Jazz prodigy-turned-soundtrack guru, Nick Rosen, also known as SLOANE, is exclusively premiering his new single + music video for “Good At Pretending” today via Variance Magazine. Give it a watch here.
“Good At Pretending” features friend and collaborator, Perry Bancs, and comes off of SLOANE’s debut EP, Too Young To Be Lonely, due out later this year via Atoned Music, and follows the release of the title track, “In My Head,” and “Down From Here,” which debuted in May, June, and July respectively.
On his fourth single, Rosen shares, “I like to make up narratives in my head about situations and people and sometimes these narratives can run away from me and take on lives of their own. Sometimes I find it hard to be present and really deal with the realities of situations or relationships. This song is about becoming so good at pretending things are a way that can feel easier to deal with because reality can be too harsh.”
On the collaboration, Rosen continues, “Perry Bancs is one of my best friends and co-wrote/vocal produced my whole EP, which features this song. Perry is one of my favorite people/artists/writers who always pulls the best out of me and any artist that he works with. He just released his debut single last month ‘All Okay’ and I have been playing it non-stop; honored to have Perry on this song with me and stoked for much more from him coming up.”
A self-described L.A. gutter punk in his youth, Rosen discovered jazz as a teenager and began devoting his every waking moment to the bass. Before even graduating high school, he was making national headlines for helping resurrect the career of jazz legend Henry Grimes, who’d been thought dead for decades, and generating serious waves around Los Angeles for his performances with luminaries like Bennie Maupin, Arthur Blythe, and Nels Cline.