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No Regular Play's New Album, ‘Can’t You See,’ Is About Coping with the Loss of a Loved One

Its first single, “Lake Gilmore,” runs deep with nostalgia.
Photo by David Terranova

In 2014, Grammy award-winning composer Stephen Paulus died from medical complications of a stroke. Somewhere along the grieving process, his son Gregory—half of Brooklyn duo No Regular Play, alongside Nicholas DeBruyn—found sound in sorrow, and thus, NRP's second album, Can't You See, was born.

The full-length feature, due out on August 5 via Soul Clap and Wolf + Lamb's Crew Love Records, follows the pair's 2012 debut album, Endangered Species. The lead single off Can't You See, "Lake Gilmore," is a visceral example of the nostalgia on display. According to the duo, the track title refers to a lake in Wisconsin where the Paulus family spent their summers, and the melody—played on Stephen's prized Steinway grand piano—borrows from a chord that he often used in his music. Communicating with bleating horns and piano keys dripping in sorrow, No Regular Play's emotions spill onto the dancefloor with lyrics such as, "You taught me everything I know / You taught me how to steal the show / You showed me the clear way to go… Without you, I don't know what to do…"

Listen to it below, along with a remixed version from Juan MacLean, ahead of its single release tomorrow (June 24). Catch No Regular Play live this summer on The Love Train Tour, including a New York date on Sunday, July 3, at La Marina.