Photo by Pooneh Ghana
Last year, Austin’s Roger Sellers took on the name Bayonne, but it’s not a reinvention so much as a refinement. Sellers plans to keep his more folk-influenced work under his given name, while Bayonne will house his electronic music. He just re-released his 2014 album Primitives under the Bayonne banner, and it deserves a much wider audience. Primitives is one of my favorite local albums of the past few years, something you can alternately get lost in on headphones or put on at a party and enjoy.
There’s a real warmth to Bayonne’s songs. They’re constructed around looped phrases of piano, guitar, and synths, gradually building into big, bold climaxes. Watching Bayonne do it all live is, frankly, awesome. We’re excited to have him back in Studio 1A on Tuesday, April 5 at 8:30 p.m. In the meantime, listen to the bright, buzzing “Appeals” below.