Brooklyn-based synth-pop outfit St. Lucia will release their highly anticipated full-length debut, When The Night, on October 4th via Neon Gold/Columbia Records and Sony Music Entertainment Australia. The album, which expands upon St. Lucia's unique brand of dreamy, nostalgic pop, was produced by the band's own Jean-Philip Grobler, with additional production and mixing from Chris Zane (Passion Pit), Rich Costey (Muse, Foo Fighters) and Andy Baldwin. -Elevate' is first single to be taken from the forthcoming album and is available to purchase digitally now.
The brainchild of South African-bred Jean-Philip Grobler, St. Lucia's previous releases – 2012's -September' EP and self-titled EP – transported listeners to decades past while staying firmly rooted in the present, drawing out melodic bravado and euphoric energy while discarding any trace of the saccharine.
To celebrate the release of When The Night, St. Lucia has announced a US tour with Two Door Cinema Club, which kicks off October 2nd. St. Lucia will also perform at this year's Lollapalooza festival in Chicago on Saturday, August 3rd, as well as a special Lollapalooza after-show that same evening alongside HAIM. The band has recently toured with Ellie Goulding and Charli XCX, not to mention shared stages with fun., Young The Giant, The Shins and others.
Originally from Johannesburg, South Africa, Jean-Philip Grobler grew up performing with the Drakensberg Boys Choir School, learning everything from Bach to minimalist opera. St. Lucia was born out of a moment in early 2010 when Grobler was looking to the past for inspiration. Growing frustrated with a rock project that was starting to feel forced, he delved back into the music that had first inspired him: Madonna, Fleetwood Mac, Peter Gabriel and other songs from his youth. After setting up shop in a small Williamsburg studio in Brooklyn, Grobler began to experiment with these new influences and open the lid on his new project. Teaming up with friends Nick Brown, Ross Clark, Nicky Paul and Patricia Beranek to perform live production team The Knocks. Shortly after, St. Lucia partnered with Columbia imprint Neon Gold Records.
Grobler is also heavily involved in projects outside of St. Lucia. He serves as producer for the debut LP by Brooklyn-based labelmates HAERTS, remixing songs for bands including Passion Pit, Foster the People and Charli XCX, and collaborating with DJs ranging from The Knocks to RAC.
St. Lucia's debut album, When The Night, will be released on October 4th, and the new track Elevate is available now.