Van Alden, the up-and-coming band fronted by Paul Abrahamian of Big Brother fame, are premiering their new EP, You’re Not Who You Used to Be, below, exclusively on Billboard.
The four-song project delves deeper into the “pop-noir” sound established on their 2018 self-titled debut, offering emotive songwriting backed by heavy bass and electronic influences. Branding their music as a “cinematic” experience, Van Alden’s album art, social media feeds and music videos all follow a black-and-white theme.
Their latest music video features the single “Stay,” the first track on the EP, which tells of the mental tug-of-war between maintaining a relationship and seeking personal growth. This is a common thread throughout the rest of the project, with its purpose to explore “a journey of experiences, self-reflection and change,” according to Abrahamian.
“We shouldn’t expect ourselves and those around us to stay the same forever. Comfort in familiarity stunts intrinsic growth,” Abrahamian said. “You’re not who you used to be, you shouldn’t be who you used to be — don’t stop growing.”
The three other tracks — “Foolish,” “Forever” and “XO” — are intense and dreamy, showing a softer side of Abrahamian, whose bad-boy exterior often cast him as a villain on television. Abrahamian is most well-known for his many appearances on CBS’ Big Brother — finishing second twice and participating in several spin-offs.
Music is not Abrahamian’s only artistic endeavor; he also has a clothing brand, Deadskull Apparel. However, he announced via Twitter in February that he had moved to Brooklyn to pursue music more seriously.
Van Alden will perform at Arlene’s Grocery in New York on Aug. 8.
Listen to You’re Not Who You Used to Be, before it becomes widely available on Friday, below.