Rrest – “French Connection” (Stereogum Premiere)
Later this year, Atlanta duo Rrest will release a new EP entitled Tokyo Honeymoon, the follow-up to their home-recorded, self-titled 2013 debut. “French Connection” is a preview of what’s in store for the rest of the EP, which the band says comprises “voyeuristic vignettes.” Where their debut’s homemade quality made for a grainy listen, more sonic clarity has brought Rrest towards a dreamier sound. That is, a dreamier sound that’s dreamy in kind of a messed up way, like the half-remembered, haunting dream you struggle to recall but can never quite can. It’s a fitting aesthetic for an EP full of songs about observing characters from a distance, often from an ambiguous, and potentially threatening, perspective. “French Connection,” like the forlorn and faded artwork that accompanies it, sounds like processing memories, images, and people through some sort of scuzzy, VHS-quality remnants of the past, unsure of what old stories you might uncover.
Tokyo Honeymoon is out this fall, and “French Connection” is out 7/28. Pre-order it here.