Skip to main content Skip to footer site map

LEMONADE


BIO: Traveling to new dimensions is certainly an appealing prospect, but, sometimes, the most poignant experiences in life are the ones that happen every day. Walking through the city at night. Staring at billowing clouds on your desktop. Lazily floating in a pool alone. Using drugs or sex as a form of easy escape. Transcendence can be achieved through limited means, something it’s taken Lemonade years to realize, during which time the trio of Callan Clendenin, Ben Steidel, and Alex Pasternak has managed to move across the country and completely reinvent its sound. Formed in San Francisco, Lemonade initially crafted visceral, psychedelic, and vaguely tropical rave journeys that touched upon dozens of the group’s influences (Liquid Liquid, Sonz of a Loop Da Loop Era, Digital Mystikz) without sounding particularly like any of them. Early shows offered otherworldy, mind-bending experiences that drew a loyal MDMA-crazed local following. The phenomenon only intensified after the release of the band’s self-titled debut LP in 2008 and subsequent move to New York. That mostly improvised, ecstatic collection of “agile, hedonistic pop music” (as called by Radio 1’s Mary Anne Hobbes) earned praise from the indie and dance communities alike. Pitchfork wrote, “it vividly replicates that first sensation of losing yourself in a peak-hour, strobe-lit reverie, where the communal act of dancing teeters between liberation and disorientation.” 2010 saw the band’s second release, Pure Moods, an effort by Lemonade to steer their schizophrenic palate through pop waters. Combining warped old-school rave, R&B, grime, a variety of global rhythms, and other styles too numerous to list, the record was an important stepping stone for a group that was only beginning to discover the emotional potency of out-and-out pop songwriting. Now, more than two years later, that transformation is complete, as Diver documents Lemonade operating as a focused unit, one that’s more interested in speaking to your heart than blowing your mind. Traces of all the group’s disparate musical interests still populate the record, but above all, Diver is a bold and sensual electronic pop record. Diver swims ecstatically in every thing from the melodies of early 90?s R&B, UK 2-step Garage, Balearic house and NY freestyle to ’80s pop-rock nostalgia, wispy new age, boy-band innocence, and synth-driven Euro-trance. The production, assisted by Fisherspooner collaborator Le Chev, is exceptionally crisp. Diver also contains some of most easily digestible music Lemonade has ever produced, yet it is anything but shallow. Callan’s lyrics now look inward, to his attempts to hold on to redemptive love and romance in a cybernetic, information-rich world. Clendenin says, “I felt that after the explosion of internet music, all the insular scenes that inspired me now lacked necessary isolation, like tribes discovered deep in the Amazon, exposed to the modern world and now horribly addicted to Pepsi. I began to look back on what I have truly loved throughout my life musically and tried to synthesize it all, from classic R&B to avant electronic artists to the most epic techno. The common thread was good songwriting with real emotion, which is what we tried to do with this album.” “Neptune,” the album’s first single, shows where Lemonade’s collective head is at; Clendenin’s vocals are front and center, intertwining with airy, new age-referencing melodies as the he spins a lover’s lament. Diver has its share of wistful tunes: “Eye Drops” gets sentimental with a ghostly R&B vocal loop and a meditative piano, while the expansive “Vivid” bathes his introspective voice in glowing synths and chime melodies. Diver’s songs may be thoughtful, but many of them are downright jubilant. Album opener “Infinite Style” celebrates with a bright cascade of keyboards, “Whitecaps” adds a funky electronic bassline and steel-drum samples to the mix, the exceptionally glossy “Sinead” hints at Balearic ’90s rave sounds, and “Big Changes” stuffs the grandiose flourish of big-room festival trance into a helplessly infectious pop song. Perhaps the album’s most personal track, “Softkiss” closes the album with what sounds like an updated boy-band anthem full of ringing chords and lovelorn lyrics. It’s a far cry from the cacophony that once dominated Lemonade’s discography, yet infinitely more powerful.

