San Francisco’s bedroom-based producer Charlie Yin, better known as Giraffage, has an album on the way. In a recent interview with NPR, the producer explained he barely left his room throughout recording. “So, basically, I didn’t go outside,” he said of the two years he spent making his debut record, Too Real (out Oct. 20 on Counter Records). “I hung out in my room with my Siamese cat, Cheeky, until it was done. The end.”
A new single off the forthcoming record, “Maybes,” has just arrived and it’s a cheeky, pleasant lullaby. Featuring the dreamy vocals of Brooklyn singer-songwriter Michelle Zauner, known as Japanese Breakfast, the song is a glistening wave that washes over its listeners with a tide of renewal. While the song’s lyrics dwell on irresolution, the impact of “Maybes” lies lesser in its lyrics that in its visceral sonic tenderness. The track’s vocals and synths rise and fall unexpectedly and equate to Yin as an outlier amongst his contemporaries.
“I really didn’t want to do the build-up-drop thing,” Yin said of creating the unconventional dance tune.”When I did use drops, I wanted them to surprise the listener, to blossom unexpectedly, to be more of a story.”
Giraffage’s Too Real comes out Oct. 20 on Ninja Tune’s Counter Records.