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Joe Wong Shares New Song Featuring Steven Drozd, 'In the Morning'


Wong's debut album NITE CREATES will be released on Septemer 18th.

Los Angeles-based, Milwaukee-raised multi-instrumentalist; composer; and podcast host (The Trap Set) JOE WONG shares "In The Morning" today, the latest track from his debut album Nite Creatures, out September 18 via Decca Records. "In the Morning" charts the emergence from a mystical death cult. It features both Wong and Steven Drozd (The Flaming Lips) on dueling, stereo drums and Drozd brings his singular melodic sensibility to the song's guitar solo.

Listen below!

"This song features special guest Steven Drozd, joining me on guitar and stereo drums (he in one speaker, me in the other). Steven's work with The Flaming Lips is a huge influence; I still remember buying 'The Soft Bulletin' on CD at Newbury Comics in Boston and listening in awe until the AA batteries in my Discman died. What a genius!," notes Wong. "We recorded Steven's parts in Milwaukee Howl Street Recordings with the amazing Shane Hochstetler."

"In The Morning" follows Wong's psychedelic debut single "Dreams Wash Away" which was featured in the final episode of Neflitx's acclaimed animated series The Midnight Gospel. The Titmouse-produced video for "Dreams Wash Away" features re-contextualized elements from the show with the characters and backgrounds combined in new ways not seen in the show, currently has 800k+ views and can be seen here:

Wong has also previously released double single "Minor" / "Nuclear Rainbow," and the Marianne Faithfull-inspired "Day After Day."

Nite Creatures was written in the years between his father suffering a stroke in 2010 and his death in 2019. The result is an album that - in the cinematic detail of one of Wong's film scores - explores the intersection of melancholy and joyful surrender. Produced by Mary Timony (Ex Hex, Helium) and featuring performances from Timony, Mary Lattimore, Jon Natchez (War on Drugs), Craig Wedren (Shudder to Think), Anna Waronker (that dog.), Steven Drozd (Flaming Lips) and more, Nite Creatures features luxurious melodies accompanying Wong's deeply personal lyrics. Read more on the album via Pitchfork.

Nite Creatures is available via LP for pre-order via The first pressing of the album's LP is officially sold out, with all profits from advance LP sales being donated to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.

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