You are moving so fast/ but I caught a glimpse of you,” sings 18-year-old Eddie "Lontalius" Johnston, on his debut album, I’ll Forget 17, out March 25, 2016 on Partisan Records. “Feeling so sweet/ but then it goes away.” Like many teens, Johnston feels everything acutely: first love, the ephemeral nature of said love, the turmoil of the larger world as well as the need to experience that world. Lontalius asks the existential questions that haunt all of us at that transitional age and couches them in these forlorn yet resonant pop songs.
Listening to the teen’s strong debut might feel akin to stumbling across a teenager’s Tumblr page, where the jumble of feelings and emotions in their full array is on display. From Wellington, New Zealand, he’s garnered buzz and thousands of views on YouTube and Soundcloud for his poignant and measured takes on new classic pop hits but now he turns his focus squarely on himself, capturing his interior world and feelings at this vulnerable age.
Johnston took strength and succor from a line in Frank Ocean's song “White,” even naming his album after it. “Being 17 felt like such an important year, maturing and falling in love,” Johnston says. “But hearing Frank say: ‘I’ll forget 17, I’ll forget my first love like I forget a daydream,’ it struck me that even though it felt so important to me, it probably wouldn’t feel like it in 5 or 10 years.” It became all the more important for Johnston to capture these conflicted, wistful, at times painful feelings while they were at their most resonant, traveling for the first time outside of New Zealand to Bristol to record with Ali Chant of Toybox Studios (PJ Harvey, Perfume Genius, M. Ward).
“Having more people pay attention really spurred me on,” Johnston said of taking that next step from a bedroom artist to a real-world one. “When you’re down in New Zealand, having international fans is really something.”
Johnston’s love of music mirrors that of almost every kid. His parents played him the Beatles and he got his first guitar at the age of eight. But rather than the story of a protégé, he was like most kids gifted an instrument: “I didn’t like taking lessons. But at some point I realized you could just Google Beatles songs and there were videos that would teach you how to play them.”
Johnston’s love of music runs parallel to his embrace of online life. Asked what his hobbies are, he replies simply: “the Internet.” It’s an awkward response perhaps, but an unflinchingly honest one and Johnston is unafraid to voice such emotions and feelings, whether they are embarrassing or not. And when he got a computer in his own room in 2007, he began to practice music in earnest. “I found free software to record my own music and started to experiment with writing my own songs,” he said. “I started uploading videos. The first YouTube videos are of me singing Crowded House songs.”
Time online also gave Johnston his artist name. Fond of clicking on random Wikipedia articles, even though he says, “it was always rowing teams from the 1700s that came up,” one day he clicked and an entry for Lontalius came on his screen. “I just liked the way it sounded,” he says with a shrug as explanation for the name of a genus of butterfly in the family Lycaenidae common to Borneo and the Philippines that he adopted as his own artist name.
Like most teens (or butterflies), Johnston’s musical tastes were mercurial, veering from Coldplay to the decidedly more alternative Radiohead, before he fully embraced pop music. Soon after, he began uploading hushed, forlorn covers of pop hits accompanied by an 808 and an old Casio MT-45 that a friend bought him for $2. In emulating his pop idols, he learned something about his own talents and abilities: “I found that covers improved my sense of melody. My voice isn’t amazing, but having to sing Beyoncé songs pushes you a little bit and widens your voice.”
In posting up these covers, Lontalius’s buoyant take on Young Lean’s “Gatorade” found a big online fan in hyper-networked Canadian producer/DJ Ryan Hemsworth. Soon the two were collaborating on music, Lontalius’s voice gracing Hemsworth’s “Walk Me Home." “Ryan comes from this world I only really dreamt about,” Johnston says. “Having him put my cover on one of his mixes and then adding me on Facebook was like a dream come true.”
He also has Hemsworth to thank for spreading the rumor that Johnston was a classmate of fellow New Zealander, Lorde. It wasn’t true, but both teens played along on Twitter and even met right before “Royals” blew up. “I was shocked that Lorde was the same as me,” he says. “She was still just a teenager interested in music. Seeing her incredible success was really inspiring. That doesn’t happen to New Zealanders often.”
I’ll Forget 17 might be a case of lightning striking twice as the ten-song debut announces a bright new voice in pop. While fans of Lontalius might have admired the teen’s ability to find the sad sentiment underneath the pop exteriors, his emotional astuteness carries over into his original material. “I’ve always really loved dance remixes where they put an emotional breakdown with an acapella,” he says, adding that a song like “Kick in the Head” remains a favorite of his as it marks when he “started writing about real experiences and real feelings.”
Despite making his name on sad renditions of pop songs, Lontalius is definitely happy at the moment, as now he will leave behind his bedroom in New Zealand to tour the world with a real band, including stops at New York’s CMJ Festival and Red Bull Music Academy in Paris. “I’m not really sad,” Johnston says. “I’m emotional, but I’m not depressed. I just like sad music.”
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Our Terms and Conditions of Supply are provided by our shop and warehousing partner, Ochre. For more information about our shop's T&Cs, please visit here.
1. These Terms
1.1 What these terms cover. These are the terms and conditions on which we supply products to you, whether these are goods or digital content. These terms apply to orders of products made by you through third party websites in respect of which we provide retail services.
1.2 Why you should read them. Please read these terms carefully before you submit your order to us. These terms tell you who we are, how we will provide products to you, how you and we may change or end the agreement, what to do if there is a problem and other important information. If you think that there is a mistake in these terms or that they require any changes, please contact us to discuss.
2. Information about us and how to contact us
2.1 Who we are. We are Ochre Music Ltd trading as Ochre is a company registered in The United Kingdom. Our registered office is at Unit L, Spectrum House, 32-34 Gordon House Road, London, NW5 1LP. This store is operated by us on behalf of the Store Owner
2.2 How to contact us. If you have an issue with your purchase, customer services and fulfilment for this store is provided by Ochre.
2.3 How we may contact you. If we have to contact you we will do so by telephone or by writing to you at the email address or postal address you provided to us in your order.
2.4 "Writing" includes emails. When we use the words "writing" or "written" in these terms, this includes emails.
3. Our agreement with you
3.1 How we will accept your order. Our acceptance of your order will take place when we email you to accept it, at which point a binding agreement will come into existence between you and us.
3.2 If we cannot accept your order. If we are unable to accept your order, we will inform you of this in writing and will issue you with a refund. This might be because the product is out of stock, or because of other circumstances or events which we could not reasonably plan for, because we have identified an error in the price or description of the product or because we are unable to meet a delivery deadline you have specified.
3.3 Your order number. We will assign an order number to your order and tell you what it is when we accept your order. It will help us if you can tell us the order number whenever you contact us about your order.
3.4 Where we sell. We sell products in the UK and world-wide, except where we notify you that we are not able to supply products.
4. Our products
4.1 Products may vary slightly from their pictures. The images of products on our website are for illustrative purposes only. Your product may vary slightly from those images.
4.2 Product packaging may vary. The packaging of products may vary from that shown on images on our website.
5. Our rights to make changes
5.1 Minor changes to products. We may change products:
5.1.1 to reflect changes in relevant laws and regulatory requirements; and
5.1.2 to implement minor technical adjustments and improvements. These changes will not substantially affect your use of the products affected by the change.
5.2 More significant changes to products and these terms. If we need to make more significant changes to these terms or products for which you have placed an order, we will notify you and give you the opportunity to contact us to end the agreement and receive a full refund before the changes take effect.
6. Providing the products
6.1 Delivery costs. The costs of delivery will be as displayed to you on our website.
6.2 When we will provide the products. During the order process we will let you know when we will provide the products to you.
6.2.1 If the products are goods. we will provide you with an estimated delivery date when you place your order, which will be within 30 days after the day on which we accept your order, except in relation to pre-ordered goods, where we will give you an estimated shipping date based on when we expect the goods to be in stock.6.2.2 If the product is a one-off purchase of digital content. We will make the digital content available for download by you as soon as we accept your order, unless your order is a digital pre-order, in which case it will be made available on the stated release date.
6.3 We are not responsible for delays outside our control. If our supply of the products is delayed by an event outside our control then we will contact you as soon as possible to let you know and we will take steps to minimise the effect of the delay. Provided we do this we will not be liable for delays caused by the event, but if there is a risk of substantial delay you may contact us to cancel the order and receive a refund for any products you have paid for but not received.
6.4 If you are not at home when the product is delivered. If no one is available at your address to take delivery and the products cannot be posted through your letterbox, the carrier will leave you a note informing you of how to rearrange delivery or collect the products from a local depot. Redelivery of the product will be subject to the terms of the carrier.
