February 20, 2019
Bunny Boy, aka Davey Michelle from Methuen, MA, will release his debut [double] album called Did The Angels Come To Kiss You on March 1st via Dollhouse Lightning. The 22-track album is delightfully strange, innovative, and beautiful--chronicling a wonderfully dense, imaginary world that was born into Michelle's mind in 2015. There are vast tonal shifts throughout the album, from experimental ambient pieces to alt-folk that fans of Sparklehorse, (Sandy) Alex G, Sufjan Stevens, Whitney Ballen, Bent Denim, and Foxygen might all be into. The first single, "Beautiful Smile," has premiered today at Austin Town Hall.
"I’m always searching for distinctive voices; the sort with imperfections that might lead others astray. That’s much the case with Bunny Boy... Those slight voice cracks [sic] provide that intimacy/connection we all seek in our art... and the message is quite special." - Austin Town Hall
The songs on Did The Angels Come To Kiss You traverse horrors and wonders, including guided meditations, screaming goats, and voices from the dead speaking through internet relay chat. It is riddled with its own mythology: There are the drearsils (a magical flower that emits a fluid, called gackle, that smells and looks similar to vomit); the feeries (magical portals, often a body of water, that bring you to the faerie realms); and the land of the Kalicos, where a dying faerie race are forced to use dolls with a special “bisque” as vessels, in order to prolong their lives. Beyond a vast mountain range in the land of the Kalicos lives the Sisters Grey, who keep watch over a tree where dead children are lured and reanimated before being carried back to the human realm by skeletal crows (in order to create more vessels for another faerie race). There’s also the land of Knells, which was first introduced in Bunny Boy’s Shelly EP. The Knells are lands once ruled by amphibians, but now mostly covered in ruins where stragglers often pass through, including one particular person who’s growing homunculi out of the remains of his sister, Sherivolla. Finally, there’s Mary--a girl who has “pond eyes,” which Bunny Boy explains is "a connection to the feeries that give her insight into the happenings that surround the portals."
The album art for Did The Angels Come To Kiss You was created by frequent collaborator Robyn Violet. Violet has also provided illustrations for most of the songs, which will be released in book/zine form later this year. Her photography and art guided and inspired the imagery and aesthetic of the album.
Bunny Boy's influences include the lyrical stylings of Edward Gorey, Cradle of Filth, Edward Lear, Sparklehorse, and Nicole Dollangager. He also drew inspiration from Arthurian literature, fairy tales, and horror movies. "I set out to make the album very fun, but also very scary. The album is riddled with easter eggs, also, and it rewards those who have listened to the Bunny Boy discography and/or have seen me live."
Did The Angels Come To Kiss You is out March 1st on Dollhouse Lightning. On February 28 Bunny Boy kicks off a month-long tour across country and back, beginning in Brooklyn. For media inquiries, including track/album premieres and guest list inquiries, please contact Caitlin Pasko at email@example.com.