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Graffiti Welfare Makes Waves with “Revolving Shores”

By Charlie Maybee

After months of buildup, Graffiti Welfare (also known as George Lattimore), has finally released his album, Revolving Shores, which brings with it all the soft synthesized, nostalgic ambience that we’ve come to love from the three leading singles (Be sure to check out our coverage of “Volume”, “Just Follow”, and “DejaBlue”).

Lattimore reflects on the making of the album, noting that it was “recorded and self-produced at home as a passion project for 5 years before being mastered by The Wheelhouse Studio in Golden, Colorado. He describes it as “a cosmic washing machine of pop nostalgia for the wandering soul. Featuring my late grandmother and oldest brother on the cover, this ambitious album is as personal they come. From ambient to electronic, from minimalistic pop to hyperbolic psychedelic, consciousness is spinning through the wheels and reflecting off the waves, one track at a time. Who knows where you’ll wake up next? Rinse, float, repeat—as needed”.

And it is just that easy to get carried away in the sonic waves of Graffiti Welfare’s music. You get some of the pop sensibilities with electronic drumbeats, but it is really the wash of echoing guitars and synth that mark this project’s sonic niche or signature. It makes sense that many of the music videos attached to the leading singles feature beaches – places where the steady foundation of earth meets the fluidity of water that can be both powerful and soft at any given moment.

Revolving Shores is available on major streaming platforms like Spotify and Apple Music on Friday, June 17, 2022. Find this and more great music on the Alchemical Records Multigenre Mixture playlist on Spotify.

Charlie Maybee

Charlie Maybee is a dancer, musician, educator, and writer based in Charleston, South Carolina who currently teaches with the Dance Program at the College of Charleston. His primary work as an artist is with his performing collective, Polymath Performance Project, through which he makes interdisciplinary performance art that centers tap dance as the primary medium of expression and research. He also currently plays rhythm guitar for the Charleston-based punk band, Anergy, and releases music as a solo artist under the name Nox Eterna.

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