Penguin Prison Lost In New York on LP
On Lost In New York, the new full-length album from producer/singer-songwriter/DJ Penguin Prison (aka Christopher Glover) the hustle and bustle of the city comes alive. From the vintage glam of NYC’s storied disco heyday, all the way through to the bohemian rhapsody of modern Brooklyn, Lost In New York is a cultural time-capsule dedicated to the greatest city on the planet as told via Glover’s intimate storytelling and personal brand of electropop.
The presence and energy of the city are undeniable on Lost In New York, Glover’s love letter to his home, his muse, and the main character in his album’s story arch. But bubbling beneath the surface of this urban romance is the sense of bewilderment and disorientation that even native New Yorkers sometimes feel. “I was born and raised in New York, and it’s always been seen as a place for creative misfits to find their place amongst each other,” says Glover. “But I’ve seen it change before my eyes into a playground for the one percent… I sometimes feel lost in the city I was born.”
It’s a theme Glover holds near and dear to his heart and best heard on album track “Calling Out,” the first single off Lost In New York. Written with electronic production duo Oliver, the song features children’s shouts, distorted guitars, and punctuated vintage synths reminiscent of classic Hall & Oates. “The song is about not knowing which direction to go, but somehow always coming back to that one person who has been there for you the whole time,” says Glover. In the case of “Calling Out,” whether person or place, Glover finds solace in song, and his emotion-driven vocals are proof.
In “Show Me The Way,” written with fellow producer RAC, Glover continues the theme. The song’s title and heartfelt lyrics bear it all: “Sometimes I just want someone to tell me where to go and what I should do,” says Glover. Written in one day at RAC’s studio in Portland, the passionate and punchy “Show Me The Way” takes the best elements of electronic, dance, and rock and effortlessly blends them, making listeners dance one minute and jump in the mosh pit the next.
On “Never Gets Old,” a collaboration with electronic act MNDR, Glover celebrates all things vintage and declares his mistrust of blindly following the latest trends. “The brand new thing isn’t always better than what you’ve been using for many years,” says Glover about the track. “This song is dedicated to everything that never goes out of style, that you can do a million times and never get tired of.”
The next movement in the Penguin Prison framework, Lost In New York is where Glover finds himself through new and old inspirations and reaches a new artistic phase.
"Hits all the pop pleasure centers." - SPIN
Penguin Prison Lost In New York Track Listing:
1. Try To Lose
2. Show Me The Way
3. Never Gets Old
4. Calling Out
5. Caught In A Daze
6. Don't Tell Me How It Ends
7. Stop Moving
8. Laughing At The Floor
9. Run It Up
10. Sit Down
11. In The Woods