Release Date 11/12/2021
With Smothered, Oberhofer fashions songs from the sparks of his own creative perseverance, through personal tragedy, professional uncertainty, and existential crises. He imprinted the anxiety, depression, and darkness of a two-year whirlwind upon tense dream-pop underpinned by wistful crescendos, harmonies straight-out-of-the-fifties, and soundtrack-worthy synth transmissions. The album features Teddy Geiger, Shamir and Nick Valensi of The Strokes. Additional performers include King Princess on “Dreaming Of U”, Jónsi on “All I Want”, and Girlpool on “Miss Yr Face”. The album follows a number of recent collaborations including co-writing fan favorite “4Runner” from Rostam’s latest LP, which Pitchfork called the “ecstatic peak” and Rolling Stone called “thrilling”.
Composer, producer, and musician Brad Oberhofer carved out his own milieu with Time Capsules II (2012) and Chronovision (2015). Turning heads, he garnered critical acclaim. Oberhofer has toured with Sleigh Bells, Beach House, and Matt & Kim and enchanted audiences at Coachella, Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, SXSW, and The Late Show with David Letterman. After years of touring with his band, producing music and landing dozens of synch placements, Oberhofer has also established himself as an in-demand composer for film, television and advertisements, as well as performing as an instrumentalist on recordings by the likes of Katy Perry, King Princess, Moses Sumney, Amber Mark and others.