About You On My Mind/
Scalawag’s single “You On My Mind” is a quietly quirky contemplation on love.
The song’s arrangement and lyrical clarity lets you reminisce of classic 50s pop love songs, while enjoying a modern Pheobe Bridgers-esque folky atmospheric quality. Scalawag’s varied influences and musical background lend the single a complexity in the composition, while still giving the song direction in its clear and simple arrangement.
Following Scalawag’s late 2020 single “Touch” (Reviewed “The silky smooth articulation…We are in love!” By Tonemill), “You On My Mind” dials back the funk, and allows quiet acoustic guitar and piano to take the lead. The track begins with a soothing, almost meditative energy. Then, as the main melody of the song comes in and gives the song a steady course for the other instruments to dance around, the energy builds to a happy crescendo as warm trumpet plays off of quirky whistling and a backbeat of subtle drums.
“It’s important to me that I create as many of the sounds myself as possible, instead of using stock instruments or samples” says Teo Saefkow, AKA Scalawag, who recorded the song entirely in his home studio. “It gives every sound more weight and sanctity, to know that it took blood, sweat and tears to get a good performance out of myself for every instrument, and to make sure everything is sounding up to par to a studio recording with session musicians and engineers.”
As the name suggests, “You On My Mind” is a song about infatuation in the early stages of a new relationship, when you can’t get that person out of your thoughts. “I wrote the guitar in 2015, then I waited for 5 years for inspiration to strike for the lyrics” Says Saefkow. “It came one day in early 2020 when I was noodling on the guitar, and I decided to try and make my partner smile. I improvised the lyrics, and they just kinda stuck.”
Scalawag’s second single after his debut album in 2019 captures that feeling of butterflies, and foretells of a new, happier direction for the solo artist.
“You On My Mind is scheduled for release on February 18th, with accompanying music video set to release the following week on February 25th.
Teo Saefkow (aka Scalawag) is a Bi, multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter who brings his Northern BC music festival roots to Vancouver. His sound Harkens to the folky multi-instrumentalism of Sufjan Stevens and the broody intricate lyrics of Hozier. With the goal of disregarding genre constraints, and simply creating whatever may come.
With an eclectic mix of genre, and distinct vocals, Scalawag takes you on a journey of imagination. Teo Saefkow is a multi-instrumentalist, playing Trumpet, Saxophone, Percussion, Bass, Piano, Ukulele and Guitar. His sound is described as a mix between Hozier, Sufjan Stevens, and a young Leonard Cohen, Teo, AKA Scalawag, is sure to both make you nostalgic for things you've never experienced, and keep your head bopping and your torso grooving.
Teo Saefkow grew up in the small town of Smithers, B.C. in a very artistic household: his Mother, a painter, writer, and magazine publisher; his dad, a graphic designer, set designer and guitarist/singer. From an early age, he was exposed to live music, attending concerts and music festivals around northern B.C. He started playing music when he received his first guitar at age 7 and continued throughout elementary and high school where he played tenor saxophone and trumpet in several school bands, and sang in the jazz and choral choirs.
His career in music began the year after he graduated high school when he and long time friend, Zak Windle, started writing music together under the name Ranger Smash. They co-produced and released their first 10-track album together in June, 2016.
During this time, Teo also attended the conservatory acting program at Studio 58 in Vancouver where he honed his crooneresque style, and developed his vocal technique. After graduating, he went on to write, record and self-produce his first solo album under the name Scalawag, released in March, 2019, during his Album release tour.
More recently, Scalawag released two singles “Touch” in late 2020, getting tagged “The silky smooth articulation…We are in love!” By Tonemill, and garnering a 90% score on Submithub. Their subsequent single “You On My Mind,” released in February 2021 to critical acclaim "Scalawag soothes your spirit while filling you with the warm blossoming energy of falling in love" -The Other Side Reviews. "The atmospheric elements of this track really set it apart in a crowded folk scene right now." -Ear to the Ground.