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.
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.
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.