LISTEN & SHARE: Woolfy – “Shooting Stars”
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“A lofty track that combines the other worldliness of Alt-J and the pop flair of Glass Animals”
– Glide
“Shimmering new single revolves around an infectious beat as Woolfy’s voice takes the forefront”
– Indie88

“Kings Of Convenience jamming with James Murphy on the beach”
– Turntable Lab

“That voice is the core of his songs, the mellowest British accent on record, occasionally sped up for urgency, but always freckled with West Coast lassitude”
– Fader

“Trojan Horse-ing in a great pop number under the guise of a dance track”
– Pitchfork

“Flies in the face of almost every prevailing trend in current dance music.”

With “Shooting Stars,” indie dance mainstay Woolfy returns in wayward pop mode for his first solo outing since 2014’s runaway single “City Lights.” The single comes with the announcement of an EP, Shooting Stars, due out December 3rd on Ritual Release, featuring remixes courtesy of art rockers Django Django and daytime disco don Turbotito.

On the Shooting Stars EP, the title cut serves as a pep talk to Woolfy’s teen daughter, encouraging her to sidestep society’s neat little boxes and shoot for the heavens on her own trajectory. Dreamy guitar, soft pads and tinkling xylophone meet marching band drums and Woolfy’s heart-on-sleeve vocal in a stirring call to arms for fearless living.

“Shooting Stars” was mixed by Stephen Kaye at SunKing Studios (Eddie Chacon, Ry X, Daedelus, Ziggy Marley) in Highland Park, Los Angeles, CA.

There’s a sly hint of predestiny in Simon James aka Woolfy’s backstory. When he was 8 and his music industry dad moved the family from London to LA, they initially crashed at Giorgio Moroder’s place.

Today Woolfy is known around the world as an indie-disco troubadour with an unmistakable English-inflected vocal delivery, usually caught somewhere between drawl and “mesmerizing falsetto”.

Woolfy’s earliest outings were on Rong Music starting in 2005, before being signed to James Murphy’s legendary indie dance stable, DFA, for two more EPs and a 2009 long-player. This period yielded successes such as the perennial favorite “Odyssey”, the lovelorn “Looking Glass”, and “Oh Missy”, which drew a comparison to “late-70s pop-disco Stones”.

Meanwhile, a series of full-length albums and singles as one half of Woolfy vs Projections (now simply Projections) on Permanent Vacation, have seen him firmly cemented as a leading voice in both the modern disco and Balearic “revivals”. Recent collaborations such as with Lexx on summer digi-reggae jam Too Hot (Phantom Island, 2019) and Coyote on the Return To Life EP (Is It Balearic, 2021) continue the trend.

Whereas Projections’ style fuses AOR, cosmic funk, synth pop and afterhours house music, Woolfy’s solo material tends to draw on the influence of the classic pop, indie-rock, shoegaze and new wave that soundtracked James’ musical coming of age in the 80s.

Songs such as the runaway success City Lights (Future Classic, 2014) reveal a rogue indie-pop sensibility, leading to comparisons such as “Kings Of Convenience jamming with James Murphy on the beach”.

Having long traded Los Angeles for the sleepy satellite town of Ojai, Woolfy’s solo material for Ritual Release finds him one foot still on the dancefloor, the other in a more personal space and turning towards traditional songwriting. The result is not just his most authentic and creative work to date, but also his most accomplished.

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Shooting Stars – Tracklisting
01. Woolfy – Shooting Stars
02. Woolfy – Shooting Stars (Turbotito Remix)
03. Woolfy – Shooting Stars (Django Django’s When Authority Attacks Remix)
04. Woolfy – At The End Of My Reach

Photo Cred: John Alderson
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