LA-based pop trailblazer Grace Gaustad has shared their new single and video ‘Monster’ today – stream the single here.
‘Monster’ is taken from Grace’s upcoming multimedia concept album PILLBX: whts ur fantasy?, which sees each track from the album being released like an episodic mini-series, culminating in Summer 2023.
‘Monster’ holds onto the poignancy of previous single ‘Old Ways’, and sees Grace’s haunting vocals swim through delicate electronic pop beats. About the track they say “Monster is about taking back a regret or mistake. Even the most pristine and well intentioned people we know have made mistakes and have regrets. There is power in vulnerability, and owning up to our wrongdoings is one of the most important steps to correcting them.”
What do you do when you can’t change the unchangeable? For Gaustad, they fantasise in the first line of the chorus in their new album’s title track ‘PILLBX’ ‘if you could take a pill and make it go away…what would you change?’ For them, it’s the fantasy of changing a dehumanising world that disparages those who are different, to one of unconditional love and acceptance. The album exposes the collective mental anguish young adults feel today – and is a fantastical exploration of the multiple different realities our lives could take if history had been different. Watch the album trailer here.
“I refuse to conform to societal standards and expectations, so within the walls of my bedroom and studio, I created my own world, my own reality, and my own rules. I invite anyone who has ever felt different for any reason into the magical world known as PILLBX” – Grace Gaustad
Following up their debut album BLKBX: wht r u hding?, PILLBX: whts ur fantasy? is a 13 track linear continuation of Gaustad’s journey through young adulthood. It features a curated list of floor banging dance tracks, pop anthems destined to be classics, and hauntingly devastating ballads that are sure to be timeless favourites. The album reunites Grace with artistic visual collaborator and award-winning director Van Alpert and Emmy winner Mariska Hargitay to bring PILLBX to life. Together, they will introduce Grace’s fantasies with episodic music videos that offer a cohesive visual journey of PILLBX, which will culminate in an epic cinematic film at the end of the project.