The band gives NYLON a sneak peek into their time on the road, which includes a special cameo from a Crunchwrap Supreme and a doll named Agatha.
Allyson Camitta is inspired by her friends. “Renaissance Affair,” the latest sugary-sweet synth pop release from Shallowhalo, the Brooklyn-based project of Camitta and Ezra Tenenbaum, in particular was inspired by the myth-making of nights out.
“We wrote ‘Renaissance Affair’ over the summer. I was going out regularly to a friend’s weekly DJ gig at Home Sweet Home in the Lower East Side and then took a picturesque trip upstate to the Renaissance Faire in Tuxedo, New York where we dressed up in medieval outfits and took a bunch of mushrooms,” Camitta says. “The song is a mashup of the pageantry and escapism of dressing up and going out in the city — the fantasy of it all.”
Camitta is also a photographer, documenting her nights out in New York City on her Substack Shallowhalo World; additionally, she hosts the DJ party We Take Manhattan with Charlie Barker. It’s this feeling — the magic of a scene, the coalescing of people hellbent on enjoying themselves and creating work that is exciting that inspires her.
“Whether I’m connecting with new people or meeting up with my friends, most of which are musicians, going out a lot is how I taking in new images, feelings, faces, and emotions,” she tells NYLON, “which gets channeled back into the songs I write with Ezra.”
So when Shallowhalo went on their first headlining tour in March across eight cities in support of their debut album No Fun — which culminates in a hometown show at Elsewhere in Brooklyn, New York on April 5 — Camitta brought her film camera, documenting her time on the road for a tour diary for NYLON.
Below, Camitta shares her favorite moments from tour (including late-night Crunchwrap Supremes) and talks to NYLON about how her life has changed since Shallowhalo released No Fun, her favorite accessories, and what it’s like to take their show on the road.