Friend Roulette Announces New EP, Stream "Joan" via Stereogum

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Friend Roulette Announces New EP
The Matt Sheffer Songbook, Vol. 1, out June 16th 

Stream New Single "Joan" via Stereogum

Brooklyn's Friend Roulette has announced a new EP, The Matt Sheffer Songbook, Vol. 1, due out June 16th via Pretty Purgatory. A follow-up to 2015's I See You. Your Eyes Are Red, the upcoming EP -- like the band's previous releases -- features lush layers of instrumentation that includes violin, bass clarinet, synths, and the soulful vocal stylings of singer Julia Tepper. For a first taste of the EP, you can stream lead single "Joan" where it premiered with Stereogum or on Soundcloud.
Though the band already has an impressive number of releases under its belt, their latest has the most unique backstory: its songs were originally written a decade ago by prolific psych-pop recluse Matt Sheffer.

Before Friend Roulette had even formed, its members were all friends with Sheffer, a Brooklyn-via-Houston musician with a powerful voice and compositional brilliance. He would stay in his apartment for days at a time, churning out one masterpiece after another, but he was his own harshest critic. Shortly after recording a collection of songs, he would inevitably decide that they weren't good enough, scrapping everything and starting from scratch. Though he eventually moved to Austin and formed a band, Sheffer's solo work never saw the light of day.

In 2016, Friend Roulette decided that they had a responsibility to resurrect some of Sheffer's old songs as an act of preservation. They rearranged his material to suit their own ensemble and recorded The Matt Sheffer Songbook, Vol. 1: a tribute to a talented friend and his strange body of music, without which, Friend Roulette would likely not exist. 

Friend Roulette will tour next month in support of their new release, playing an EP release show at Brooklyn's Silent Barn on June 15th. See below for all upcoming dates.

Friend Roulette on Tour:
6/10 - Richmond, VA @ Good Day RVA
6/11 - Baltimore, MD @ Bun Shop
6/12 - Washington, DC @ TBA
6/13 - Harrisonburg, VA @ The Golden Pony
6/14 - Jersey City, NJ @ The Jax
6/15 - Brooklyn, NY @ The Silent Barn (EP release show w/ gobbinjr, Woodpainting)
6/16 - Northampton, MA @ TBA
6/17 - Kittery, MA @ Foreside Music Festival (daytime)
6/17 - Portland, ME @ TBA (evening)