By Jaci Jedrych
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Love in the time of the coronavirus is defined by FaceTime, Skype, and Zoom calls– being together but not together: a feeling captured by Plant Dad and N A E’s newest single, “12 Rounds.”
Plant Dad aka Ralph Bernabe was born in Manila, Philippines, but resides in Baltimore, Md., a location and music scene which they say greatly influences their sound. Bernabe acts as singer-songwriter, musician, composer, and arranger for their music. They set out to “have a party with every song that they write and perform, but also at the end of the day to feel nostalgic right afterwards.”
They find inspiration from 80’s electronic bands, alternative rock, and singer-songwriter folk melodies.
“12 Rounds” explores the relationship between two toxic lovers who try to be better for each other, but life continually gets in the way.
Staring at my phone
I just keep on waiting
But will you call me though?
The music video is filmed through laptop video call cameras, giving it a personal, authentic feeling. This feeling is enhanced by artists showing off their various knick-knacks.
Fans of Beach Bunny or Clairo should listen to Plant Dad. The upbeat bedroom pop combined with bittersweet, nostalgic themes make them addicting, yet introspective.
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Jaci Jedrych is a World Politics student at The Catholic University in Washington, D.C. She loves going to concerts and exploring different genres, and has a passion for arts and news writing.
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.