By Jaci Jedrych
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.
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