Salty Eggs last checked in with local act Teepee at the beginning of July, when the face and voice of the band, Erix S. Laurent, was emerging from a cocoon of sorts. After building a buzz in the Miami underground as an experimental, but melodic one-man band, Laurent disappeared into the lab. Giving up on the live-performance grind completely, he dedicated the next two years to expanding the Teepee sound, only to reappear earlier this year in a new musical incarnation, backed by a full band.
The semi-official debut of that new formation, which includes friend and producer Albert Ovadia and the two members of Deaf Poets in the lineup, came at Green Room earlier this month. Now, as a follow-up, Laurent and company have released a new 7-inch, Time Meant Nothing, a two-track effort that largely does away with the old, lo-fi Teepee sound. Instead, there’s an almost orchestral feel, now, to the music, which also manages to sound introspective and sunny at the same time.
Notably, though, both the 7-inch has been self-released, as the forthcoming new Teepee full-length will be, on a new label helmed by Laurent, Ovadia, and friend Andrew McLees. Dubbed Revera Corporation, so far, the only act on the imprint is Teepee itself.
“We don’t see it as an ‘Independent Label;’ we see it as a self-releasing label at the moment,” says Laurent. “So far it’s been an amazing experience to self-release. Learning about the business and marketing side of things is so fascinating to me. It’s an important tool to have nowadays, especially if you’re an artist. Doing it yourself elevates awareness and understanding of how things work, and seeing it produce results is mind-blowing and extremely gratifying to me.”
To try before you buy, listen to the title track from Time Meant Nothing below, and visit Teepee’s web-site to buy a limited-edition physical copy.