after delivering sensual, syncopated r&b on last fall’s “melatonin,” you’d be forgiven for thinking that phoria would double down on an aesthetic they so clearly excel at. instead, the quintet has delivered “saving us a riot,” a gorgeous, stripped down folk ballad with flecks of chamber pop sprinkled across its exterior. the lilt of acoustic guitars lay the foundation for a soothing lullaby soon punctuated by affecting string counter-melodies, proving that phoria’s penchant for intimacy can effortlessly take on multiple forms. take a listen to “saving us a riot” below.
anthony ferraro helms the oakland-based project astronauts, etc., the contemplative outfit responsible for the plaintive cut “i know” from earlier this year. ferraro and his band have a full-length due out sometime this fall, and they recently shared a second single called “no justice.” the song’s minimal sonic palate is ideal for ferraro’s falsetto in this setting, paring down to the bare essentials to give his poignant hooks and earnest verses the space they need to resonate. take a listen to “no justice” below.