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The Nail House EP

by iT Boy

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New Amsterdam Records announces Brooklyn-based iT Boy’s The Nail House EP. Each of the EP's luscious 3 tracks is built around a cassette loop. iT Boy’s Theo Baer explains, “most of the sounds recorded onto each loop derive their tonality from musical cryptograms of words, phrases, and names of a specific significance. These compositions are a portrait of my deepest inspirations and the personal hardships that have shaped my artistic journey.”

Using the Chinese term for a home whose owners refuse to bow to the imposing pressures of real estate development and gentrification, the album’s title refers to the home and work space in which Baer composed and captured the works on the EP. Over the course of a year of writing and recording this project, he writes, “my home and work studio of five years became a “Nail House” in its own right. I was finally evicted shortly after finishing these works.”

With “The Nail House EP,” Baer’s response to these circumstances is an emotional narrative built with sophisticated textures and moody, meditative gravitas.


released May 15, 2020

All music composed and performed by Theo Baer (synths, keyboards, trumpet, drum machine, tape loops)

Deities: Zachary Paul (violin)

Clew: Ed Bear (baritone saxophone, electronics), Trevor Hamilton (vocals), saxophone recorded by Alex Weston

Mixed by Todd Schied

Mastered by Taylor Deupree (12k mastering)

Ben Brody, Nick Lenchner, Glossy Bohemond, Kyna Marie and Krysta Brayer, William Brittelle and everyone at New Amsterdam, Greta and Clay and Ace and Lo and Casey and Jude and Bille and Aliyah and Amy and all those who helped me make it through another year

Dedicated to Dad and Mom


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iT Boy Brooklyn, New York

Theo Baer (aka iT Boy) is a Brooklyn-based composer and performer. His work is the result of a diverse musical upbringing and journey towards emotional healing as a black and trans artist. These compositions illustrate an intimate and vulnerable narrative channeled through the manipulation of tape loops, synthesizers, keyboards, and other, electronic voices.

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