Suzy & the Lifeguard

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Project Description

Suzy & the Lifeguard lures her listeners into a sci-fi dream world immersed in lagoons of swampy jazz and shimmering 1960’s psychedelic pop. Her iridescent lounge-infused vocals are a siren’s call beckoning to a world where all the senses come alive, inspired and reawakened.

Suzy Paradise created Suzy & the Lifeguard as an alter-ego multi-media music project. Award-winning songwriter, producer, and recording artist Bleu McAuley (Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, Michelle Branch) co-wrote and produced the self-titled debut EP released in 2015. In 2016, she was nominated in the 14th Annual International Music Awards for “Best Jazz Song with Vocals.” 

In 2020 Suzy & the Lifeguard is set to release the record, ANIMA, produced by Grammy award-winning recording and mix engineer, Phil Joly (Patti Smith, Lana Del Rey, Daft Punk). While the self-titled EP flourished in tropical island breeziness, ANIMA, embarks on a shadowed journey of neon nightlife and moody ambiance.  Recorded in Kauai at a friend’s chocolate farm/music studio, Paradise says, “It’s vibier than the last record. It’s a bit darker overall, but it’s also still silly and fun. I feel like it’s an honest reflection of not only what I have experienced in the last five years but also the fun and magical space we were in.” 

RELEASES

“NOW”
Release Date: January 27, 2020
NOW

“‘NOW’ is a psychedelic power pop anthem that could be a good candidate for your 2020 theme song.” – Glamglare

On Suzy & the Lifeguard’s new single, “NOW”, iridescent lounge-infused vocals beckon to a world where all the senses come alive, inspired and reawakened. Instrumentals crackle amongst a sunset glow as day succumbs to night in an effervescent beat. “NOW” will be released on January 27. It’s off the EP, ANIMA, produced by Grammy award-winning recording and mix engineer, Phil Joly (Patti Smith, Lana Del Rey, Daft Punk). Read more here.

“Take it Slow”
Release Date: 2/24/20
Take it Slow Single Artwork

“With tremolo guitars, Paradise’s honey-esque vocals and colorful horns all layered over lo-fi drums, you start to see what Paradise is talking about when she refers to smoky, psychedelic jazz lagoons.” – American Songwriter

On Suzy & the Lifeguard’s new single, “Take it Slow”, Paradise’s sultry vocals tease the dark corners with a flirty embrace, while horns elicit visions of a forbidden romance. “Take it Slow” will be released on February 24. It’s off the EP, ANIMA, produced by Grammy award-winning recording and mix engineer, Phil Joly (Patti Smith, Lana Del Rey, Daft Punk).

“Take it Slow” tantalizes the senses, prickling and puncturing in waves of seduction, while allure and regret perform a slow tango. It’s the dichotomy between desiring love and succumbing to lust. Paradise enchantingly beckons, “ We both say we’ll take it slow / As I am taking you back home.” Passion falls prey to remorse as she sings, “Nobody wins when we play games. “ Read more

Bio

Suzy & the Lifeguard lures her listeners into a sci-fi dream world immersed in lagoons of swampy jazz and shimmering 1960’s psychedelic pop. Her iridescent lounge-infused vocals are a siren’s call beckoning to a world where all the senses come alive, inspired and reawakened.

Suzy Paradise created Suzy & the Lifeguard as an alter-ego multi-media music project. Award-winning songwriter, producer, and recording artist Bleu McAuley (Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, Michelle Branch) co-wrote and produced the self-titled debut EP released in 2015. In 2016, she was nominated in the 14th Annual International Music Awards for “Best Jazz Song with Vocals.” 

In 2020 Suzy & the Lifeguard is set to release the record, ANIMA, produced by Grammy award-winning recording and mix engineer, Phil Joly (Patti Smith, Lana Del Rey, Daft Punk). While the self-titled EP flourished in tropical island breeziness, ANIMA, embarks on a shadowed journey of neon nightlife and moody ambiance.  Recorded in Kauai at a friend’s chocolate farm/music studio, Paradise says, “It’s vibier than the last record. It’s a bit darker overall, but it’s also still silly and fun. I feel like it’s an honest reflection of not only what I have experienced in the last five years but also the fun and magical space we were in.” 

A self-empowering narrative evoking Joseph Campbell’s A Hero’s Journey, Suzy & the Lifeguard tells the story of Suzy,  a girl cascading from internal enslavement to wielding independence. Lost and washed up on shore, away from a world where stars sequin the cavernous skies, Suzy calls out to The Lifeguard to save her, only to be answered by ocean waves taunting in their gentle murmur. Gathering her strength she sets off on an adventure of self-reliance to discover she is her own lifeguard. She is the answer to her calling. The alter-ego, Suzy & the Lifeguard, and her “only you can save yourself” mantra emerge.

Suzy’s life mirrors the aquatic quality of her creator, Suzy Paradise, whose seaside homes throughout her life created the flow necessary to create her current multi-dimensional project, Suzy & the Lifeguard. Originally from Florida’s gulf coast, Paradise also found coastal refuge in Hawaii, San Diego and currently Santa Monica.

It’s this setting that allows SATL to fuse together reality and fantasy in an elixir for the senses.  An Andy Kaufman style campiness transfuses the visual representations in videos like  “The Way Back”  and “Casanova”. The upcoming record, ANIMA, picks up on that story, introducing villains that signify the voices in her head.  Paradise envisions a multi-platform franchise where the musically driven sci-fi superhero tale leads to live-action, anime, video games, and graphic novels all exploring the story. 

Fully embracing the “only you can save yourself” mantra, Paradise funded the release by assisting creatives including Andrew Garfield, Sarah Silverman, and Andrea Arnold (Big Little Lies 2). She also worked behind the screen on “Battle of the Sexes”(Fox Searchlight), “JOY”(Fox 2000),  “Black Mirror”(Netflix), and “Masterminds” (Relativity).

Suzy & the Lifeguard will release ANIMA on May 1, 2020.

“With tremolo guitars, Paradise’s honey-esque vocals and colorful horns all layered over lo-fi drums, you start to see what Paradise is talking about when she refers to smoky, psychedelic jazz lagoons.”

Joe Vitagliano, American Songwriter
Uranium Waves

“Her silky voice brings out the hopeful romantic in all of us.”

Beehive Candy

“…a song that twists and turns between melodic and refined pop to a more rocky psychedelic feel as it works wonders.”

“Suzy & the Lifeguard is an artist who never disappoints, she’s revolutionary.”

glamglare

“‘NOW’ is a psychedelic power pop anthem that could be a good candidate for your 2020 theme song.” – Glamglare

Oliver Bouchard, Glamglare

” I adore the tempo changes, the sizzling vocal energy and that brilliant chorus.”

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