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tribulations and triumphs of JOSEPH LEMAY, the singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist behind SONTALK.
Included on the album is the single “I AM A MOUNTAIN,” a multilayered, enveloping ballad detailing the before-and-after of a tumultuous relationship. Sonically, “I Am A Mountain” serves as the dynamic apex of StayWild, featuring a loping pace and persistent, driving beat that swells and crescendos to mimic the emotional rise and fall of a failing relationship.

“‘I Am A Mountain’ is a song with a few trajectories of meaning,” says SONTALK. “On one level, it's a story about a mountain being exploited by a mining company. On another level, it's a story about a person with a heart of gold being totally used up by a parasitic individual. And on a third level, it's about how life seems to take the most out of the people with the purest hearts and the most good to offer the world. On Stay Wild, ‘I Am A Mountain’ comesata point in the album where the main character is far from home and has come to a full understanding of just how much life has taken out of him."

By way of familial candorand visceral vulnerability, the twelve tracks comprising SONTALK’s2019 full-length debut album, Stay Wild, chronicle musician Joseph LeMay’sjourney of self-reflection, discovery, acceptance and, ultimately, growth. Throughout the creative process, LeMay’spath spanned everything from frequent admittance to the psychiatric ward due to intense bouts with bipolar disorder and a suicide in the family to the birth of hisson and ultimately, his creative awakening as SONTALK. In 2016, LeMaymet producer Jeremy Lutito[Chuck Berry, Colony House] at the suggestion of engineer Logan Matheny. Together, they brought the vision of SONTALKto life, recording STAY WILDalongside Matheny at Big Light Studio.

Describing it as, “a series of open letters the main character leaves for his inner child,” LeMayimbues his debut with moments of triumph and despair, tossing and turning between emotional extremes to create an openly honest dialogue with himself and listeners. The inner duality LeMayspeaks of is a notion fully explored throughout the entirety of StayWild, an expansion of the emotional terrain covered by his introductory EP, SONTALK: ACT I,released last April. On ACT I,the lead single "I Am A War Machine," through jagged textures and frenetic rhythms, LeMayinvokes a voice on the verge of mental unravelling while simultaneously realising its volatility and gaining awareness.

The follow-up to ACT Iand lead offering from STAY WILD, “Baby, I’m Gone” fuses a stark and soulful vocal to sinewy acoustic guitar and a glitchybeat, with LeMay’shaunting voice echoing with powerful passion and plaintive poetry. Rolling Stonenamed “Baby, I’m Gone” one of the 10 best new releases of the week, calling the track, “an evocative, compelling song about leaving negative feelings in the rearviewmirror.” Elsewhere the album is grounded by LeMay’spowerful vocals and a delicate dissonance of multifarious sonic textures that range from distorted slide guitar transmissions, sequenced beats, vinyl samples and warm electronics. The result is a deeply emotional journey into LeMay’slife, offering a therapeutic and universal wisdom meant to be shared for a long time to come.

1. Stay Wild
2. I Am a War Machine
3. Baby, I’m Gone
4. ÇaVa& C’estLa Vie
5. I Am a Mountain
6.One Day It’s GonnaBreak
7.Hosánna(God, Damn My Soul)
8.Jesus Honey
9.Hurt You
10.Kiss Me, Kill Me (Cover Me in Red)
11.The One Who Breaks Your Heart

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Release Date 15 Mar 2019
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Format CD
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