If you only listen to one thing today…I totally recommend it be the preview of the emotive and beautiful upcoming PYYRAMIDS LP, Brightest Darkest Day! I am very, very excited to share this with you!
Listen to the preview: PYYRAMIDS – Brightest Darkest Day.
Folks who’ve read Conversations with Bianca for a while now, will know I adore this band. I interviewed frontwoman-singer-songwriter Drea Smith a year ago (PYYRAMIDS’ Drea Smith: Making Music, Style, Doc McKinney & American Horror Story) when their Human Beings EP (which you can buy here) first dropped…and now a year later, I am pinching myself to make sure that it’s not a dream, that I have actually gotten to work with them!
Drum roll please….I wrote their latest bio!
PYYRAMIDS is the dark and mysterious union of two beautifully creative minds joined together from great distance. Improbably comprised of Tim Nordwind and Drea Smith – he from the indie rock band OK Go, she from the electro-pop outfit He Say/She Say – the duo initially bonded over an affinity for first-wave British post-punk and 80’s Manchester bands. “We were an unlikely combination, and that seemed like reason enough to try it,” Nordwind explains. After a mutual friend introduced the pair via email, a dialogue started and a fast friendship was forged…the musical ideas began to flow back and forth via email. “We didn’t have any specific goal, we just started writing and these songs emerged,” elaborates Smith.
Feeding off each other’s energy, productive beat maker Nordwind and thoughtful lyricist Smith wrote a handful of songs before they ever met in-person. Over time, PYYRAMIDS’ sound began to emerge, favoring stripped back instruments mixed with electronic elements and layered with Smith’s laid-back soulful vocal delivery to produce a mystical, intimate sound. Critics have said of Smith’s crooning it’s as if “Billie Holiday grew up listening to The Smiths.” “I’ve never really heard indie music with a voice like that,” Nordwind explains. “It adds three-dimensionality to the moods, beats and chords.”
To find out more about them and read the entire bio head to PYYRAMIDS.com.
I’m super lucky and honoured to have already heard Brightest Darkest Day in its entirety, and I have to say it’s definitely already made my ‘Greatest Albums of 2013’ list. Listening to it gave me the same feeling as when I first listened to, and discovered the magic of No Doubt’s Tragic Kingdom and Hole’s Live Through This—albums that were both important, vital soundtracks for my teenage years and that I still treasure ’til this day.
Brightest Darkest Day track listing:
1. Brightest Darkest Day (intro)
2. Smoke And Mirrors
3. Don’t Go
4. Do You Think You’re Enough?
5. Paper Doll
6. Everyone Says
7. Invisible Scream
8. Time (Interlude)
10. That Ain’t Right
11. Nothing I Can Say
The following, are two songs included on the new record:
That Aint Right:
The first single – ‘Do You Think You’re Enough?’ – from Brightest Darkest Day is out January 28. The LP release is set for April 9 and PYYRAMIDS will be performing at this year’s SXSW Music Festival. Make sure you catch them!
Also, if you’re into punk rock, inspiring art, healthy eating, kick ass books and super cool style check out Drea’s blog ‘Adventures of A Girlwonder’.
Stay tuned for an in-depth interview with both Tim and Drea talking in-depth about Brightest Darkest Day coming up on Conversations with Bianca soon!
Support great people doing great things,
*PYYRAMIDS photo by Eleanor Stills