After revealing the details of his upcoming full-length Prom King, Skylar Spence has released the new video for his single “Can’t You See.” The Timothy Hendrix-directed video captures a young man’s pursuit of his crush that ultimately requires he find his own self confidence before he can nab the girl of his dreams — a story that addresses the millennial conundrum that is the thin line between self-acceptance and narcissism.
The clip comes on the heels of the Prom King announcement, but also follows his recently debuted live show at Firefly and Electric Forest, and various other Festivals. Skylar Spence will be taking the new live setup across the northeastern United States and Canada this summer, capping that run off with performances at Lollapalooza, Treasure Island and Corona Capital Music Festivals this fall.
When Ryan DeRobertis announced the name change of his project from Saint Pepsi to Skylar Spence, there was no indication of any stylistic departure, though the change arrived with a musical shift toward faster tempos and more pristine production. Whereas Saint Pepsi had often used decades-old boogie, disco, and new wave as grist for the sampling mill, Skylar Spence is intent on trafficking more overtly in those genre aesthetics through his own production techniques and vocal contributions.
Working with Carpark Records “gave me the confidence to ‘go big’ with the new material: to write pop songs with universal messages in the sonic wrapping paper that I’ve grown accustomed to,” DeRobertis says. “A few songs on Prom King are about specific events in my life-a party where I got too messed up, watching a friend’s life spiral out of control and trying to help-but I tried hard not to be too autobiographical because I want my music to unite, above all else. I’m much more interested in connecting with the listener than mystifying my personality.”
Check out the video for “Can’t You See” along with all upcoming Skylar Spence tour dates below now.
Sept 18, 2015
2. Can’t You See
3. Prom King
4. I Can’t Be Your Superman
6. Fall Harder
7. Bounce is Back
9. All I Want
10. Cash Wednesday
11. Fiona Coyne
07/11 Ottawa, ON – Ottawa Bluesfest
07/23 Washington, DC – DC9
07/24 Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s
07/25 Brooklyn, NY – Rough Trade
07/30 Allston, MA – Great Scott
07/31 Montreal, QC – Osheaga Festival
08/01 Toronto, ON – The Drake Hotel
08/02 Chicago, IL – Lollapalooza
10/17-18 San Francisco, CA – Treasure Island Music Festival
11/21-22 Mexico City, Mexico – Corona Capital Festival