two blinks, i really like you: It’s a reputation; a phrase; a narrative. Liverpool’s Liam Brown opens up about his new indie folk-leaning music undertaking and dives into his debut ‘ep 1,’ a fantastically breathtaking file full of affection, mild, honesty, and intimacy.
Stream: “i really like you” – two blinks, i really like you
He’s unapologetically honest and gorgeously natural, however maybe the finest method to explain Liam Brown’s new undertaking is just, a hopeless romantic singer/songwriter sporting his entire coronary heart on his sleeve. two blinks, i really like you: It’s a reputation; a phrase; an motion; a narrative. An entire world involves life inside these 5 phrases alone – one which grows ever-larger, and extra intimate, as we take heed to his music, which by and enormous bears that very same heat, weight, and marvel. A young indie folks file full of affection, mild, honesty, and intimacy, two blinks, i really like you’s aptly-titled ep 1is a radiant introduction that’s as totally charming as it’s fantastically breathtaking.
There’s only one factor, I really like you
There’s only one factor, I really like you
And it tears me up
To be trustworthy to me and somebody
And it tears me up
To be trustworthy to me and somebody
– “i really like you,” two blinks, i really like you
Launched June 2, 2023 through Heist or Hit, ep 1 is a stunning debut – but it surely’s additionally a reintroduction to an artist many indieheads already know and love. Beforehand making music below the identify pizzagirl, Liverpool-based singer/songwriter Liam Brown constructed a robust following via his colourful, decidedly left-of-center bed room pop music. He launched two EPs (2018’s an prolonged play and season 2) and two albums (2019’s first timer and 2021’s softcore mourn) over the previous 5 years, and acquired acclaim from the likes of Pitchfork, The Impartial, The Night Customary, The Line of Greatest Match, and extra within the course of.
“Whereas a number of artists’ music can give attention to introspection and emotions, Brown’s songs take him everywhere in the world,” Atwood Journal‘s Nicole Almeida wrote of pizzagirl again in 2019. “On his debut album, [he] travels from Broadway, to Venice, to Maine, to the aisles of a grocery retailer… first timer is a scrapbook, a set of recollections and tales – fictional and actual – which collectively change into a strong, enjoyable, and distinctive debut album.”
Saying goodbye to pizzagirl wasn’t a straightforward choice for Brown to return to – reintroducing your self is a hell of much more troublesome than pivoting an already current undertaking’s sound – but it surely was the best alternative as he discovered himself shifting in a brand new route.
“I believe I used to be beginning to really feel a bit over pizzagirl in direction of the latter a part of the final album,” Brown tells Atwood Journal in dialog. “I believe beginning the undertaking so younger and going via a number of life adjustments and sonic adjustments and elegance adjustments, it felt like I used to be shifting additional and additional away to what that represented. I used to be very nervous about coming to that conclusion, however as quickly because the plans have been in movement it felt precisely the best factor for me to do.”
two blinks, i really like you debuted late final yr with “i really like you,” a mild outpouring of uncooked emotion and radiant, tempered indie rock stuffed with ardour and objective. “Between a catchy, shoegaze-y various guitar sample that immediately remembers the likes of Goo Goo Dolls and Blur, and his personal hot-on-the-mic, intimate whisper-like singing, Brown captivates and enchants on a music that proves as catchy as it’s cathartic,” Atwood Journal wrote upon its launch, including the monitor to our 81st Editor’s Picks.
Brown slogged via a litany of titles for his new undertaking earlier than discovering two blinks, i really like you. “It’s referring to a passing in my life and the phrase is a remodeling of one thing that’s synonymous with that individual and expertise,” he explains. “I had it written down for a very long time earlier than it was a reputation and I sat with a number of different very hole empty identify concepts, however as quickly as I remembered that it felt prefer it complemented the world I wished to make, so I’m actually completely happy folks suppose it’s a pleasant identify!”
After which there’s the music itself: Brown calls ep 1 a romantic file – one which doesn’t shrink back from digital parts, however all of the whereas stays rooted to a sounds that’s way more natural, genuine, and pure than that of his earlier undertaking.
