Chris Laufman, the sample artist better known as Wise Blood, has released a bonus cut from his upcoming EP, These Wings, out on Dovecote in August. “Penthouse Suites” is a leftover track, but the heavily sampled, slow-grooving ballad about ambition embodies what Laufman is all about. This is, after all, the guy who turned down a scholarship to Juilliard because he wanted to—as he put it—take over pop music. Stream the song below, and download the track here.

Between the off-beat synth waves on the chorus, Laufman sings, “Send your word, calm my nerves, just let me know that this is what I deserve.” Modest in form, the laid-back but hopeful “Penthouse Suites” works as a sort of security blanket for an artist who is, as he opens the song to say, “shooting for the moon.”

Wise Blood hits the road next week for an opening slot with Friendly Fires. These Wings is slated for an August 2 release date.

Tour Dates For Wise Blood:
05/25 – New York, NY – Webster Hall*
05/26 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club*
05/27 – Boston, MA – Paradise*
05/28 – Montreal, QC – Corona Theatre*
05/30 – Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theatre*
05/31 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall*
06/01 – Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theater*
06/04 – Vancouver, BC – Venue*
06/05 – Seattle, WA – Neumo’s*
06/06 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge*
06/08 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent*
06/10 – Los Angeles, CA – Music Box at The Henry Fonda Theater*
*with Friendly Fires