Robert Tilden, aka BOYO, takes the time from his garage band Bobby T. and the Slackers to work on his own music, delivering a mix of cosmic pop and Kevin Ayers style melodies. It's music all wrapped up in a late night and youthful atmosphere, but does the BOYO have what it takes? Third Outing introducing...
I wrote three songs for what was our Punky, Garage band at the time and it was clear to me that these new songs existed in a different world than our old stuff and needed a new place to live. Also, in the past, as more people got involved in the old projects, it got harder and harder to chorale everyone to record and work on arranging together, and that’s something I obsess over and love doing regularly. So, the initial idea behind BOYO was that I could be free of ties and make things alone and with friends who I love and respect.
The Strokes are always inevitably going to be a part of my DNA and subconscious. My big brother was reminding me the other day of when he gave me a copy of Is This It when I was around 11 and I listened to it everyday thereafter for over a year. That record, along with Weezer’s Pinkerton and Doolittle by the Pixies blew my little prepubescent mind at that point. I know this sounds like bullshit but I wasn’t really listening to many other albums when I was deep into making this one, so I think the influence is probably just a culmination of things from my brief 20 years.
I think putting intense expectations on myself and something I’ve made would just break me, so all I can really hope for is that it can connect with someone and be their intimate soundtrack to their days and nights and that they feel like its theirs to keep, like how I felt when I got Is This It, almost like you’ve found a new friend in your headphones, only you can hear them.
Any of the times and I would watch horror movies as a kid fully aware they would mess me up and make me bug out at night. I think that’s strangely apt.
"I think putting intense expectations on myself and something
I’ve made would just break me"
Robert Tilden is the kind of seemingly unhinged eccentric that real music rarely has space for these days. His début record Control is packed with wistfully childlike melodies, earnest art and rock, plus a cheery improvisation often counterpoint with melancholic and meaningful lyrics. On Moombah, BOYO showcases his talent, sandwiched by his love of The Strokes and somewhat experimentation.
On Control, each lazily delivered verse is accompanied by a delightful bass line and followed by an ever so slightly 'wrong' guitar lick that makes the song truly different. But the first thing to hit you is the voice. The warm texture and depth, the relax and the coolness allows him to deliver his many beautiful tunes with great style. This is a style BOYO develops with his drummer/best pal Ruben and it is here, in the basement of his parent's house, where Robert likes to record until the little hours of the night. This is when the "the most “useable” stuff usually happens, when [his] filters and guards are down". BOYO's début record mostly remains songs of short and hum-able qualities. Low-key perfectionism is perhaps a more humble virtue than seeking the big, dynamic splash.