There’s a very particular sound that has come to represent the quintessential essence of California. It rests comfortably in the sunshine-infused spaces between indie, pop, and rock, with a dash of dance music to keep us singing and dancing along. Island Apollo is a prime sonic manifestation of that golden state mentality, and today, we’ve got your first listen of their latest single, “Hold It Down.”
The track opens with a catchy, groove-based guitar melody that leads into lyrics that rationalize the age-old question of whether we “need[ed] something more,” only to conclude with the levelheaded and practical solution, “I’m just trying to hold it down.” “Hold It Down” is one of those songs that’ll get stuck in your head after just one spin, demonstrating clear influences from the likes of Sundara Karma, Saint Motel, and Atlas Genius. Lead vocalist and guitarist Ryan Kilpatrick shared,
"We recorded the song in Seattle, and it was the first time we recorded outside of California. I feel like living in Seattle during the project took us to places we might not have gone to if we hadn’t been out of our element."
With members from Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Diego, Island Apollo’s latest still holds true to the band’s west coast roots and arrives just in time for that spring time relaxation. Listen to “Hold It Down” below, and keep up with the band here.