Park City-based singer and songwriter Wyatt Pike unleashes a ‘Brand New Boy’
On May 1, nearly a month and a half since Park City High School graduate Wyatt Pike released his debut single “Best for You,” the singer-songwriter will release his first EP, “Brand New Boy.”
Pike said he’s looking forward to having people hear the album, which can be preordered now at ffm.to/brandnewboy.
“It’s nerve wracking but exciting, because I think I’ve been pretty sealed off of showing what I actually feel by putting on a face to fit any given scenario I’m in,” he said. “With these five songs, I decided to write exactly what I’m thinking, exactly what I’m feeling with the least amount of filter as possible.”
In addition to “Best for You,” which Pike wrote about his sister, the other songs include “Friday Nights,” “Because of Me,” “Voicemail” and “Deeper into Love.”
With the exception of “Best for You,” the other songs were written within the past eight months, Pike said.
“I think the songs narrate my entire life pretty well, even though they are based on experiences that have happened in the last year,” he said. “The themes are pretty consistent and make up a picture of me.”
“Friday Nights” is about Pike’s senior year of high school.
“It is about how I was coming to terms with my anxiety and not wanting to do things with my friends,” he said. “That’s something I’ve struggled with my whole life.”
“Because of Me” and “Voicemail” draw from relationships, Pike said.
“I try not to write too many love songs, but the songs are about screwing something up and trying to piece things back together,” he said.
Pike wrote “Deeper into Love” two days before he entered the studio because he needed one more song for the album.
“I thought I was writing about someone else for someone else, but I realized halfway through the writing that the ‘You’ in the lyrics flips back and forth between me and the other person I was writing about,” he said.
The song also provided the title of the EP, Pike said.
“The lyrics end with ‘…happy as this brand new boy,’ and when I wrote them, I knew that’s what the record would be called,” he said.
Pike started recording scratch tracks of the songs in his room before heading to Pale Horse Sound, a recording studio in Sugar House, on Feb. 5, when he began tracking the instruments.
“We started with the drums, and then added other instruments on each of the following days,” he said. “We continued with bass and guitar and I did the vocals last.”
Pike also recruited his friends, keyboardist Will Sanger of the local band Sundog Sky, and saxophonist Zane Peterson, to lay down some tracks the day he did vocals.
“Will played piano on a few songs and Zane played alto and tenor sax,” Pike said.
Greg Downs, the owner of Pale Horse Sound, produced and mixed the album in March, according to Pike.
“Greg has all the best gear and best ears to make great records,” he said.
Pike met Downs through a Salt Lake City-based band called Back Seat Lovers.
“I had played bass with the band and they recorded their album at the Pale Horse,” Pike said. “We also played a show there, and that’s how I met Greg.”
In addition to the music, Pike had some promotional help from photographers Blake Bekken, Steven Vargo and Jack Parke, who coordinated a series of photoshoots in March, just before the Summit County Health Department announced the COVID-19 shutdown.
Pike, who said he plans to make physical copies of the EP in the next few months, is grateful for Park City’s support with his music.
“I was overwhelmed with the reaction I got with the ‘Best for You,’ so to have four additional songs that complements that song is exciting for me, and hopefully for listeners,” he said.
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