Today, Houston-based pop group Deep Cuts will release their new single “Friends” via Go Bang Go Records. Following the slow-burning sax-synth disco of their buzz-building single “Take Me Back,” “Friends” finds the band in much woozier territory. Beginning with a drum loop reminiscent of vintage pre-loaded Casio rhythms, the track slowly unfolds into a stadium-sized synthpop ode to feigning friendships in the haze of the weekend house party. “The people here/you could call them your friends,” vocalist Chase Harris coos, lamenting that fellow party-goers “only answer to an open tab” and “won’t pick up after the party ends.” Eventually, Harris confesses he’s in the same position as everyone else: “I only came to this party to get high,” he concedes, with bell-like guest vocals from Charles and a symphony of synths soaring right along with him.
Deep Cuts is a Houston-based group of musicians spearheaded by songwriters Chase Harris and Zach Alderman. The classically-trained pair piece together refined schmaltz tunes with winding guitar lines, synth pad beds, and vintage 707 and 727 drum machines. What results is a venture from their latin indie rock roots into pop territory, with undertones ranging from salsa romantica to jazz fusion. The group has self-released several singles and EPs and is currently assembling their first full length record with Grammy award-winning engineer Steve Christensen. “Take Me back”, the album’s first single, debuted on Stereogum in late 2016, and later garnered the band recognition from Neon Indian’s Alan Palomo in a Pitchfork Rising feature. Follow-up single “Friends” drops today, featuring additional vocals from musician and videographer Charlotte Lindèn Ercoli Cole (Ariel Pink, Weyes Blood).
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