On the heels of their critically acclaimed 2016 debut EP The Art of Saying Goodbye, Venice beach-based duo EXES return with new single “Cain” premiering today with Live Nation’s Ones To Watch. A collaborative project comprised of vocalist Allie McDonald and producer Mike Derenzo, “Cain” is a heartfelt account of loss on a very personal level. Allie comments:
“Cain might be the most difficult and personal song we’ve ever written. Cain was my muse–my inspiration–my first love. Although we were thousand of miles apart, we somehow found each other years ago. Our virtual relationship was composed purely of poems, songs, words, emails. I was never able to touch or meet Cain–he passed away in 2015. 6 months after his death, in what felt like a movie, I flew to England to meet his friends and family. This song is about that night I spent with his mom and best friend drinking champagne and dancing until the sun came up–reminiscing on a love that almost and will always be.”
Equal parts affectionate and vulnerable in production and melody, EXES seamlessly fuse electronic soundscapes with Allie’s ethereal vocals. A detail-oriented sort of pop, “Cain” is packed with hypnotic beats, wistful lyrics – the track sees EXES emerge with one of their most compelling works to date.