Wingtip (Nick Perloff-Giles) announced the release of his debut album All Your Friends Are Here on August 14 via Independently Popular. Today, the singer, songwriter and producer also shares “Place Like This,” the latest single from the album and follow up to last month’s “Strangers.” “I’ve always loved the ‘American Gothic’ style of storytelling that folk and country songs do so well – songs about forgotten people stuck in a bad situation or trying to get out of one,” notes Perloff-Giles. “A lot of my writing is fairly conversational and small-scale, but on this one I wanted to try to zoom out – to tell a story about hope and escape that felt really big.”
Perloff-Giles has lived numerous musical lives. It comes almost as a surprise–following a slew of singles (including his breakout “Rewind”) and an EP which were mile-markers on his twisting climb–that All Your Friends Are Here is Wingtip’s debut full-length album. And if anybody should be able to pull this off, it’s Perloff-Giles, who has already seen both sides of the equation: “In some ways, the last couple years have been the process of unlearning everything I learned. It’s very liberating, and I realize that the stuff that moves me and that I really want to emulate, is both personal and a little bit more unstructured.” You can hear those balances throughout All Your Friends Are Here. It’s a distinctive statement of the artist’s evolving personality that also shows off the pop craftsmanship required to master the system.
Wingtip spent most of 2017 on the road touring behind the success of “Rewind” and his debut EP Ghosts of Youth in 2018. During this time Perloff-Giles’ ears opened wider, taking on everything from the “autobiographical, intense music…effective and striking and memorable” by women like Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Daucus to pop-country hits like Keith Urban’s “Blue Ain’t Your Color” (“one of those perfect pop country songs, where the mask hides itself — it feels transparent, but obviously the verse sets up the concept and pre-modifies it and the chorus completely explains it”). And as he recognized the craftsmanship of one, and the ability to engage in personal storytelling of the other, he saw his own process evolve and the journey towards All Your Friends Are Here began in earnest. “What I tried to do with the record in a sense,” says Perloff-Giles, “is free as much as possible myself, for the constraints of Wingtip as a product or an idea.”