Whitman had nature. Fellini had dreams. And Griffin Robillard? He had capitalism and a beat up microphone.
The Brooklyn-based songwriter grabs handfuls of the polished pop of NYC with hints of the earnest charm from his midwest roots and hits the blend button. What emerges when the dust settles is a young, modern American storyteller inspired by the artistry and playfulness of his heroes like Springsteen, Bowie and Madonna.
An official SXSW artist, Robillard has turned his life in the city into a commentary on American Life. Love, politics, capitalism and death are all fair game for his lyrical musings on his latest EP Love Songs For Repressed People. The release finds Robillard in fine company with producer Walker Lukens and members of Bright Light Social Hour backing him up in the legendary Public Hi-Fi studios, mixed by Jim Eno (Spoon) himself. These fixtures of the Austin scene add just enough Texas heat and humidity to elevate Robillard’s formulas on his follow up to Very Good Sense of Humor EP.
“There is no nervous rush in his music, instead there's a relaxed coolness. There are melodic tendencies that veer straight towards John Denver's heart, but lyrical themes that conjure the cool darkness of Nick Cave” -Paste
“Everything from a slow hip hop beat, to a symphony of synths and Robillard’s deep, slightly-creepy-but-inviting Bryan Ferry-ish voice.” -American Songwriter