BOOTSTRAPS RELEASES “WHENEVER YOU’RE AROUND” FROM HIS FORTHCOMING ALBUM DEMO LOVE OUT 10/18
“He sings with a beautifully hollowed out purpose, seemingly reminding, or taunting us, that there really might not be a tomorrow, but you've got a fat sack of yesterdays that you could spend all of your time on -- contemplating, dealing with, processing until they're worn soft.” –Paste Magazine
Los Angeles based artist Bootstraps has released “Whenever You’re Around” the second single from his third full-length album Demo Love out October 18th via HyperExtension and available for pre-order HERE.
This is the follow up single to “Evergreen,” a song that Buzzbands called “an astral but oh-so-lovelorn meditation on the seemingly futile pursuit of stability,” and Melodic Magazine said, “is a haunting tune that will give you chills when you listen to it, much like most of his stellar music.”
“Evergreen’ is an emotive, sublime track. We’ve been big fans of Bootstraps work, some of which you’ve probably definitely heard.” - Born Music
“Whenever You’re Around” was written very quickly after a night out with an old friend. It’s about time and connection, and those relationships that become distant, but when you are together it is like no time has gone by at all. “A lot of distance, time and things unspoken made the song come very quickly,” says Jordan Beckett who writes and records as Bootstraps. The fact it was so easy for Beckett to write, his initial reaction was that the song was terrible. But sitting with it more it started to really resonate, so much so that he decided it should be a single.
When working on writing the rest of the album, Jordan Beckett, who writes and records as Bootstraps, was fascinated by the dichotomy of the word Demo,” which can mean to demonstrate or to demolish. Getting ‘demo love’ is also a music expression where you can’t let go of a song’s original version ‘the demo’ and you love it so much you can’t see or hear a new take. These contrasting ideas are all thematically woven throughout the album Demo Love.
Beckett grew up in the fertile Portland music scene, spending his teen years going to Elliott Smith, Death Cab For Cutie and Modest Mouse shows - which resonates throughout his music. A friend gave him Lucinda Williams’ Car Wheels On A Gravel Road, which changed the way he thought about songwriting and is an album he still credits as being a heavy influence on his writing style. Music was not always Beckett’s true calling. He was a college baseball star, but an injury sidelined him, and any future he had in sports. He refocused that time and energy from sports into learning guitar and honing in on his songwriting, using the rich musical and geographical landscape of the Pacific Northwest as a jumping-off point.
His music gained attention quickly from numerous placements in film and TV that include shows like Suits, Supergirl, Parenthood, MacGyver, Grey's Anatomy, Elementary, and films such as Power Rangers, as well as features in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. Beckett also wrote the entire soundtrack to the film Take Me Home, which won ‘Best Music’ at the Nashville Film Festival. His music has been streamed over 25 million times and Shazamed over 1 Million times. Bootstraps also found a fan in Taylor Swift. His song “Replica” is featured on the Songs Taylor Loves Spotify Playlist. The success and power of his songwriting led to touring with Mumford and Sons’ Ben Lovett on the Communion Tour.
“Demo Love is the perfect fall album full of songs to listen to that will make you feel at ease. Bootstraps is quickly making a name for himself and you definitely don’t want to miss out on the amazing journey and everything that Jordan Beckett has to offer!” - Melodic Magazine
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