Reston, Virginia artist aldn has released music videos for tracks “acceptence” and “denial” as one cohesive visual. A lo-fi mashup of video clips and vignettes, the videos carries the lush tone of his recently released EP, Good Grief, out now via Simple Stupid/Geffen Records.
On “acceptance,” aldn tries to find positives during a time of struggle, singing, “New friends/ New drugs/ New life/ New love/ I think it’s finally going my way/ I never needed them anyway/ I’m okay/ New face/ New place/ You made a mistake.”
aldn also recently released a music video for another Good Grief single, “Bargaining.” The music video features aldn performing in a bedroom with a chalkboard behind him, toting a guitar before heading to a room full of fans and occasionally singing directly in the camera.
Dropping on his 21st birthday via Simple Stupid and Geffen Records, aldn co-produced and wrote all seven tracks on the project, which also features special guest appearances by friends carolesdaughter and Verzache.
An immediately re-playable project, Good Grief is an alt-rock earworm inspired by aldn’s childhood influences of Smashmouth, Radiohead, The Cure. Tracks like “ignorance is bliss” and “sink” (both out with music videos) showcase a new turn in ALDN’s production – preferring to experiment with live instrumentation in his writing, having just gotten off tour with Glaive earlier this year. On other tracks like “do or die” — featuring alt-indie darling carolesdaughter — and “acceptance” aldn showcases his penmanship and ability to write relatable songs that are courageous and honest to experiences of young people today.
Twenty one year old aldn has been prolific in the hyperpop community for his production skills, but it wasn’t until he started laying his own vocals to those self-produced beats that things took off for the artist. aldn’s music turns pop songwriting on its head and finds a way to get stuck with the listener for hours on end.