NYC-based, indie-pop group Strawberry Blonde is back with their latest single, “Always,” set for release on September 2nd. The track explores the conflicted nature of romantic relationships, from emotional highs to tempting toxicity.
Atmospheric synthesizers balance perfectly with a dancy chorus, evoking acts like The 1975. A swirling, melancholy guitar riff signals a comedown as the second verse begins, mirroring influence from midwest emo bands like American Football. An unexpected breakdown brings the end of the track, with heavier drums and guitar, yearning vocals, and even trumpets that show off Strawberry Blonde’s wide range.
Strawberry Blonde was formed in 2015 at SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music. The foundational
music education of Martine Mauro-Wade (drums/percussion), Sean Power (bass), Carey Ozmun
(vocals/trumpet/keys), Sam Barna (guitar), and Liam Connors (vocals/guitar) set the scene for the band’s genre-bending sound. A combination of pulsating r&b-informed rhythms, dreamy guitars, intricate horn arrangements, and powerfully introspective pop vocals drew comparisons to the likes of Foxing and Bon Iver.
The track “Another Dream” off of Strawberry Blonde’s debut 2016 EP “Better Still” was included in the
film “All Those Friendly People” alongside the likes of Basement and Joyce Manor. In 2019 they released their sophomore EP “Calling.” Strawberry Blonde most recently premiered the track “Stay/SPF 3000” to kick off a long-awaited return to the scene.