Songs last year.
Welsh performed three songs in the Paste Studio, all from his new album: “Somebody Loves You,” “Uniform” and “Dreamers.” His billowing synths, crushing strings and subtle percussion are striking on their own, but Welsh’s rich vocals are his guiding light, always building a robust emotional tension. With his new record, Welsh set out to deconstruct societal preconceptions and redefine love and masculinity.
“As you get older, love becomes so much stranger than the childhood fantasy versions of yearning and desire,” Welsh says. “Romance can be such a scary thing because there’s so much trust involved—sitting with uncertainties and reservations, taking a longer look at emotions, trying to understand them. But there’s a deepening of love, which is the energy that holds people together.”
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Watch Devon Welsh’s full Paste Studio session below. Preorder True Love here.