X Ambassadors Announces New Album “Townie”, Shares New Song “No Strings”
American pop-rock band X Ambassadors, consisting of Sam Nelson Harris (lead vocals/guitar), Casey Harris (keyboards) and Adam Levin (drums), has announced that their fourth studio album “Townie” will be released on April 5, 2024 via Virgin Music Group.
The album is their first body of work in three years and comprises a 12-track, produced by X Ambassadors.
On the album, the band returned to their upstate New York roots and draws their hometown and surrounding community.
The band frontman Sam Nelson Harris said of the album, “A gas station glows in the night, two miles from the Tompkins County line. It cuts through the bleak, winter night like a grotesque, twenty-first century lighthouse. To the east - the college town of Ithaca, NY. To the west, everything else. The air is cold and unforgiving. The landscape every shade of grey and brown on the color-wheel. A couple of teenagers loiter in the parking lot, plotting their escape. Most of them know they won't ever leave this town, so tonight their escape is a temporary one. Rollies and half-drank liters of Mountain Dew. Grapefruit blunts and chapped lips. Their baggy clothes full of restlessness and longing. This is Townie.”
- From the album the band released the first single called “No Strings” on January 19, 2024.
The track was written by Adam Levin, Casey Harris, Jacob Kasher, Ricky Reed, Russ Flynn, Sam Nelson Harris, and Toby Tubby. Produced by X Ambassadors.
The accompanying music video was directed by Daniel Fermín Pfeffer and Carlos Cardona, who filmed in Ithaca, New York.
Sam Nelson Harris said of the song, “Ithaca is so isolated, and growing up there like Casey and I did we did whatever we could to give ourselves little ways to escape: riding around town aimlessly on our bikes, on city busses, or in our parents cars; getting lost in the woods, getting into whatever trouble we could find, dangling our feet off the edges of waterfalls with our friends, making out with high school crushes on the cold winter night, snot dribbling into each other's mouths... ways that make you feel like the world is bigger, and like there's nothing holding you back from getting out there.”
He continued, “As a grown man, I've fallen back in love with upstate NY, and I oddly feel blessed to have had something to rally so hard against/fight to escape from as a kid. You can't hide who you are, and who you are is where you're from. 'No Strings' is an anthem for the lost and hungry - in forgotten cities and towns and townships all over the world - whose restlessness will always burn, and keep the fire in their bellies fed.”
- source : Apple Music