“The songs on this file span most likely the final 18 months of my life, some written a couple of months in the past, some written past that,” Brown displays. “It was initially going to be recorded elsewhere however as I used to be determining the sound at residence it made extra sense to stay with that atmosphere and hopefully enhance on manufacturing and mixing expertise within the course of, which I believe has positively occurred. It was a giant studying expertise for me as I frolicked alongside refining these songs. I actually wished the palette of this file to indicate the totally different sides of what I need the sound to be shifting ahead.”
“It felt direct and it wasn’t something conceptual, virtually like a stamp on this file of it being as actual as attainable and grounded to the world quite than some whimsical identify or random thought, to be trustworthy not a lot thought went into the identify I simply wished it to be clear and concise, I don’t suppose you will get extra clear than that!”
He provides, “I’d prefer to hope that this EP opens folks as much as a sound that may be very grounded and natural, there are moments of digital elements on this but it surely’s nonetheless very a lot weaved into a really genuine pure sound, which is tremendous vital I believe for the entire panorama of two blinks. Even with the movies I’ve made I nonetheless wished them to really feel prefer it was coming from me and private and intimate and I hope it interprets.”
ep 1 opens with “carnegie corridor,” a catchy, Shins-y slacker-pop music that units the tone with vibrant vitality and visceral lyricism. “Don’t exaggerate your individual despair,” Brown sings, his vocals and guitar sharing the identical spirited, rollicking melody. “You’d want a guillotine to chop your hair. Comfortable tooth and a few formaldehyde, I heard a few lady in school that died.” Immediately he paints a world stuffed with as a lot emotional feeling and intent because it has sonic texture and tenderness:
Don’t exaggerate your individual despair
You’d want a guillotine to chop your hair
Comfortable tooth and a few formaldehyde
I heard a few lady in school that died
It shook to me to a mortal core
A perspective that I crave as soon as extra
That I crave as soon as extra…
Properly, I don’t suppose it’s particularly reasonable to say
That I’m a sufferer of anyone’s second probability for me
‘Trigger I had a dream that you simply have been on the wall
At Carnegie Corridor
“’carnegie corridor’ encompasses all the weather of two blinks I had in my thoughts when beginning this undertaking,” Brown shared upon the monitor’s launch again in February. “Manufacturing-wise I wished to remain true to the emotions and motivations I had stepping into. This was to maintain every part in the actual world for the listener as finest as I may – embracing and inspiring the imperfections in my recording and efficiency, and likewise collaborating to attain that if obligatory. This music is an instance of that when it comes to collaboration – my good pal Rachel Dover joins me on this music to play violin. This actually lifted the imaginative and prescient I had for this music in its demo stage.”
The second monitor on the file, “i really like you” stays a dreamy, dazzling, and downright stunning a part of two blinks, i really like you’s burgeoning repertoire, but it surely’s actually considered one of 5 songs that each one sizzle and sparkle in their very own particular methods.
Brown’s private favourite is the EP’s third monitor “loveseat,” a mild big that rises from humble acoustic beginnings right into a vibrant indie folks storm as he dwells within the depths of his personal sepia-toned previous.
I left you soaking within the bleach
Not even the regulation
Might have seen what I noticed
I cannot bore you
With the small print of all of it
You threw a celebration with a catch
We have been on the loveseat, vaseline
I do know you realize, what I would like
I’ll spare the small print of all of it
“Lyrically, I’d prefer to suppose it’s in regards to the tiny elements of a relationship that when it’s ended change into obsessed over in some nostalgic romanticised capability, even when on the time it wasn’t significantly an excellent reminiscence,” he notes. “I additionally pay my respects to my first early web expertise – ‘chocolate rain.’ Discovering that at that age and time continues to be actually nostalgic for me, so I believe it form of bled into different areas of my life to look again on quite than simply particularly relationships.”
