LOCATION: SEATTLE, WA
GENRE: INDIE POP
INFLUENCES: BRAIDS, Passion Pit
PUBLICIST: Kaytea Moreno Elst Kaytea@xopublicity.com 503.539.7691
RELEASE DATE "SPRIG" APRIL 5TH 2019
Pikefruit make music unlike any you’ve ever quite tasted before. Joyful, ebullient, sweetly intoxicating, Nicole and Alex’s six song debut will leave you giddy and light-headed.
Seattle is their home, where they draw much of their inspiration and energy. The duo’s name Pikefruit is “a tribute to the way Pike Street is a wonderful cross section of the city, from the bustle of the Public Market on Elliott Bay, through the night life of Capitol Hill, to the restful shores of Lake Washington,” they say.
Their first release Sprig is the sound of new soulful duo creating fearlessly tender and genuine music for life-lovers. The title of Sprigis inspired by the springtime in which it is planned to bloom into the fertile music scene here.
“It’s just us two,” they say, commenting music’s sparkly and intimate dialogue. Presenting themselves as a singular, coherent unit, Nicole (vocals) and Alex (production) even assert they’d rather avoid using their full real names, as they want the music to be its own existence, separate from their personal and professional lives.
With deliciously melodic vocals, and sleek and warm self-production, Mandy Parnell mastered the six songs for ultimate bliss. Nearly all of the drums on the album are acoustic samples recorded by them. “It’s pretty common in synth pop to use drum machines for the beat, but we wanted something a bit more natural,” Alex explains. “So we grabbed a mic and a drum kit and recorded hits one by one, then sequenced them later into beats.” Nearly all of the synthesizer sounds they use come from the Emagic ES2, one of the most underappreciated synthesizers ever.
There is a celebration of mindfulness running throughout Sprig, celebrating the mantra, “Wherever you go that’s where you’ll be.” Three key tracks are the blissfully healing “Hold You,” about relying on the comfort of a loved one when going through difficult times; “Wedding Bells,” a funky, upbeat tune, tremulously optimistic expression about romantic union; and the shimmering, slower, no-fear liberation anthem “Free” which closes the album.
Comparable to BRAIDS or Passion Pit, Sprig is perfect synth chamber pop, an indie daydream for the quiet place in your soul. Pikefruit would also sound perfect on a tour with Beach House; the kind of electronic music, which loops for hours while the vocalist, finds her muse within the small walls of sound.
Avoiding the Auto-tuned distortions of harsh trap pop, emotional and audio sincerity is the message of Pikefruit: “We want listeners to feel that we expressed something real based on our life experiences,” they say. “And hopefully it might resonate with something they’ve experienced.”