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Pine Barons “Sinks in the Water” in Dreamy New Single “Blue Dolphin”

Need to update your springtime playlists? Look no further than “Blue Dolphin,” experimental dream pop group Pine Barons’ latest release as of Tuesday, April 11th.

The track is the follow up single to “Frantic Francis,” which dropped the last day of February, and continues its predecessor’s journey down a whimsical new path for the group. While “Frantic Francis” transported listeners to their childhood selves and powerfully conveyed the blissful ignorance and simple concerns of those early days, the new single beckons you to converse with someone who has reached the end of their journey in this life.

“‘Blue Dolphin’ is a conversation with a ghost, talking them through to the other side, helping them find their silent island,” describes frontperson & multi-instrumentalist KC Abrams. “Everything in the water, sinks in the water.”

But the group clearly doesn’t consider an encounter with the deceased to be a scary or depressing experience. The story is delivered with ear candy at every turn, starting with a lovely split-intro and accentuated by engaging pops of musical color. Listeners will find themselves feeling nostalgic for an out-of-this world encounter like no other.

Listeners should also be sure to check out the music video for the track below, directed by Alex Bebee. In what can be best described as found footage snippets and clever shots of the band performing at physical “crossing points” like bridges and railroad tracks, the group floats through the song in style.

The latest single from Pine Barons is yet another taste of many great projects to come. Find their entire discography on all your favorite streaming platforms, and explore “Blue Dolphin” and more great music on Alchemical Records’ Multigenre Mixture playlist on Spotify and YouTube.

Alchemical Records Contributing Writer Emma Downes

Emma Downes

Emma Downes is a recent graduate of DeSales University in Center Valley, PA, where she studied English and Communication. As a lifelong writer and music lover, she is happy to be incorporating both into her work for Alchemical Records. When she’s not writing, she enjoys getting to know the DMV entertainment scene, drawing, and spending time with her four siblings.  

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As a producer bringing some major events to Capital Pride this year, Zach Renovátes admits that he was keen to get Betty Who on the lineup. After having seen several of her live performances already, Renovátes knew the Australian would make a fine marquee addition to the “Kinetic Presents Candyland” event at Echostage June 10.

Fortunately, she was both available and interested.

“Something that I personally saw was that [Betty Who] is one of the most pro-LGBT singer-songwriters I’ve ever ever seen perform live,” Renovátes said, adding that the D.C. audiences at her concerts come largely from within the gay community. “So she absolutely knows that we as queer people make up a huge percentage of her fan base.”
The June 10 event is the main draw of a weekend of collaborations between Kinetic Presents and the Capital Pride Alliance in celebration of D.C. Pride 2023. Other big names who will play at various venues around the District include DJs Abel and Cindel, Dan Slater, as well as Jerac and Paulo Fragoso. It’ll be a pride-filled musical weekend indeed, with Echostage, Sax, Bunker and Bliss Nightclub hosting the pulsing sounds of revelry. And there’s also the big parade on June 10.

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