Lontalius is the project of Eddie Johnston, from Wellington, New Zealand.
Johnston has been releasing music since the age of 13, but started to turn heads in the last year and a half with his gorgeous Casio covers of Top 40 songs from Nicki Minaj (“Pills N Potions”), Beyonce (a gently crooned “XO”), Ciara (“Body Party”), Drake, Bieber, Pharrell (a mopey “Happy”) and others. Approaching the end of his teenaged years, a now 18-year-old Eddie began to create and share his own original compositions. Initially heavy on lo-fi presentation and shoegaze style aesthetics, Eddie’s emotionally resonant songs steeped in youth, confusion and sadness have become cleaner, richly melodic, and lyrically focused, propelling him and his live band (Taylor Groves, Daniel McBride of Sheep, Dog & Wolf, and Miles Sutton of Tuff Wizard) to open for indie pop stars like Perfume Genius and How To Dress Well.
Lontalius’ debut full-length will be released in early 2016.