KCRW’s Private Playlist: Lionel Boy

KCRW’s Private Playlist is a listening session with Southern California’s most notable musical figures in their private creative environments. The musician known as Lionel Boy may not be from Long Beach, but you might say he is of Long Beach. Like his adopted city, Lionel-Keone De Guzman embodies a world of contrasts: fresh-faced with an old soul, expansive in disposition but deeply introspective, smooth in sound but rooted in a skate-punk ethos. After a round of well-received singles over the last year, De Guzman has fully stepped out with his self-titled debut, a dozen songs that combine the inherited ease of his Hawaiian upbringing with a subtle undercurrent of youthful anxiety. And his selections for Private Playlist mirror those preoccupations. He constructs an elegy for his island-bound adolescence through songs by Morphine, Paula Fuga, and Thao & The Get Down Stay Down.