Arkansas’ SW/MM/NG craft bright guitar-pop with pessimistic wit. The band made their first dive (pun definitely intended) into writing sad-songs-that-sound-super-happy with 2011’s self-titled EP. Now, they’re harnessing those same bittersweet sounds and emotions for their forthcoming debut album, Feel Not Bad, due out August 29th via Old Flame Records. In anticipation of the release, the band’s shared the LP’s lead single, “Some Dreams Come True”.
“It’s inspired by 1930’s vocal jazz songs that dealt with love and longing and the timeless quality of the two, but considered within the scope of indie rock,” frontman Brian Kupillas said of the track. “The themes, which by today’s standards are considered simple, are backed by equally simple, traditional chord progressions. The song is a throwback to a time in which sentimentalism and romanticism were much more fluent in the culture.”
Appropriately, “Some Dreams Come True” is full of dreamy guitar tones and soaring vocals. Despite the jangling rhythms and copious amounts of summery reverb, there’s still a lingering melancholy beneath the track. Kupillas’ vocals channel Chris Martin as he repeats the forlorn phrase “I don’t want to lose myself.” It’s the equivalent of being bummed out on a gorgeous day and still trying to make the most of it.
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