Today, we are premiering LA-based pop artist Lostboycrow’s official video for his new single “Since The Day I Was Born” off his upcoming, debut full-length album Santa Fe. The track serves as a byproduct of Lostboycrow’s writing retreat in Santa Fe, NM this year.
“I returned with the majority of the album outlined and knew where I wanted it to live conceptually, so the song became a retrospective anthem for the place I had been writing from in Santa Fe. Exploring that peaceful disregard of the future uncertainty with gratitude for the past and where it has gathered me now with those I love.”
“There is much to learn when we are young and new, but I believe there is even more to unlearn by the time we get around to looking back,” Lostboycrow said explained about his childhood in a recent interview with Flaunt Magazine. “My childhood is a place where my imagination runs free to this day. The truest sense of wonder has always brought me to the most wonderful places and people. I like to write about them from my place of wonderment.”
All Photography by Samantha Sheldon
Under the shadow of national treasures a la the Puye Cliff Dwellings and Acoma Sky City, Santa Fe, NM remains steeped in a cross-section of American frontier lore. Not to mention, its vibrant arts scene would be home to the likes of Georgia O’Keeffe, among many others. Rife with natural creative energy and endless high desert inspiration, this magical little town served as the backdrop for Lostboycrow’s 2018 full-length debut, Santa Fe [RED Music]. It closes one chapter and opens another for the artist born Chris Blair. At the onset of his touring career in 2011, New Mexico welcomed him with open arms at cozy coffee houses. Even further back, the first song he performed live in high school would be “Santa Fe” from the musical Newsies.
This confluence of serendipity inspired him to rent an Airbnb alongside a bunch of friends in January 2018 and create the album…
“I was already in love with the people and energy of New Mexico, and Santa Fe is so beautiful,” he admits. “When it came time to do this record, I’d been longing to get back to my roots as a songwriter, building tunes on the acoustic guitar and being involved in every note, chord, line, lyric, and melody. I pivoted towards that. I got to go back to this place with a lot of new experiences. It became this meeting place between ‘then’ and ‘now’. That’s what the album is about. Santa Fe is a vehicle of exploring gratitude for where I am, who I am, and how I came to be Lostboycrow and ultimately do what I’m doing.”
The years since he first hosted those intimate gigs in Albuquerque set the stage for such transformation in the high desert. Revered for his rapturous voice, off-kilter R&B panache, pure alternative perception, and airtight songwriting, Lostboycrow emerged as the ultimate pop enigma.