The Weekly Spread #15
Featuring Pearl & the Oysters, Joanna Sternberg, Pine Barons, and more
This is The Weekly Spread, a roundup of some of our favorite new music in and around the indie scene. Always on Fridays, always free, it’s the bread and butter of Bread and Butter (lol).
Hello hello! Two pieces of news: the first is that Eddie’s band Dazies has released the music video for their debut single, “idm.” We shot it in Sag Harbor at the end of January on one of the coldest days of the year and had to take breaks in between takes to run for shelter so we didn’t freeze. I think it turned out pretty great! Watch it here.
The second piece of news is that the fourth book in my chapter book series, Witches of Peculiar, is out now in hardcover and paperback. The book is called Glimpse the Future, and it’s a great read for the fantasy-loving kid (or adult) in your life. You can buy it wherever you buy your books.
As always, thanks for reading and hope you enjoy this week’s tunes (:
~Britnee and Eddie
Pearl & the Oysters - Paraiso
Trippy and lush, “Paraiso” is like a bright mirage in the middle of a sizzling desert. “Another day in paradise,” the track aptly begins as colorful soundscapes wash over you like a refreshing wave. The easygoing flow has a slow-and-steady pulse, held down by a lovely, lolling vocal and punctuated by vibrant synths that flutter and pew. It’s the second single of the year from eclectic indie pop duo Pearl & the Oysters. Their new album, Coast 2 Coast, comes out April 21. Watch the vibey video for Paraiso here.
Joanna Sternberg - I’ve Got Me
“I’ve Got Me” is a deceptively simple folk song, just guitar, bass, and vocal, but the raw emotion and warm melody stay with you long after the track’s 2 minutes and 16 seconds. The propulsive acoustic guitar starts soft and slow but increases in intensity, matching Joanna Sternberg’s candid, commanding vocal as they sing matter-of-factly about trying to find comfort in loneliness. It’s a song that would fit in perfectly on my angst-filled Tumblr feed in 2012, and I mean that as a compliment.
Frantic Francis - Pine Barons
Dancing plucked synths and a grooving rhythm section are just the beginning of “Frantic Francis,” an epic slice of synth rock from indie rockers Pine Barons. Lead singer Kieth Abrams‘ vocals are at once cutting and floating as they bounce against the huge soundscape behind him. All of it builds to a truly trance-worthy ending, which feels well-earned. Watch the music video for “Frantic Francis” here.
Benny Sings featuring Remi Wolf - Pyjamas
Sometimes a song is undeniable, and while Benny Sings has certainly written more than one of those, “Pyjamas” might be his most captivating yet. It’s a feel-good song you can’t help but picture over the nostalgic silhouette of an iPod commercial. The bright melody makes you smile, the groovy bass makes you dance, and the upbeat keys transport you to a sunshiney universe where your worries float away with the breeze. It’s definitely worth checking out if you need to beat the late winter blues.
Shallowhalo - Renaissance Affair
Listening to “Renaissance Affair” feels like attending a glamorous and debaucherous after-hours party hosted by Marie Antoinette. Spacey synths, dreamy vocals, and a washed-out production style conjure up images of hazy neon lights and dancing with reckless abandon. A little trippy, a little lavish, and wholly original, Shallowhalo’s newest single beckons you into the beautiful darkness and will make you want to stay out all night long. Watch the appropriately campy music video here.
Hether - Dreams
On his newest release, indie rocker Hether covered “Dreams” by the Cranberries. It still captures all the sparkling magic of the original, but instead of bright, upbeat undertones, Hether’s guitar-lead cover turns down the lights, darkening the mood with a slower tempo and his signature psych-rock vibe. “Dreams” is the lead single off Hether’s new cover album, Covered in Hether, out today.
Alice Phoebe Lou - Shelter
“There’s something magic about this whole thing,” sings Alice Phoebe Lou in her new song, “Shelter.” It’s a fitting line, considering listening feels like basking in the sun’s warmth during magic hour. Steady percussion grounds the track while light, dreamy vocals accentuate its whimsy. The rhythmic guitar’s groovy beat adds dusky, beachy vibes, like you’re seeking refuge from reality at a 60s surf shop at sunset.
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