6.5 When you become responsible for the product. The product will be your responsibility from the time we deliver the product to the address you gave us.
6.6 When you own goods. You own goods once we have received payment in full.
6.7 How long do I have to change my mind about a product? How long you have depends on what you have ordered and how it is delivered.
6.7.1 Have you bought digital content for download or streaming? If so, you have 14 days after the day we email you to confirm we accept your order, or, if earlier, until you start downloading or streaming. If we delivered the digital content to you immediately, and you agreed to this when ordering, you will not have a right to change your mind.6.7.2 Have you bought goods? If so you have 14 days after the day you (or someone you nominate) receive the goods.
6.8 When you don't have the right to change your mind. You do not have a right to change your mind in respect of:
6.8.1 digital products after you have started to download or stream these; or6.8.2 sealed audio or sealed video recordings or sealed computer software, once these products are unsealed after you receive them.
6.9 International Shipping. Orders shipped between countries may incur duties and taxes and additional fees levied by carriers or brokers to administer collection of said duties and taxes. For the avoidance of doubt payment of duties, taxes and any related carrier fees or costs is your responsibility. We will not be liable or responsible if you do not pay any such import duties or taxes.
7. If there is a problem with the product
7.1 How to tell us about problems. If you have any questions or complaints about the product, please contact us. You can telephone our customer service team at 0207864374 or write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and Customer Services, Ochre, Spectrum House, 32-34 Gordon House Road, London, NW5 1LP.
7.2 Summary of your legal rights. We are under a legal duty to supply products that are in conformity with this agreement. See the box below for a summary of your key legal rights in the UK in relation to the product. Nothing in these terms will affect your legal rights.
7.3 Returning products to us. If you cancel the order for any reason after products have been dispatched to you or you have received them, or if you wish to exercise your legal rights to reject products, you must post them back to us. Please email us at email@example.com or visit https://support.ochre.store/ for a return label. If you are exercising your right to change your mind you must send off the goods within 14 days of telling us you wish to cancel the order. You must use a service that can return the product to us in good condition. Please ensure that the return parcel is marked clearly with the wording “Return to supplier”
7.4 When we will pay the costs of return. We will pay the costs of return if the products are faulty or misdescribed. In all other circumstances (including where you are exercising your right to change your mind) you must pay the costs of return.
7.5 How we will refund you. Within 14 days of receipt of the goods (or, in the case of digital content, you telling us you have changed your mind), we will refund you the price you paid for the products including delivery costs, by the method you used for payment. However, we may make deductions from the price, if (where you are exercising your right to change your mind) the product is received in a damaged or used state.
7.6 When your refund will be made. We will make any refunds due to you as soon as possible. If you are exercising your right to change your mind then:
7.6.1 If the products are goods and we have not offered to collect them, your refund will be made within 14 days from the day on which we receive the product back from you or, if earlier, the day on which you provide us with evidence that you have sent the product back to us. For information about how to return a product to us, see clause 8.2; or7.6.2 In all other cases, your refund will be made within 14 days of your telling us you have changed your mind.
7.7 Downloads from other providers We are not responsible for the digital products and downloads provided in records as a download card or any other delivery method other than through the Ochre system. Including failed or corrupt downloads, incorrect redemption codes or discontinued or broken download services.
Summary of your key legal rights
This is a summary of your key legal rights under UK law. These are subject to certain exceptions. For detailed information please visit the Citizens Advice website www.adviceguide.org.uk or call 03454 04 05 06.
If your product is goods, for example, the Consumer Rights Act 2015 says goods must be as described, fit for purpose and of satisfactory quality. During the expected life of your product your legal rights entitle you to the following:
- up to 30 days: if your item is faulty, then you can get a refund.
- up to six months: if your faulty item can't be repaired or replaced, then you're entitled to a full refund, in most cases.
- up to six years: if the item can be expected to last up to six years you may be entitled to a repair or replacement, or, if that doesn't work, some of your money back.If your product is digital content, the Consumer Rights Act 2015 says digital content must be as described, fit for purpose and of satisfactory quality:
- if the fault can't be fixed within a reasonable time, or without causing you significant inconvenience, you can get some or all of your money back
- if you can show the fault has damaged your device and we haven't used reasonable care and skill, you may be entitled to a repair or compensation*
8. Price and payment
8.1 Where to find the price for the product. The price of the product (which includes applicable VAT) will be the price indicated on the order pages when you placed your order. We take all reasonable care to ensure that the price of the product advised to you is correct. However please see clause 9.3 for what happens if we discover an error in the price of the product you order.