“Ending ‘loveseat’ and initially not pondering a lot of it, to then going again to the music and fleshing it out was actually a pleasant second for me, and the label, I believe, through the recording,” he provides. “I believe that music now has turned a spotlight on the file and I actually love the best way it sounds and feels with the instrumentation and manufacturing, which I fine-tuned quite a bit over the months of being a bit not sure about the way it ought to sound. ‘Carnegie Corridor’ form of felt the identical method – they’re songs I’m going again to and take heed to and really feel pleased with.”
These two songs include Brown’s favourite lyrics as nicely. “I believe considered one of my favorite lyrics on this EP is in ‘carnegie corridor,’ I like the road, “Don’t exaggerate your individual despair, you’d want a guillotine to chop your hair.” It makes me snigger a bit simply to perhaps cease now and again and go, “Am I really as unhappy as I really feel I’m, or am I simply egocentric?” There’s a lyric within the music ‘loveseat’ about watching ‘chocolate rain’ – that has a particular place for me, too!”
ep 1‘s finale, a duet with fellow Scouse singer/songwriter Poppy Shrimpton, is totally enchanting – an achingly stunning ending to an endlessly intimate 24-minute journey that takes us deep into the artist’s psyche. Regardless of listening to a lot of his music over the previous 5 years, this actually appears like a full-on reintroduction to Liam Brown. He’s beforehand described two blinks, i really like you as “the sound of introspection,” and darn if the slipper doesn’t match completely. The aching feelings on the coronary heart of this deeply weak music communicate to an artistry, and actually a human being, giving his full self over to each music.
“I hope that individuals can take away a number of comparable emotions relating to love and loss and attempting to determine what that each one means,” Brown shares. “I nonetheless don’t precisely know myself, you can also make a number of silly selections and actions in your 20s and I 100% have had my fair proportion of these. Attempting to place them right into a file to form of unpack them or determine who i’m as an individual is essential so if folks can hook up with that ultimately then that’s a giant win for me.”
Expertise the total file through our beneath stream, and peek inside two blinks, i really like you’s ep 1 with Atwood Journal as Liam Brown goes track-by-track via the music and lyrics of his newest launch!
Stream: ‘ep 1’ – two blinks, i really like you
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Carnegie corridor nonetheless is I believe the oldest music on the EP, I wrote it simply as I had moved into a brand new flat, I believe I’d watched Backyard State, the movie with Zach Braff and Natalie Portman. I used to be rinsing ‘new slang’ by the shins and form of wished to make my very own reply to that, subconsciously or consciously I don’t know. It’s positively considered one of my favourites. I’m actually proud of the best way it ended up sounding.
i really like you
I really like you was written about 1 month or so earlier than we have been planning to announce to finish of pizzagirl and begin of two blinks. I believe we initially had Carnegie corridor in thoughts for the primary single, however I believe I really like you felt a bit extra rapid and encompassing of the sonic and visible palette of the band.
There’s a little bit of a theme on reflecting on these songs of forgetting how a lot I loved them after revisiting them in outdated folders on my pc, this was one other one I felt that method about. I felt like hook sensible it had one thing fairly fascinating however I believe the session was so messy and disjointed that I couldn’t discover the motivation to revisit the music with contemporary ears. I believe one thing will need to have modified my perspective to simply knuckle down and work on it and I’m actually glad that I did. It ended up being one other considered one of my favourites and I believe captures just like the mundane romantic situations in my life that I lose sight of at occasions.
That is one other outdated one. It wasn’t a music that I had significantly championed within the choice strategy of demos to ship to the label, however I’d got here throughout the session file randomly and forgot how a lot I appreciated the music, it felt fairly easy and direct and sparse and it was one thing that not directly fitted completely into the sound of this EP.
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I can’t take actually a lot credit score for the way this music ended up on the ep, I used to be having a extremely uneventful day in work on reception and had my guitar with me and wrote this pretty throwaway and put it on my pizzagirl Instagram, my pal Poppy Shrimpton despatched me a message saying about including some harmonies over it and a few weeks later, she despatched me a model of the music along with her voice and I used to be actually moved by it. I wished to place it out proper then and there however I’m glad I waited for it to be on this file. Her voice is ideal for this music so it was fairly serendipitous.
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