Dreamy folk-pop four-piece The Weird Years have premiered the second single from their forthcoming self-titled debut EP at For The Rabbits. “New Ever After” is an apocalyptic love song about the end of the world that For The Rabbits calls “Equal parts breezy melodies and hidden complexity… A sound that is entirely, and wonderfully, their own.” Listen here.
The Weird Years is Billy Libby (of Fort Gorgeous), Hannah Winkler and Bess Rogers (both formerly of Secret Someones; Winkler is also in Human Natural, and Rogers recently played guitar for Broadway’s Head Over Heels), and Chris Kuffner (producer and instrumentalist for A Great Big World, Secret Someones, Ingrid Michaelson and others). A supergroup of sorts, multiple members currently work with Ingrid Michaelson and A Great Big World, and as producers and touring/studio musicians for those and other bands, in addition to working on their own projects. Based out of both Brooklyn and Nashville, the band members’ wealth of musical experience creates perfectly odd pop gems with a singular and deliberately-sustained mood. It’s witchy and ethereal, with a clearly defined aesthetic built around gorgeous harmony stacks, haunting arpeggios, and otherworldly textures.
The push and pull between feelings of isolation vs. connection is a common theme throughout The Weird Years EP. “Ticking Time,” for example,” is about the dread and melancholy that goes along with the realization that time will eventually separate you from the one you love. Similarly, “Body and Brain” explores the idea that no matter how connected you are to another person, you are still separate entities in both a physical and emotional sense. “It’s about the forces that govern the proximity of both of those things throughout time,” the band says.
The four full length tracks on the EP are interwoven with instrumental interludes, which mimic this feeling of being alone together. Perfectly timed for an early spring release, The Weird Years EP pairs well with a long walk in the forest at dusk, a mug of hot tea, or just a pair of headphones and closed eyes.