Kaplan’s Full-Length Debut Solo Album FLOATING ON A DREAM – Produced by Shooter Jennings Due May 20th Via Fantasy Records
WATCH “ALL IS WELL” VIDEO FEAT. JOY WILLIAMS HERE
HEADLINING TOUR ANNOUNCED, DATES INCLUDE NEW YORK’S LPR AND LA’S TROUBADOUR
Rising singer-songwriter Avi Kaplan recently announced the upcoming release of his debut solo album, the Shooter Jennings produced Floating On A Dream, due May 20th, 2022 via Fantasy Records. Pre-order it HERE. Today, he shares a new track from the LP, “I’m Only Getting Started,” a heartfelt message of self-reliance and rebirth. Listen and watch the lyric video HERE.
“My journey has taken many twists and turns,” Kaplan revealed. “It’s been a battle at times, but the completion of this album is a huge step towards the things I hope to achieve as an artist. I’ve been waiting a long time for this chance to give people my music, and to give people myself through my music.”
Produced by GRAMMY Award-winner Shooter Jennings, (Brandi Carlile, Tanya Tucker, American Aquarium) and mixed by Trina Shoemaker, (Brandi Carlile, Queens Of The Stone Age, Sheryl Crow,) Floating On A Dream is rendered in long shadows and moody high relief reflecting Kaplan’s Californian roots and fascination with the American West, broadening his artistry into enthralling new territory.
With country, blues, soul, tribal drums, and a touch of gospel underpinning his elemental acoustic driven rock, he explores matters of the heart, truth, morality, and the search for relevance across the album’s 11 original tracks. At the core though there is that voice. From a haunting falsetto to its deepest bass tones, Kaplan’s instrument is unlike anything else in modern music. While a few of these songs were penned shortly after Kaplan’s departure from Pentatonix in 2017; most were written specifically for this project. What ties them together is the richness and fluidity of his vocal range, which may even surprise longtime fans.
Deepening a musical evolution that began with 2020’s, I’ll Get By EP and carried through last year’s single, “Song for the Thankful,” Floating On A Dream explores Kaplan’s wide sonic palette and rootsy influences. Throughout the LP’s soaring choruses and deep valley passages, Jennings’ steadfast musical foundation helps keep Kaplan’s amazing voice, which has drawn comparisons from classic country crooner Lee Hazlewood to folk legend Richie Havens, firmly in place.
“[On My Way]” finds Kaplan wrestling with time away from family in a powerful confession driven by his warm, deep-voiced delivery.” — THE TENNESSEAN
“Comfortably furthering the folk sounds trailblazed by artists like Lee Hazelwood, Ray LaMontagne, and Shooter Jennings” — FLOOD MAGAZINE
Kaplan also announced a headline tour across the U.S. Find the full routing below.
Floating On A Dream – track list:
April 8 – Munich, Backstage Werk- Germany
April 10 – Zurich, Plaza, Switzerland
April 11 – Paris, Alhambra – France
May 21 – Nashville, TN – 3rd & Lindsley
May 23 – Washington, DC – Sixth & I
May 24 – Philadelphia, PA – World Café Live
May 25 – New York, NY – LPR
May 27 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom
May 28 – St. Louis, MO – Delmar Hall
May 29 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
June 1 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
June 2 – Kansas City, MO – Knuckleheads
June 4 – Ft. Collins, CO – Aggie Theatre
June 6 – Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
June 8 – Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom
June 9 – West Hollywood, CA – Troubadour