Latest Articles


The Kid Laroi Shares New Song 'So Done' Photo The Kid Laroi Shares New Song 'So Done'
by BWW News Desk - October 23, 2020

The Kid LAROI is 'So Done' in his first song from his forthcoming project. Teaming up with frequent collaborators Cole Bennett and Lyrical Lemonade, an exasperated LAROI vents his frustrations regarding love and romance in today's new visual. Watch HERE. 'So Done' is the first release off a new proj...
Space Kamp Drops New Video 'Summer Of Love' Photo Space Kamp Drops New Video 'Summer Of Love'
by BWW News Desk - October 16, 2020

The psychedelic, Hip Hop and Reggae genre-bending duo Space Kamp release their new video for 'Summer of Love' a song off their recent chart-topping album Electric Lemonade, out now!...
Christopher The Conquered Releases 'Pick Up Your Telephone' Video Photo Christopher The Conquered Releases 'Pick Up Your Telephone' Video
by BWW News Desk - September 28, 2020

The tune is the opening cut on Christopher the Conquered's self-focused new album, I Am Christopher (Grand Phony, Out Now)....
Tony Velour Releases Intense New Single/Video 'SH!TWTF' Photo Tony Velour Releases Intense New Single/Video 'SH!TWTF'
by TV News Desk - September 24, 2020

Atlanta rapper, producer and songwriter Tony Velour has released his experimental punk/electronic-infused rap anthem “SH!TWTF” alongside it’s high-adrenaline music video....
Phil Good Releases New Single 'Falling' Photo Phil Good Releases New Single 'Falling'
by TV News Desk - September 18, 2020

Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Phil Good has released “Falling”, his third new single of 2020....
Tenille Townes Performs 'Somebody's Daughter' at 55th ACM Awards Photo Tenille Townes Performs 'Somebody's Daughter' at 55th ACM Awards
by TV News Desk - September 17, 2020

Breakthrough singer, songwriter and musician Tenille Townes performed her song, “Somebody’s Daughter.'...
Tenille Townes Wins Two ACM Awards Photo Tenille Townes Wins Two ACM Awards
by TV News Desk - September 14, 2020

Breakthrough singer, songwriter and musician Tenille Townes is the winner of two awards at the 55th Academy of Country Music Awards: New Female Artist of the Year and Music Event of the Year for “Fooled Around and Fell in Love.'...
YoungBoy Never Broke Again Releases New Album Photo YoungBoy Never Broke Again Releases New Album
by TV News Desk - September 11, 2020

Multi-platinum rap superstar YoungBoy Never Broke Again has officially released his eagerly awaited new album, TOP which arrives today via Never Broke Again, LLC/Atlantic Records at all DSPs and streaming services....
CASSIDY KING Shares New Single 'Safe Places' Photo CASSIDY KING Shares New Single 'Safe Places'
by TV News Desk - September 10, 2020

Today Ohio’s Cassidy King has revealed a new single, “Safe Places,” which exemplifies King’s penchant for creating a song that is at once confessional and ear-wormy. ...
BVDLVD Drops New Video For 'Shut It Down' (Ft. Jasiah) Photo BVDLVD Drops New Video For 'Shut It Down' (Ft. Jasiah)
by BWW News Desk - September 04, 2020

While the audio stream of BVDLVD's (pronounced 'Badlad') single 'SHUT DOWN' (ft. Jasiah) has racked up nearly 78k views on Youtube, fans have been clamoring for a music video-- and they finally have one. ...
Tony Velour and 100 gecs' Dylan Brady Join Forces for Stadium-Sized Rap Anthem 'EURO Photo Tony Velour and 100 gecs' Dylan Brady Join Forces for Stadium-Sized Rap Anthem 'EURO PLUG'
by TV News Desk - September 03, 2020

Atlanta rapper, producer and songwriter Tony Velour has released his new single “EURO PLUG” produced by and featuring Dylan Brady....
Cayucas Debut 'California Girl' Video Photo Cayucas Debut 'California Girl' Video
by TV News Desk - September 02, 2020

Today, LA duo Cayucas have released groovy new single/video “California Girl” off their forthcoming album Blue Summer due out September 25 on Park The Van....
AYDAY Shares P.U.K.E. Tape Vol. 2, Debuts Video For 'Lil Green Car' Photo AYDAY Shares P.U.K.E. Tape Vol. 2, Debuts Video For 'Lil Green Car'
by BWW News Desk - August 28, 2020

