by Cole Kinsler (@dustetc)
Ridgewood, NY rock quintet Freind just released their fantastic debut Lemon EP earlier this year and are now returning with a brand new single entitled I Said / Ossature. What started as the project of Alex Daud has since expanded into a full band. Lemon served as an impressive introduction to the band’s sound. The five song set showcases big guitar sounds paired with repetitive and mechanical drumming reminiscent of Stereolab or Black Moth Super Rainbow.
The two song pair of I Said / Ossature takes a step forward from their already compelling sound. “I Said” finds the group falling into a sprawling, understated groove. Daud’s airy vocals float over spacey synths and chugging drums. Subtle guitar lines and electronic flourishes carry the song out into an extended jam. It’s a nearly five minute long track that still makes every second count. “Ossature” is a shorter, dreamy track not without it’s own beautiful details that warrant a close listen (or several).
I’d be surprised if bands like Stereolab, Broadcast, or Quickspace weren’t prominent influences for Freind. That being said, the band does not merely stand in the shadows of their heroes. They have an impressive knack for soundscapes, textures, and arrangements that are all their own. With their brief output thus far, Freind is already making thoughtful, exciting music. They’re a welcome breath of fresh air to Brooklyn’s music scene.
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