AWOLNATION Showcase Healing Powers of Music in Conversation with ‘MY ECHO, MY SHADOW, MY COVERS AND ME’ Guest Musician Elohim in Collaboration with The Jed Foundation (JED)
CONVERSATION AIRED THURSDAY, MAY 26 AT 5:00 PM PT / 8:00 PM ET
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Diamond-selling alternative act AWOLNATION’s most recent release—a covers and collaborations album, MY ECHO, MY SHADOW, MY COVERS AND ME—was released via Better Noise Music earlier this month with the aim to illustrate the healing power of music and to celebrate the collaborative spirit of the artistic community. AWOLNATION founder Aaron Bruno crafted each of the album’s 11 tracks on songs that have influenced his life and reimagined each with at least one acclaimed musical artist with whom shares a personal connection.
To align with May being National Mental Health Awareness month, Bruno has formed a collaboration with The Jed Foundation (JED), a leading mental health nonprofit, to share a one-on-one conversation with one of the album’s guests—DJ, producer and singer-songwriter Elohim—on mental health, music and their collaborative cover of Harvey Danger’s 1997 single “Flagpole Sitta.” Bruno commented: “This song directly tackles mental health and it was Elohim’s idea originally. She is very knowledgeable and passionate about mental health awareness and advocacy, and she is one of my best friends.”
The conversation was simulcast on AWOLNATION, Elohim, and JED’s YouTube and Instagram pages on Thursday, May 26 at 8 pm ET / 5 pm PT. Tune in to the replay!
The talk is part of Bruno’s ongoing commitment to raising awareness for mental health throughout the album’s release. Bruno is also making a generous donation to JED’s mental health awareness efforts.
MY ECHO, MY SHADOW, MY COVERS AND ME is available to stream and download across all platforms and variants here.
Since its formation by multi-talented musician and songwriter Aaron Bruno in 2010, AWOLNATION has redefined alternative music. With multiple radio hits at the alternative format, including 8 Top Fives and 2 Number Ones, the act has inarguably already made a permanent mark, not just in their genre, but across modern music. Most notably, the chart-topping, record-breaking, diamond-certified track “Sail” created a reference soundscape for a myriad of hits in the last decade. That song launched a career that already spans four albums. Megalithic Symphony, the platinum debut LP that also produced the gold certified “Not Your Fault” and two other Top 10 US singles. Sophomore album Run arrived in 2015, and the follow-up, Here Come The Runts, came in 2018. Then entering a creative partnership with current label Better Noise music, the band’s fourth full-length album, ANGEL MINERS & THE LIGHTNING RIDERS, featuring the hit single “The Best,” was released on April 24, 2020, and features collaborations with Rivers Cuomo of Weezer and Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros. In their positive review of the project, AllMusic calls it, “an energetic, fun, and compulsively listenable set that distills the best of what AWOLNATION can do: making pop-savvy, dance-friendly, alternative rock anthems that are not bound to traditional genre conventions.”
That boundary breaking of genres continued in Bruno’s creative calling, even more so as the world shut down in 2020. While quarantining, Bruno had the idea to celebrate music unapologetically with a team of talented friends – new and old. The result is the upcoming album My Echo, My Shadow, My Covers and Me, a collection of unexpected yet passionately crafted covers and collaborations. Launched with the first single in January 2022, a powerful rendition of “Winds of Change,” featuring Portugal the Man and Brandon Boyd of Incubus, the project offers a sonic experience that takes listeners inward on a retrospective journey and outward on a collective celebration. The homage paid to each song’s original artist is just as fun to dive into as the mutual respect heard in every note from both AWOLNATION and guests.