“Mesmerising dream-pop that brims with delicious textures and delightful tones” – Trouble Juice
”This is what real-life magic sounds like. Full of beauty and soft dreaming moments. Truly gorgeous.” – Claire Mooney, triple j
“Soon, however, music fans (especially those who listen to Triple J in Australia) will know who Sunbather are..will leave listeners uttering a wide-eyed ‘Wow!'” – The Revue
Brisbane dream-pop duo Sunbather have returned today with their second single Wide Open, an emotive song about finding closure premiered last night on triple j’s Unearthed TOPS.
The first song written for their upcoming debut EP ‘Brown Bread’ set for release on Friday 26th June, Wide Open features lightly spatialised guitars, thoughtful vocal harmonies and gorgeous swells across the deeply introspective piece. “The song explores the sense of space that opens up in your soul when you can truly let someone go, without forgetting or devaluing them,” explains vocalist Sally Latter.
“I had a really simple chord progression and a draft melody to start, and Mike then came up with the lead guitar lines over the top. Mike then wrote the demo drumbeat on our terrible friend-of-a-friend’s drumkit and we recorded it with vocal mics. Despite all that, even with just the very rough bones of the song, we knew it would be one for the EP.”,Sally continues.
In spite of these humble beginnings, they were able to turn it into the polished, dreamy finished product being released today with the help of producer Aidan Hogg (Plutonium Studios) and Stu McKenzie (Good Boy, Future Haunts) on drums.
The track releases accompanied by a music video edited by the duo, producing a Super 8 home movie aesthetic, and premiered online via Purple Sneakers. “This video is a catalogue of our time in Myanmar in the first few months of 2020,” explains guitarist Michael Todman. Shot over three locations, the pair temporarily relocated to Myanmar for Sally’s work as a humanitarian lawyer, where the duo lived in a guesthouse characterised by toothpaste-green walls, unsympathetic fluorescent lighting and the sound of monks chanting into the night. “We found it hard to adapt at first, but we were shown kindness by many people. Putting the music video together was an exercise in documenting the moments of beauty in a time that was also tough and confronting,” Michael continues. It’s the perfect accompaniment to the lush soundscapes of the song: juxtaposing beautiful seaside imagery with the track’s sombre, reflective nature.
Wide Open is the second song released from the new housemates-turned-collaborators duo and follow up to January’s Softly Spoken which premiered with Trouble Juice and received airplay from triple j Home & Hosed and triple j Unearthed, as well as a range of community radio. Softly Spoken was also added to a number of playlists across Spotify, and Apple Music’s editorial playlists New Music Daily, Heaps Indie,ALT CTRL, Untitled and indie + chill. Listen for yourself and lose yourself in Sunbather’s dream-pop goodness today.
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