BEST EX (formerly Candy Hearts) continue their sonic revolution, with the UPSET Magazine premiere of “Someday” off of the upcoming Ice Cream Anti Social EP, which comes out July 14 on Alcopop! Records. Pre-orders are available at www.BestExNJ.com. The six-track EP is the first to be released under the new moniker and new indie/pop-leaning direction. Ice Cream Anti Social will be supported with a tour from June 25 to July 21 (dates below).
Mariel’s soft vocals sing of the frustration and malaise of a solo commute amongst “everyone around you either drunk or asleep in their winter coats” and seeing her reflection with “messy hair and room to grow”; this weathered imagery rides along that continued buzzing synth, minimalistic drumming, and a dainty lead guitar that helps amplify the finesse through the frustration that the song expresses. The chorus of “someday we’re gonna get it / someday we’re gonna get it right”, with the group vocals, harmonies, and upbeat synths surging and swirling about makes this an anthem for anyone working on getting through all the frustration of life, and doing so with the perfect mix of lo-fi grit and shined up glitter. Demonstrating open-book lyricism coupled with dancey musical arrangements, Best Ex is very much a reflection of Mariel’s coming into her own as both a person and musician.
Mariel offered her headspace on the EP:
“Ice Cream Anti Social is sort of an ode to those moments where you’re alone in your room and reflecting on your life. As a whole, it covers those sort of thoughts you can’t kick when you’re lying in bed about to fall asleep, or it’s midnight and you’re in your underwear, eating ice cream out of the carton, wondering what the heck happened to you. It wavers that fine line where you aren’t sure if you’re actually killing it or a total mess. I don’t know if this is a true fact about life or anything — I’m sure those older than me will disagree — but this EP was largely about coming to terms with the fact that no matter how many people are around you, you will always be sort of alone.”
Ice Cream Anti Social is a glistening artistic re-imagination for Mariel, who has taken the heartfelt lyricism and hooks from her previous punk leaning work and brought them into looser, poppier arrangements.
June 25: Metro Gallery, Baltimore, MD
June 26: Canal Club, Richmond, VA
June 27: Milestone, Charlotte, NC
June 28: New Brookland Tavern, Columbia, SC
June 30: Inkwell Pub, Margate, FL
July 1: TBD, Orlando, FL
July 3: Dirty 30, Dallas, TX