“It’s about wanting to escape,” explains Nashville indie rocker Charlie Abbott of his bright new song, “Technicolor Dream,” the lead single and title track from his forthcoming EP, set for release in March. The five-song Technicolor Dream was recorded in only a day and half, and is the follow-up to 2015’s self-released EP, Watch Me Explode—four crowd-pleasing tunes that garnered television show placements and frequent rotation from local independent radio champion Lightning 100.
Abbott spent a majority of last year on the road, touring with local rock outfit Oliver John-Rodgers, who provided opening support for artists like the incomparable Grace Potter. Now, he is finally home, and is gearing up to release more of his catchy brand of shimmering rock n’ roll. “Writing has become easy again,” he reveals. “I feel focused and balanced. It’s fun, and that’s the way it’s supposed to be.”
Interestingly, the album’s artwork features a rendering of a large technicolor pineapple. “I kept seeing pineapples everywhere, and I discovered that pineapples are given as a greeting in Hawaii, like ‘Hello, nice to meet you, I respect your spirit, here’s a pineapple,’” he says with a laugh. “I really liked that, and it’s what the EP is, my proverbial pineapple to the listeners.”
If this first taste is any indication of what’s to come, we’re in for a sweet ride. Without further ado, East of 8th presents “Technicolor Dream” by Charlie Abbott: