Lontalius – aka Eddie Johnston – has shared his first new music in more than two years.
‘I Wanted Him’ and ‘That Includes You’ are the first fruits of the Wellington singer-songwriter’s sessions in Los Angeles with producer Om’Mas Keith, who has worked with the likes of Frank Ocean and Jay Z.
The pair has been working on Lontalius’s follow-up to his critically acclaimed 2016 debut I’ll Forget 17.
“I started these songs with Om’Mas in Hollywood,” Lontalius says of the collaboration. “I’d dreamt of working with a great producer in a Hollywood studio for years, but I wasn’t exactly sure what I wanted to get out of it. Om’Mas introduced me to this world in a careful and loving way. He wasn’t there to coach me or make me into something; he heard my voice and he lent me his.
“I’ve worked on a whole bunch of music since then, on my own and with new friends. I’ve been trying to challenge myself to be more vulnerable, but to also find a confidence that I didn’t have before.”