Take what you think when you hear the words “do it yourself” and throw it all out the nearest window. S.J. Armstrong is here to play with expectations and forge ahead with a genre of his own: “apartment folk”. In his latest track, “Some Restful Day”, he explores ideas of a love that is hard to pin down with vocals that feel untethered from the earth and a dreamy acoustic guitar.
At 23 years old, Armstrong holds a degree in political science, but chose to pursue his talent for songwriting instead of taking the usual poli-sci path. He’s a multi-instrumentalist and — though his production style is low-fi — clearly has a knack for mixing and producing his own work.
The official release of “Some Restful Day” is the original demo, recorded by Armstrong in his apartment. Despite this movement away from typical production, the track is spacious, the vocals mixed with a distance that drifts over the guitar. To complement this, the video was also shot solely by Armstrong and features under-appreciated corners of L.A. in detail. Focusing on apartment buildings (a nod to the genre?), signs, fences, and the sky, this clip is as smooth and thoughtful as the track itself. It embraces the minute details, the small movements that are everywhere we look.