P.U.K.E. Tape Vol. 2, the second EP from rising 16-year-old artist PAYDAY, is out today—stream it here. She also shares the video for a new track “Lil Green Car” today shot and directed by 777Media of AG Club—watch it below. ...
MANILA GREY Release 'Shibuya' Single Photo MANILA GREY Release 'Shibuya' Single
by TV News Desk - August 26, 2020

Vancouver duo MANILA GREY have unveiled their new single ‘Shibuya’, the second release in quick succession, out August 26th. ...
Pink Martini Shares New Single 'The Lemonade Song' Photo Pink Martini Shares New Single 'The Lemonade Song'
by BWW News Desk - August 21, 2020

Portland favorites Pink Martini have shared their second new single of the summer. 'The Lemonade Song' is released today via their own label Heinz Records. ...
Pink Martini Share New Single 'The Lemonade Song' Photo Pink Martini Share New Single 'The Lemonade Song'
by BWW News Desk - August 21, 2020

Portland favorites Pink Martini have shared their second new single of the summer....
Cayucas Debuts Single 'Malibu '79 Long'
by BWW News Desk - August 19, 2020

Today, LA duo Cayucas have released new single “Malibu ‘79 Long” off their forthcoming album Blue Summer due out September 25 on Park The Van. Premiered by American Songwriter, buoyant vocal harmonies play over the song’s bouncy, Rockabilly-indebted instrumentation....
Lil Skies and NoCap Team Up For Latest Track 'Lightbeam' Photo Lil Skies and NoCap Team Up For Latest Track 'Lightbeam'
by TV News Desk - July 23, 2020

Lil Skies and NoCap bring melodic heat to Skies' latest single, “Lightbeam,” available today via All We Got Ent/Atlantic Records....
Henry Fong & Knock2 Turn the Heat Up with 'What's the Move' Photo Henry Fong & Knock2 Turn the Heat Up with 'What's the Move'
by TV News Desk - July 20, 2020

Henry Fong and Knock2 encourage listeners to bop with the groove on their high energy collaboration “What's the Move,” featuring spitfire verses from deejay General Degree....
Space Kamp Releases ELECTRIC LEMONADE Photo Space Kamp Releases ELECTRIC LEMONADE
by BWW News Desk - July 02, 2020

The Pennsylvania based group, Space Kamp, is on a mission to break rules and spread love around the globe with their forthcoming album 'Electric Lemonade.'...
BWW Exclusive: THE 101 GREATEST PROTEST SONGS OF ALL TIME - with Bob Dylan, Aretha Fr Photo BWW Exclusive: THE 101 GREATEST PROTEST SONGS OF ALL TIME - with Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, John Lennon, Kendrick Lamar & More
by Peter Nason - June 18, 2020

BWW Reviewer Peter Nason chooses the 101 greatest protest songs from 1939-2020. See if your favorite songs or artists made the list!...
The Allman Betts Band Releases Official Music Video for 'Long Gone' Photo The Allman Betts Band Releases Official Music Video for 'Long Gone'
by TV News Desk - June 09, 2020

The Allman Betts Band has released the official music video for the song “Long Gone” from their debut album Down to The River (June 2019) via BMG. Relix exclusively premiered the video earlier this week. ...
Porter Robinson Presents SECRET SKY FESTIVAL Tomorrow Photo Porter Robinson Presents SECRET SKY FESTIVAL Tomorrow
by BWW News Desk - May 08, 2020

The set times for Porter Robinson's Secret Sky festival, taking place tomorrow Saturday, May 9 have now been revealed. Presented by Goldenvoice, Brownies & Lemonade, and Slush Management present and with a lineup curated by Porter himself, the festival is a direct reflection of Robinson's taste feat...
Porter Robinson Presents Secret Sky Festival on May 9 Photo Porter Robinson Presents Secret Sky Festival on May 9
by TV News Desk - May 05, 2020

Goldenvoice, Brownies & Lemonade, and Slush Management present Porter Robinson's Secret Sky on Saturday, May 9....
Party Favor Drops New 5-Track EP FRESH LAUNDRY Photo Party Favor Drops New 5-Track EP FRESH LAUNDRY
by TV News Desk - May 01, 2020

Critically acclaimed producer and DJ Party Favor reveals new five-track EP 'FRESH LAUNDRY', out 1st May via his own imprint Area 25. The 'FRESH LAUNDRY' EP serves as a follow up to his 2019 debut album Layers. ...