Nashville songwriter Daniel Pujol, aka PUJOL, has always been an impulsive songwriter. His whims led to the exciting, jittery indie rock opus, 2012’s United States of Being, which he followed up last year with KLUDGE. While on the road supporting the latter, Pujol wrote poetry and recorded a handful of demos. Somewhere along the way he found a continuity between the pieces and decided they’d fit together on an EP.
Pujol holed up in his basement with bassist Zach Prosser to rerecord the bits and scraps, later mixing them alongside producer Drew Vandenberg (Deerhunter, Toro Y Moi). The three polished poems and five songs became his latest EP, KISSES, out November 27th on vinyl for Record Store Day’s Black Friday. In anticipation, he’s shared a new song called “Designer Feelings”.
The track is one of PUJOL’s hardest hitting songs to date, mixing together ’70s psychedelic aesthetic with blistering guitar lines. His vocals hop along the rapid rhythms, amping up the energy even further. Whenever the song does slow down to a near halt, it’s almost as jarring as Pujol’s howls of, “‘Cause I’m a scorpion, baby.” It’s a beast of a song, constantly accelerating and pushing PUJOL to manic new heights.
“In fact, it is being so honest because it assumes its content is essentially meaningless,” Pujol tells Consequence of Sound of the track. “Maybe no one will remember the words anyway. It can scream all it wants in Hell. Regardless, its musical and aesthetic attitude will activate certain emotional responses in a brain, and the song will be reaccessed as a specific emotional trigger. If it’s lucky.”
Listen in below.
Pre-orders for a 7-inch single version of “Designer Feelings” are going on now via Knife Tapes. PUJOL will continue his ongoing tour with a short run through the southern states. Consult his schedule below.
PUJOL 2015 Tour Dates
10/24 – Chattanooga, TN @ JJ’s Bohemia
10/25 – Birmingham, AL @ TBA
10/26 – Athens, GA @ Caledonia Lounge
10/27 – Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn
10/28 – Tallahassee, FL @ Club Downunder
10/29 – Orlando, FL @ Will’s Pub
10/30 – Gainesville, FL @ The Fest
10/31 – Jacksonville, FL @ Burro Bar