Fusing minimalist production with lush melodies and an intimate storyline, NYC based brothers – Abner and Harper James reminds us of the basic essentials for a good pop song.
In an age where production is pushed to the front and lyrics to the back, it is reinvigorating to see a group do the complete opposite. Harper’s muted melodious guitar production nicknamed -“808s and telecasters”- by the brothers, acts as a foundation whilst Abner’s ethereal harmonies bring the emotional arc to the forefront.
Premiered exclusively on Variance Magazine, the single is the first of a set of songs recorded with Grammy-nominated producer Gian Stone (Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Dua Lipa) earlier this year.
Grappling with heartbreak and loneliness, Eighty Ninety dive into a narrative that is familiar with some – How do you go from the lover to the distant friend? Personally, when it comes to breakups, I prefer the Sayonara-Get-Your Ass-Out-Of-My-House route but I know others much prefer the Lets-Be-Friends-Even-Though-I-Still-Want-You alternative.
Happier deals with this exact option.
Desiring his ex to hold some type of presence in his life, Abner has become the friendly ex-boyfriend that still wants to hold on for a bit longer.
“When you were here we didn’t need words” – Previously there was comfortability between the two where they could even sit in silence and not speak. Yet now, Abner is struggling to find words to cover the silence and keep them on the line, keep them in his life.
Happier is a beautifully emotive single that reveals the group’s knack for storytelling and desire to carve out their own style.
Eighty Ninety’s debut single “Three Thirty” quickly reached #2 on Spotify’s Global Viral Chart. Their music has had over 25 million streams since the release of their moody, romantic debut EP “Elizabeth”, featuring on Spotify playlists New Music Friday, Pop Rising, Indie Pop, Chill Vibes, Viral Hits, Fresh Finds and many more