Two musicians team up to make a song. One from the UK and one from the US. But these guys are not strangers. We are of course talking about singer Annabel Jones (Crooked Paintings) and producer AObeats (Moving Castle), who previously worked together on ‘Magnetic’ and ‘IOU’.
The original, ironically called ‘Strangers’, exposes Annabel’s sugary vocals on loop, and AObeats vibin’ and grind-worthy production.
We still have FRND‘s ‘Friend’ looping around in our heads from five months ago, so we’re pretty happy to have a ‘Substitute’ track to get stuck in there instead.
FRND (pronounced Friend) is a self confessed video game enthused couch dweller by daytime and idiot-savant, sugar-fuelled extrovert by night. A split persona perhaps, but we’re not here to judge.
‘Substitute’ is a lush track with its emo-tinged vocals and smooth production, but don’t expect sympathy if there’s any form of BS involved,
“Substitute is about realizing you’re someone’s option while they are your priority. You know what you feel is real but they refuse to leave their comfort zone and commit to you. In other words, just break up with your bf already.”
Meet Otis English, an extraordinary and highly relatable Los Angeles-based musician who has a bit of a rollercoaster background (which includes accidentally burning down his family home when he was younger).
His debut is a well-crafted pop track called ‘Young Kids, Old Love’, that is endearing as much as it is unapologetically gritty.
We are expecting good things from Otis English.
His upcoming debut EP will be released shortly via Crooked Paintings. The single is available on iTunes now.