Music, Singles, The Revue — May 17, 2018 at 5:05 am

Onlyness – “Somebody’s Son” (single premiere)

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Upstate New York-based singer-songwriter Rick Spataro has his fingerprints over some of our favorite albums over the last few years. From his contributions to Florist to his releases with The Firs, Spataro has a knack for crafting gorgeous, delicate music and bringing melody to life. This July, Spataro will release his first album as Onlyness. The self-titled debut marks a new chapter for Spataro, who plays most of the instruments on the record. Today, we’re honored to premiere “Somebody’s Son”.

“Somebody’s Son” is a stunning track that is laden with beautiful harmonies and an underlying layer of gently brushed drums and a beautiful application of steel guitar. Lyrically, it’s a love song, but also a plea to another to understand and love even when things aren’t perfect.

“Stay with me for good,
don’t let it scare you when I’m not my best,
If I feel anger or I feel unrest,
if I feel distant or if I’m obsessed.”

If “Somebody’s Son” is any indication, Onlyness is going to be a stunning album. Spataro’s ability to create wonderful, engaging music will translate well to his new project. And while it’s mostly a solo record, he does have some support from fellow Florist bandmate Jonnie Baker as well as Paige Allen on backup vocals, Eric Margan on bass and flute, and Josh Marre of Blue Ranger playing lap steel. That’s got us pretty excited to hear what else awaits on Onlyness.

Onlyness is out July 6th via Fivekill Records. Pre-order it on Bandcamp.

Catch Onlyness on tour:

5/19 – Fort Orange General Store – Albany, NY
7/6 – The Chateau Providence (Album Release) w/ Pony in the Pancake, Blue Ranger, and Another Michael – Albany, NY
7/14 – The Soundhole – Philadelphia, PA

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