After the grooviness of “Gently” graced airwaves last November (BuzzMusic gushed over the track’s “clever use of soothing indie-surf music with meaningful and relatable lyrics”), Western-Michigan-based Pretoria is embracing warm weather already in 2020 with the upbeat “Skinny Dip”.
Sure, Grand Rapids is still cold. But the track’s got an easy feeling of warmth and joy. It’s targeted toward sentiments that are a bit more mature than what the band’s previously conveyed. And Gullet’s effortless vocals are well-suited to the task, with an earnestness that makes lines like “I’ll pretend I’m not even close to leaning in for the kiss,” feel simultaneously believable and ironic.
The rest of the band is having a good time, here, too. Surf-guitar lines drive the track smoothly forward, and a change-of-pace breakdown (led toward half-time by drums and shimmering guitar chords) in the middle of the song feels like the tide going out – only to come back in again, better than before.
“Skinny Dip” is a bit of an evolution in our sound. Our goal was to push ourselves even further in every aspect. Not only did we want to grow as writers and musicians, but we think this track could even reach new fans,” Josh Bilisko (drums) says. If you haven’t heard Pretoria yet and you have any interest in great feel-good indie-summer tunes that make your head bob – this is the time to become a fan.