ndie rock singer-songwriter Idalee (aka Topher Hall) is making his debut with EP Starting Now, available today via iTunes. In addition, the music video for new single “Starting Now” is available today via Idalee’s official YouTube channel.
Starting Now is a meaty, lyrically dense collection that includes such highlights as ‘Barbarian,’ ‘Some Day,’ ‘Home,’ and ‘Tree Got Rain.’ Idalee’s influences include Nirvana, Elvis Costello, Weezer, Imagine Dragons, as well as Cage The Elephant, Ben Folds, and Beck. The EP was produced by Ethan Kauffman (Ryan Cabrera) and mixed by Will Brierre (The Killers’ Grammy-nominated Hot Fuss, Imagine Dragons’ Nightvisions). Elmore Magazine exclusively premiered the title track, “Starting Now” on February 5.
After a drug-induced car crash in Virginia, Topher Hall woke up in the hospital and woke up to the demons holding him back. He pled out of his proposed jail time and escaped with only a DUI conviction, fines and parole officer. Serendipitously, he found a job down the street at a prison nonprofit that advocates for restorative justice on capital hill and in the prisons themselves. Because of these experiences, Idalee is living, breathing second chance. Topher’s rocky past made him who he is, but he’s been clean for several years and striving to make a better life and society. Idalee’s debut EP is available today.