I know people say not to judge a book by its cover, but sometimes you just can't help it. I find myself judging musicians based solely on either their song and album titles, or their stage names–I know, terrible habit, I'm working on it, I promise. One act that made me realize that I'm really missing out by not checking an artist out simply because of their name has been Pop/EDM duo Timeflies
. You're probably wondering what about the name "Timeflies" turned me off, and if we're being honest–it made me think about how there's simultaneously too much and too little time in life, even though time isn't real, and we're all somehow running out of this thing that isn't real but in many ways controls our entire life. So, yeah, I pretty much gave myself an existential crisis and didn't even bother to press play on any of their songs. When I finally heard their massive 2016 hit "Once in a While," I kicked myself for not being on the Timeflies wave way before then.
The Timeflies duo consists of producer Rob Resnick and vocalist Cal Shapiro. The two artists began creating together as Timeflies in 2010 and released their debut album The Scotch Tape
just a year later, but they had to put in quite a bit of work before the success came rolling in. The group would regularly upload covers to their Youtube channel
in a segment they titled "Timeflies Tuesday", with some of their most popular renditions being Jamie Foxx's "Blame It" and Kesha
's "Die Young." They did this for a while as more and more people began to catch on to how talented they were. All of this attention from people all over the internet led to Timeflies releasing their One Night EP
in 2012, the same year they were signed to Island Records, and then their sophomore album in 2014, After Hours.
Since then, Timeflies has been playing shows to sold out crowds wherever their fans will have them, all the while cranking out new music nonstop–and I do mean nonstop. Rob and Cal have not forgotten their roots as they still update their Youtube channel regularly with covers, and along with these covers come brand new tracks and the occasional collaboration. Their most recent album, Just For Fun,
was released in 2015 and in the years since then, Timeflies has released multiple tracks not attached to any one specific project. These releases include the aforementioned banger "Once in a While," an optimistic track about bringing yourself back to reality every now and then, to die for love song "Gravity," and insanely underrated collaboration "Raincoat" with singer/songwriter Shy Martin.
"Raincoat" was Timeflies' first release of 2017, which was not a bad way to start at all if I do say so myself, and its follow up "Are We There Yet" with Chase Rice was pretty great, too. Continuing on this streak of quality bops, the duo just recently officially dropped "Nobody Has To Know," a song about the pursuance of a secret relationship. The song starts off sounding as though it may be a simple piano ballad, but that just wouldn't be in typical Timeflies fashion, would it? Cal's voice flows smoothly through the chorus as he sings, "Nobody has to know, but I wish they'd see." This makes it sound as though he would be totally on board with going public with the relationship, but the woman isn't totally reciprocating. I mean, can you blame her? Relationships? In this economy?
Judging by the rate at which the duo has been releasing tracks since their last album, it may be safe to assume that we'll be graced with another Timeflies project before 2017 comes to an end. Rob and Cal are preparing to embark on a 37 date US tour this fall, and what goes better with a successful tour than new music?