By Zoe Elter
Album: You and Your Friends
Artist: Peach Pit
Release Date: April 3, 2020
I initially fell in love with Peach Pit when I stumbled across this live performance of their song “Alrighty Aphrodite” in late 2016. Ever since then, I have been following their music with almost reckless abandon. Peach Pit, coupling Neil Smith’s voice with the innovative bedroom pop style, has a sound that is all their own.
The band has been publically making music together since 2016, debuting with songs from their four-track EP Sweet FA. Since then, they have collaborated with Audiotree in one of their live sessions and released Being So Normal, which is their first full-length album.
With this already strong repertoire of sounds, I was curious how Peach Pit could outdo themselves. It was hard for me to imagine anything better than Being So Normal, an album that I had been playing on repeat the entirety of my senior year in high school.
Then I heard the opening riff of “Feelin’ Low (F**kboy Blues)” when it was released in 2019, and I knew that the boys of Peach Pit were curating something amazing. As stated in an Instagram post, the 2018 release was originally supposed to be on their previous album. Instead it was re-recorded and released as “a bridge between [the band’s] old and new music.” And that’s exactly what it managed to do.
Shortly after, the band released two more singles that were set to be on the new album.
“Black Licorice,” which is one of my favorite songs off the record, is both heartbreaking and catchy. And “Shampoo Bottles” has a unique way of pulling at the heartstrings of anyone who has struggled with letting go of that certain someone.
And yet these three amazing songs still didn’t prepare me enough for the masterpiece that would be the rest of the songs off of You and Your Friends.
Filled with themes of longing and loss, this album is the perfect album for listeners with a broken heart. From the act of feeling inferior to a love interest as depicted in “Figure 8” to feeling abandoned by your friends like in “Brian’s Movie,” this album has everything for anyone who has ever felt abandoned or left behind.
Despite the dark subject matter, the album has a lighter feel as opposed to Being So Normal. The band utilizes brighter sounds this time around, so you can cry and dance at the same time. There are amazing drum build-ups in “Second Life With Emily.” The bending guitar riff in “Thursday” gives the song a, what I can only describe as, a spooky-sad feeling. And the title-track “You and Your Friends” undoubtedly takes its place as my favorite song on the album with the bass and distortion that seems to be melded into Peach Pit’s sound.
I would recommend this album to absolutely anyone. Not only are the lyrics relatable, but Peach Pit is back with sounds that will blow your mind. Peach Pit has a unique tone that I think the entire world should know about. Stream You and Your Friends on Spotify, and make sure to stay safe and positive in these hard times.
Featured image via Columbia Records.