Look Park – “Aeroplane” (Stereogum Premiere)

Fountains Of Wayne haven’t put out a new album since 2011’s Sky Full Of Holes, but that doesn’t mean the musicians of “Stacy’s Mom” fame haven’t been busy at work. In fact, Fountains Of Wayne founder and frontman Chris Collingwood has been working on solo material under the name Look Park, and his debut album is coming 7/22.

“Aeroplane” is the album’s lead single. It’s a whimsical, melodic track that whisks the listener away, reflecting on where Collingwood’s been and where he’s going. Following a standard pop-rock structure, the song leads into a dynamic chorus that has the power to levitate you. Strings, twinkling piano, romantic acoustic guitar, and classic electric guitar weave together beneath the lyrical introspection. While Collingwood sings, “Aeroplane, I am already in you/ Do you wonder where I’ve been, where I’m going to, do you wonder how the soul survives?” he questions his past, present, and future, but hands us a first class ticket onto his latest venture.

Some words from Collingwood:

I’ve written about travel for as long as I’ve been writing songs – it’s a compelling subject as well as a convenient metaphor for all kinds of things. In “Aeroplane” I was trying to describe the surreal, cocoon-like experience of being on a long flight, surrounded by strangers yet somehow completely sealed off.

Prepare for liftoff and press play below.

Look Park is out 7/22 on Yep Roc. Pre-order it here.