8.2 What happens if we got the price wrong. It is always possible that, despite our efforts, some of the products we sell may be incorrectly priced. We will normally check prices before accepting your order so that, where the product's correct price at your order date is less than our stated price at your order date, we will charge the lower amount. If the product's correct price at your order date is higher than the price stated, we will contact you for your instructions before we accept your order. If we accept and process your order where a pricing error is obvious and unmistakeable and could reasonably have been recognised by you as a mispricing, we may end the agreement, refund you any sums you have paid and require the return of any goods provided to you.
8.3 When you must pay and how you must pay. We accept payment with [all major credit and debit cards]. When you must pay depends on what product you are buying:
8.3.1 For goods, you must pay for the products before we dispatch them.8.3.2 For digital content, you must pay for the products before you download them. For digital pre-orders, we will take payment when you place the order.8.4 What to do if you think an invoice is wrong. If you think an invoice is wrong please contact us promptly to let us know.
9. Our responsibility for loss or damage suffered by you
9.1 We are responsible to you for foreseeable loss and damage caused by us. If we fail to comply with these terms, we are responsible for loss or damage you suffer that is a foreseeable result of our breaking this agreement or our failing to use reasonable care and skill, but we are not responsible for any loss or damage that is not foreseeable. Loss or damage is foreseeable if either it is obvious that it will happen or if, at the time the agreement was made, both we and you knew it might happen, for example, if you discussed it with us during the sales process.
9.2 If defective digital content which we have supplied damages a device or digital content belonging to you and this is caused by our failure to use reasonable care and skill we will either repair the damage or pay you compensation. However, we will not be liable for damage which you could have avoided by following our advice to apply an update offered to you free of charge or for damage which was caused by you failing to correctly follow installation instructions or to have in place the minimum system requirements advised by us.
9.3 We are not liable for business losses. We only supply the products for domestic and private use. If you use the products for any commercial, business or re-sale purpose we will have no liability to you for any loss of profit, loss of business, business interruption, or loss of business opportunity.
10. How we may use your personal information
11. Other important terms
11.1 We may transfer this agreement to someone else. We may transfer our rights and obligations under these terms to another organisation. We will always tell you in writing if this happens and we will ensure that the transfer will not affect your rights under the agreement. If you are unhappy with the transfer you may contact us to end the agreement within 14 days of us telling you about it and we will refund you any payments you have made in advance for products not provided.
11.2 You need our consent to transfer your rights to someone else (except that you can always transfer our guarantee). You may only transfer your rights or your obligations under these terms to another person if we agree to this in writing.
11.3 Nobody else has any rights under this agreement. This agreement is between you and us. No other person shall have any rights to enforce any of its terms. Neither of us will need to get the agreement of any other person in order to end the agreement or make any changes to these terms.
11.4 If a court finds part of this agreement illegal, the rest will continue in force. Each of the paragraphs of these terms operates separately. If any court or relevant authority decides that any of them are unlawful, the remaining paragraphs will remain in full force and effect.
11.5 Even if we delay in enforcing this agreement, we can still enforce it later. If we do not insist immediately that you do anything you are required to do under these terms, or if we delay in taking steps against you in respect of your breaking this agreement, that will not mean that you do not have to do those things and it will not prevent us taking steps against you at a later date. For example, if you miss a payment and we do not chase you but we continue to provide the products, we can still require you to make the payment at a later date.
11.6 Which laws apply to this agreement and where you may bring legal proceedings. These terms are governed by English law and you can bring legal proceedings in respect of the products in the English courts. If you live in Scotland you can bring legal proceedings in respect of the products in either the Scottish or the English courts. If you live in Northern Ireland you can bring legal proceedings in respect of the products in either
section1 is a newly launched label in partnership with Partisan. section1 is the brainchild of Brontë Jane (VP of A&R at Third Side Music) alongside Chris Robbins and Tom Wironen of Friendly Announcer management (Big Thief, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Westerman, etc). Hildegard will be the first release on section1; more news on additional section1 releases to be announced soon.
Partisan Records is a member of Knitting Factory Entertainment. Knitting Factory Records is its sister label and the same team are responsible for releasing its catalogue and new titles.