Happy release day to our very own Gregory Uhlmann! His newest album Neighborhood Watch is out now in its entirety and we're very excited for you to hear it.
For those just tuning in to the talent that is Gregory Uhlmann, Gregory is singer-songwriter and guitarist, and a member of various bands including Perfume Genius, Fell Runner and the genre-bending improvising trio Typical Sisters. He was born and raised in Chicago and currently resides in L.A. He released a solo album, Odd Job back in 2017 to much acclaim as a beautiful and lush album about yearning and longing—an expression of a young songwriter looking back, often in sadness or regret or angst.
His new project, Neighborhood Watch, while also rich in melodic and textural allure, comes from a place of contentment. The album is somewhat of a meditation on domestic bliss, filled with thoughtful lyricism and skillful composition. It's about contentment experienced in early adulthood, an expression of the sweetness, good humor and fond reflections Gregory is compelled toward at the happy place he's at now in his life.
“Neighborhood Watch is a cozy portrait of grains of sand, cats, ants, getting colds, letting loose, feeling shy, watching movies, and being in love." - Gregory Uhlmann
The songs on Neighborhood Watch match consummate musicianship and thoughtful songcraft with an innate gift for melody, and that lyricism is channeled through Uhlmann’s unique singing voice—soft and balmy yet also direct and affecting. It is Uhlmann’s most definitive—and private, and fulfilled—effort yet.
Uhlmann’s life and sound are reflected intimately in this music. “Bed” finds the songwriter reconciling his single, independent life with a newer version of himself who desires to settle down. “Benny” is a character study of sorts, and an opportunity for Uhlmann to vicariously throw caution to the wind. Jump-cutting from discordant, brazen sonics to gorgeous strings and supple melody, “Cool Breeze” is lyrically a curio about L.A.’s unforgiving summer heat; “Neighborhood Watch,” based in part on a fellow resident of Uhlmann’s Echo Park, is similarly droll. “DNA” delves into the idea of being in love but having uncertain goals, while “Spice Girls”—title courtesy of Butterss—ruminates on the challenges of falling in love and learning to give of yourself. “Hourglass” finds inspiration in the verse of the late poet W.S. Merwin. Uhlmann enlists vocal help from Meg Duffy (Hand Habits) on “Santa Fe,” a charming reverie in which the songwriter warmly ponders the spring-break trips he took to visit his grandparents. “Coupon” is another poetic travelogue of sorts, this time about a family sojourn to New York.
“This album reflects where I’m at in my life. It feels more grown up, but still contains a certain level of uncertainty and searching. I think I'll always be looking for answers, but I'm more comfortable with the idea that there are not always clear cut solutions and that's ok.”
Order your copy of the album today on one of three vinyl variants, cassette, CD, or digital.