Photo Ops AKA: singer/songwriter Terry Price, has unveiled his latest single, “Time For An Innocent Song.” Photo Ops just finished touring the west coast with Fences. “Time For An Innocent Song” follows recent singles “Palm Trees” and “July,” his first new music since his 2016 sophomore album Vacation.
Photo Ops began as a way for Price to find meaning in an onslaught of traumatic life events. A sudden medical condition, the death of his father, and the breakup of his long-time band, Oblio, inspired Photo Ops’ 2013 debut, How to Say Goodbye. The follow-up, Vacation (2016, Bad Friend Records), solidified Photo Ops’ reputation for combining ethereal soundscape with raw emotionality. Price paired up with producer Patrick Damphier (Jessica Lea Mayfield, Mynabirds, Fences, Aaron Lee Tasjan, The Arcs). Later that year he signed a publishing deal with Secretly Canadian.
Like many people, Price found himself shaken by the events of November 2016. He ceased touring on Vacation, went dark on social media, and left Nashville, his home of 15 years, for Los Angeles. “I needed to shed my skin,” he says. The change of scenery answers what became a sudden need for Price: “I needed to look outside myself for inspiration. It’s a matter of survival to know that there is beauty in the world. So that’s my mission now: to show that there is still beauty in the world. I honestly don’t know how else to write right now,” he says.
In February 2019, new songs began to emerge. Price listened to Dylan’s Sirius XM show on repeat. “They were mostly old songs. What struck me was the spirit that was behind them. They’re just people in a room with a microphone, so they would have to self-correct and really conjure a spirit in the moment. Something about that felt so vital to me. It sounds like a time and place,” Price adds. The new material features an intentionally limited set of instruments: one acoustic guitar, one electric guitar, a Ludwig drum kit from the 60s, a stand-up piano, a Hofner bass, and a small Casiotone keyboard. Price is working remotely with Damphier, who is in Nashville, as producer. Songs are recorded as soon as they’re written. A third Photo Ops album, Pure at Heart, is fully recorded and is expected to be released this year.