As their new song, The Cause, drifts out from a clicking drum beat intro, the gentle guitar rhythm bleeds in with the dream-like vocals, the duo immediately call to mind the same lo-fi indie-pop vibe of Pheobe Bridgers. It’s in that same way that they eschew the sugar-coated anodyne in favour of an almost ambivalent delivery that disguises the fortitude behind it that resonates with the same expression of their lived experience.
The percussive trails and swelling guitars roll and lap through the song, providing the perfect backdrop for their lush harmonies. The folk-rock roots come through the pop sheen in the same way as with bands like Big Thief, a continuing burgeoning of the style that pervades the style of bands like First Aid Kit, a subtle dose of Americana weaving through the song.
Divided between two continents, the duo have managed to maintain their productivity throughout the last year, and their new song is a great sample of the fruits they are harvesting.
Photo credit: Lucinda Ferndon
Words by Nathan Whittle. Find his Louder Than War archive here.