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WHY? Unveils Lush Ballad “G-dzillah G’dolah” Ahead of New Album The Well I Fell Into

  • June 17, 2024
  • 2 min read
WHY? Unveils Lush Ballad “G-dzillah G’dolah” Ahead of New Album The Well I Fell Into

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WHY? returns with their latest single, “G-dzillah G’dolah,” a minimalist yet lush ballad from their forthcoming album *The Well I Fell Into*, set to release on August 2nd via Waterlines. The track kicks off with a twinkling prepared piano and upright bass, eventually swelling with a stirring string section. Accompanying the single is a Scott Fredette-directed video that captures the band’s live show in an immersive and surreal light. Fredette shared that the XR program at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, played a crucial role in creating the thematically relevant content displayed in the video.

Yoni Wolf of WHY? delves into the song’s meaning, describing it as a moment of doubt amidst doubt. The narrative follows a man on a flight to reunite with his love, feeling small and overwhelmed by the prospect. He has built her up in his mind as a towering monster of affection, a “G-dzillah G’dolah,” and despite his assurances to make things right, he feels the past slipping away. The song, spoken from thirty thousand feet up, leaves listeners without resolution, reflecting the man’s anxiety and anticipation.

“**G’dzillah G’Dolah**” follows the album’s lead single, “The Letters, etc.,” which received praise from Stereogum, Brooklyn Vegan, and Paste, among others. WHY? will support the album with an extensive North American tour, including performances at NYC’s Bowery Ballroom on August 23rd and LA’s Lodge Room on September 14th.

*The Well I Fell Into* represents Wolf at his most cohesive and poignant, an autopsy of heartbreak that trades bitterness for healing. Self-released on Waterlines, Wolf’s new label, the album’s 14 tracks are some of the band’s prettiest and most immediate work. Recorded with Brian Joseph at Eau Claire’s Hive Studio, the album features compelling and accessible arrangements that enhance the strong hooks grounding the songs. Wolf enlisted collaborators like Gia Margaret, Macie Stewart of Finom, Lillie West of Lala Lala, Serengeti, and Ada Lea to flesh out the recordings.

*The Well I Fell Into* is ultimately a hopeful record, tackling messy emotions with lucid candor and grace. It avoids external villains and wallowing, instead offering a frank dissection of the past and a commitment to moving forward. This album stands near the top of the WHY? catalog as a testament to an artist finding peace.

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Chris Ryan is an accomplished promoter, event planner, producer, activist, counselor, poet and blogger. Within the course of two and a half years Chris Ryan has worked with some of NYC's most established promoters/event planners, been named 2007′s GaySocialite of the year, granted a promoter of the year award from NYC's most famous gay establishment, Splash. He's worked in some of NYC's top venues including; Avalon, Capitale, Cipriani, Cielo, Pacha, Element, Le Poisson Rouge, XL, G Lounge, Plumm, Hilton Hotel, Indigo Hotel, Spirit, Myst/Quo, Splash, The Ritz, Vlada, Roseland Ballroom, Heaven, etc. In 2008, Chris Ryan has begun to unveil some of the most innovative & unique parties New York City has ever seen. The Fusion events "fuse" together all disciplines of art into an event that remains diverse yet cohesive at the same time. won best gay promotions website from NYC Event Patrons in 2008 & he was granted an award from the Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, Gov. Patterson & Michelle Clunie (QAF) saluting him for his hard work in nightlife. Chris Ryan has also begun working with many renown companies, including; doctors, lawyers, physicians, modeling agencies & more. Chris Ryan has been responsible for wide-scale promotions for all these companies & generating tremendous business. Chris Ryan has even started to become National with events taking place in LA & Miami this year. In May of 2009 Chris Ryan received the very prestigious honor of being named a "40 Under 40″ Gays in America by the Advocate Magazine. He also created three successful parties that generated over 1,500 patrons each. In January of 2010 Chris Ryan was featured as one of the top promoters to look out for in Noize Magazine Chris Ryan joined forces with legendary promoter/event producer, Lee Chappell and created one of the most talked about events of all 2010, Desire @ Capitale. Chris Ryan and Lee featured one of the most outstanding artists NYC has ever seen, "Oh Land." Her performance coupled with an exquisite and unforgettable set design added to this extravagant event that held over 1,000 patrons in one of NYC's most successful PRIDE events! Chris Ryan then joined forces with legendary Pacha promoter, Rob Fernandez in addition to Jake Resnicow and Tommy Marinelli to bring one of the largest and most successful parties worldwide to NYC, MATINEE. The event on Governor's Island saw over 2,000+ attendees and one of the most ambitious productions ever. In 2011 Chris Ryan started Emerge Music Promotions with business partner Darren Melchiorre. Emerge Music promotions began signing artists with plans to develop and market the artists to the community at large. Emerge Music promotions has big events planned for 2012 and 2013. Chris Ryan debuted the IMAGE events which took place on top of two of NYC's most beautiful rooftop venues, Rare View and Indigo Hotel. The events were blogged everywhere and featured the fashion designs of several clothing designers, artists and photographers. Chris Ryan felt that fashion and art should be displayed at every event and attracted the likes of Malan Breton, Calvin Klein and even Katy Perry. Chris Ryan began an extremely successful event which incorporated the concept of a house party into a nightclub atmosphere. The event Twist'D at G Lounge has been one of the most talked about events in NYC and allows it's audience to play nearly-naked Twister, beer pong, flip cup & more with other attendees. Chris Ryan was granted an excellence in volunteering award from AVP (Anti-Violence Project) for all his efforts in supporting the organization. 2013 has a very promising landscape on the horizon and Chris Ryan is complacent in saying "you haven't seen anything yet!"

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