Ian Abel released his newest single, “All I Want Is You,” a devilish and disorienting love song just in time for the world’s #shotgirlsummer hangover.
“All I Want Is You” is a chaotic, unexpected mashup of genres and references: Abel’s sultry, soulful vocals are layered over a funk bassline, 80s synthesizers, distorted rock guitars, and background vocals inspired by Steely Dan and David Bowie... all folded into a twistingly dark synth-pop confection.
“I wanted to write something you could listen to over and over and keep discovering new sounds, layers, and meanings,” says Abel. “More than that, though, I wanted to capture the feeling of out-of-control, delusional obsession. I really relate to that feeling [chuckle].”
Underlying the track is its demented queer narrative, which is expanded upon in Abel’s irreverent DIY lyric video, where he messages the lyrics to anonymous, faceless men on the gay dating app Grindr.
“All those headless torsos on the apps are such teases,” remarked Ian. “Why not have a little fun and tease them back?”
Ian Abel (pronounced “able”) is, at the bottom of it all, a queer comic book nerd with a heart of gold. With an oh-so-smooth velvety voice and sensual, psychedelic electro-pop arrangements, he’s like if Sam Smith met Robyn or Jessie Ware met James Blake, all with a side of Peter Gabriel. He’s not just your standard indie voice.
For well over a decade, Ian has been an artist and performer. He has performed around the world and with greats like Nile Rodgers, Jimmy Fallon, and the SNL band. He has sung onstage at Carnegie Hall, on Chinese national television, and in festivals in Sun Valley, New York, and Edinburgh. Currently, Ian resides in New York City, where he hopes to get back to performing live soon.
He released his debut EP “Icarus” in 2016, and his songs and videos have been featured on Howl & Echoes, Wolf In a Suit, Clout, Indietronica, Milk Crater, Mystic Sons, and Spotify’s Fresh Finds