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Friendship – “If You See My Beloved”

Friendship are a Philly-based band centered around Dan Wriggins’ narrative pull. His stories tend to be long-winded but confined to small moments, and the rest of the band — currently made up of Peter Gill, Mike Cormier, Evangeline Krajewski, and Jon Samuels — play into this in an unobtrusive but all-encompassing way. They’ve released a full-length, You’re Going To Have To Trust Me, in 2015, and an EP, F/V Hope, earlier this year, and in November they’ll follow those up with a new album, Shock Out Of Season.

“If You See My Beloved” is the gloomily sweet first song they’ve shared from it, and on top of a soft and chiming underbelly, Wriggins paints a picture of a relationship that’s entirely naturalistic and also perhaps fated to end. He sings in a conversational fashion about a trip to an art museum taken during the short breaks we get from the monotony of everyday life, but there’s hints throughout that one short wonderful time might not be enough to keep the clouds at bay. “Now it’s starting to rain on the only day we have off/ It’s starting to rain/ If it don’t bother you, then it don’t bother me.” It’s unclear whether the storm has already passed or if its a lull before the inevitable downpour, and Wriggins seems to find comfort in that uncertainty even as it becomes increasingly clear that the dream has to end. Listen below.

Tracklist:
01 “If You See My Beloved”
02 “Sal”
03 “A Few Weeks”
04 “Fuzzy”
05 “Workhorse”
06 “Sure, But”
07 “Skip To The Good Part”
08 “Moment Of Discovery”

Tour Dates:
08/12 Baltimore, MD @ E.M.P.
08/13 Washington, DZ @ Rhizome
08/14 Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s

Shock Out Of Season is out 11/3 via Orindal Records. Pre-order it here.

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CREDIT: Abi Reimold
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