Friday, July 7th marked The One Eighties’ triumphant return with “Two Jet Planes.” Autumn Brand and Daniel Cook’s first single of 2023 adds to their catalog of genre-bending explorations — and it’s just a taste of what’s on the way this summer.
The new track follows two lovers who can’t seem to pin down their intentions towards each other and their relationship. Likening their characters to “Two jet planes with no runway,” the songwriters reveal the importance of remaining grounded when it comes to building connections: “I see you want more just like me / sometimes you’ve got to crash to be free.” Brand’s delightful vocals dovetail alongside the duo’s signature mixed string instrumentation, which builds up and fades out to create space and reflect feelings of indecisiveness.
“Two Jet Planes” is the latest addition to The One Eighties’ foundational discography, which began with the haunting, western-tinged “Dead Star Light” and continued with Disco-Americana anthem “No King.” Their fast-approaching debut album will continue to showcase their favorite musical elements — “dreamy vocals, traditional roots instruments, 80’s synthesizers, and layered strings,” according to Brand.
“The album is called Minefields because life is unpredictable, ” shares Cook. “Themes cover personal struggles, relationships, and emotional growth. It’s lamenting at times, playful at others. We hope there’s something in it for everyone!”
Minefields arrives August 18th to all streaming platforms. Find “Two Jet Planes” and other releases from artists in the DMV, across the U.S., and around the globe 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.
Flow-bending artist aSanTIS discusses art, culture, and whether sound can solve the world’s problems in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.
My interview with Amy Santis aka aSanTIS began in the most unexpected way. The Maryland-based flow-bending artist and lyrical storyteller came prepared to engage in conversation around questions I had posed – and she also brought one or two of her own thoughtful prompts based on her curiosities around my view of learning.
This practice of taking in her surroundings deeply through observation and inquiry has come naturally to aSanTIS ever since she was a young child. In terms of her early starts in music, she notes that she began as a discerning listener. “Just listening to music from my mom, on the radio, just being a consumer in the world of sound. But I think mainly, my mom has always loved dancing and listening to music, so that was sort of like second nature. We play music at gatherings, we play music in the car, and these songs are sort of like diaries that take us into a specific place.”
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