By Margaret Adams
Scotland-based indie rock band Forgotten Garden released their new single, “Bad Guy,” on February 17. This is the band’s first release since their “Christmas Time” single, released on December 6 of last year.
The duo, who started working together in 2019, dropped their first EP, Broken Pieces, in 2020. Their subsequent single, “Jessica,” an emotional song about domestic trauma, was featured on the “Broken Pieces” (Natural Mix), a remix of their Broken Pieces EP.
The song is reminiscent of Phoebe Bridgers’ “Kyoto,” with a light and airy guitar, an addictive bass line, and atmospheric synths. The vocals, which exude a stunningly haunting and melancholic feeling for listeners, make this track an excellent addition to the indie pop genre.
The lyrics tell the story of a rich, handsome, and attractive man whose suave exterior conceals a soul that finds its prime pleasure by “breaking hearts.” He hunts for more hearts to break at social gatherings, where he draws in new victims with his magnetic charisma and attractiveness.
Fans of The Cure, Florence and the Machine, and Warpaint should check out Forgotten Garden’s new single.
“Bad Guy” is available on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, SoundCloud, and YouTube. Follow our Alchemical Weekly Spotify Playlist for more great music featured on the site.
Margaret Adams is a Psychology major and Rhetoric and Writing minor at The Catholic University of America from New Orleans, Louisiana. In addition to her work with Alchemical, she writes for CUA’s student newspaper, The Tower, and has recently been named Quill Editor. She enjoys reading, writing, and looking at pictures of her dog, Bella.
When D.C. venues were ready to reopen after COVID-19, indie pop duo GLOSSER was ready to perform. The two, Riley Fanning and Corbin Sheehan, formed the band pre-COVID out of a shared aesthetic vision and passion for music storytelling.
Their first album *DOWNER* was released in January 2023, however they have decided to release a [__deluxe version__](https://open.spotify.com/album/0KLORhtj3ohV4FtbdjoKu5?si=iNZX9fiZSm2M6V8pRdBkow) exactly one year later containing four new tracks – two remixes, a reimagined song, and a cover – that they are hoping will give it a second life and allow them to continue performing around the area.
The band explains that they have spent many shows opening for touring bands that traveled through D.C. “We made music and then venues started to open again,” Sheehan says. Rather than having the “typical grungy” D.C. band experience, they uniquely went straight to club shows.