“Boy Pablo make the kind of balmy daydream music that perfectly assuages the sting of a breakup, making it clear that their success is more than a viral fluke” Pitchfork
“‘Everytime’ was good. Really bloody outstanding, in fact; so much so that it cut through the barrage of adverts and caught people’s attention“ NME
“You want to listen to his tunes, but also talk shit and make memes with him” i-D
“In just over a year gone from one-hit-wonders to Norwegian Grammy winning, Coachella-playing champs” Clash
Norweigian bedroom pop star Boy Pablo today shares the new single ‘rest up‘ and B-Side ‘people‘ taken off his forthcoming debut album Wachito Rico out October 23 on 777 Music. The tracks premiered over the weekend on Annie Mac’s BBC 1 Radio program. Listen HERE.
While his career took off in 2017 with the viral, outsider-pop anthem ‘Everytime‘, Boy Pablo’s Nicolas Muńoz has since found himself more connected to his art than ever. While Boy Pablo initially started out as a project just for fun, Muńoz, now 21, has since honed a cohesive, creative vision, becoming a fully-fledged force to be reckoned with in the indie-pop space.
The roll out to his highly anticipated debut album has seen boy pablo rapidly expanding his audience on the back of singles ‘hey girl‘ and ‘honey‘ as well as their serialized music videos telling the tale of Wachito Rico. Wachito is the title character of the album and pablo’s alter ego that has curly hair. The series continues with his new single ‘rest up‘ and b-side ‘People‘, songs about mental health/anxiety, and loneliness/depression respectively. Although the tracks deal with some darker and more serious subject matter they still carry pablo’s signature care-free, upbeat, and super catchy touch.
On ‘rest up‘, Boy Pablo shares, “This song is one of the most personal songs I’ve written. It’s got a double meaning: on the one side it’s about my experiences dealing with anxiety and mental health issues but at the same time it takes on relationship problems. In both cases, though the song is about how you can get overwhelmed with negative problems that make it difficult to think clearly and focus on the most important things in life. The instrumental was written a few years ago but it all came together as a song when I was in the studio with Esteban and Erik recording Wachito Rico.“
He continues on about ‘People‘, “I wrote this song 4 or 5 years ago and I’ve thought about releasing it a bunch of times but it never really fit on the EPs. I’m really excited to share this one with everyone because in my eyes it’s one of the best songs I’ve written. It comes from a period in my life where I felt like I had no friends and I was alone all the time. I think most people can relate to feeling like this at some point. Again, Erik and Esteban helped me a lot with this song not to mention the great mix by Matias Tellez.“
More info on Wachito Rico:
Taking its title from a Chilean expression that translates to a fondness for a “handsome boy”, Pablo’s debut LP is a hybrid conceptual and autobiographical record, tracing the ebbs and flows of the titular character’s love story while threading this narrative through with Pablo’s own experiences as a young man, blurring the identities of Wachito Rico and the real-life Nicolas Muñoz into one curious, indistinguishable whole.
‘rest up / People‘ by Boy Pablo is out now via 777 Music.
Buy/stream it here.
Wachito Rico LP Out October 23 on 777 Music
1. hope she loves me back
2. hey girl
3. leave me alone!
5. rest up
6. te vas // don’t go
8. come home
10. vamos a la playa
11. wachito rico
13. i <3 u