Today, the Hawaiian-born, Long Beach-based songwriter Lionel Boy shares the official music video to “Mango Michelada,” artfully laid-back track off his debut, self-titled album, which is out now via Innovative Leisure. The song is accompanied by documentary-style visuals, shot by Casey Liu and Lionel.
“‘Mango Michelada’ was made during two short months right before the pandemic between me, my friend Jacqueline and my girlfriend Casey” notes Lionel Boy. “The opening lines of this song, “Mango Michelada with Clamato…” were just words Jacqueline started reading off her beer can during mic check. Besides that one line and the title, the song really has nothing to do with the beverage. It’s a random title for a song we wrote during the oddest year of our lives.”
“We wanted the music video to convey the same emotions we were all collectively feeling last year”, Lionel Boy continues, “From being cooped up in a small studio space drinking mango micheladas to being holed up at home during quarantine. Casey grabbed our vx camera and we all took turns driving around San Pedro and Long Beach, cooped up in Jacqueline’s car.”
Lionel Boy is out now via Innovative Leisure. Lionel Boy’s sound mixes spacey synthesizers, impromptu breakbeats & bedroom pop. The airy, jazz-cracked, electronic pop of Lionel Boy belies a wistful romanticism, a careful observational streak, and a meditative fixation on life and death. Lionel Boy is soulful and easy-going, both introspective and laissez faire, extremely mellow but never soft-headed.