bodywash – “eye to eye”

– featured image courtesy of the artist –

the montreal quintet bodywash occupy a hazy realm of polychrome, where smears of shoegaze collide with bubbly synths and vocal tandems that sound like they’re delivered from the bottom of a thirty-foot well.

the band has its roots in the creative partnership between chris steward and rosie long decter, forged in 2014 when the two were students at mcgill university; since recording an EP in 2016, bodywash has swelled to its current size while working on their debut full-length, comforter, due later this year.

on “eye to eye,” the first taste of comforter, tag-team a lead vocal that has a tendency to burrow into the greater texture of the track, an end result that feels like dusk settling in on a humid summer’s day. a guitar line faintly echoes the chorus’s vocal melody, its second iteration a precursor to a transportive instrumental bridge that fleshes out the seamless nature of bodywash’s sonic communications.

bodywash have recently joined the ranks of luminelle recordings, who will release comforter at some point in 2019. for now, take in “eye to eye,” below.

listen to a new song from astronauts, etc.

astronauts, etc.
photo courtesy of gari askew

anthony ferraro has been quietly releasing some of our favorite songs this year with his band astronauts, etc.  the oakland outfit is responsible for the dreamy “no justice” and the swirling, yearning “i know,” and now they’ve returned with their most pop-oriented offering yet, “eye to eye.”  the song is centered around structural simplicity, sanding the instrumentation down to its original, essential surface and putting that raw beauty on a pedestal: a recurring guitar line supplements the song’s repetitive drum beat while playing foil to the placid synth chords blocked out underneath ferraro’s mild-mannered falsetto, allowing the narrative to ebb and flow like the lazy summer tides it evokes.  “eye to eye” is the third single pulled from the band’s debut full length, mind out wandering, due september 18th.  take a listen to the track below.