BRAEVES, “Bitter Sea”

Meredith Schneider

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Braeves is the pop rock project from creative trio Ryan Colt Levy, Derek Tramont, and Thomas Killian McPhillips VII. Having originally cultivated their sound on the streets of New York–and conquering performances at many well-known venues in the big city–they have decided to take their talent to Los Angeles, develop it further, and see if the west coast responds in kind. As a result they are releasing new music from their time spent there, and we must admit that California looks good on them.

Braeves executes their newest single, “Bitter Sea,” with insane eloquence. If you weren’t a fan previously, there’s a chance you might be now because of it. Every lyric is expressed with clarity and a charming pop sound. Don’t be misled, however, by the upbeat delivery of the piece. Listen to the words. In fact, we implore you. Lines like “All my silent superstitions wrap around you like the coast / If I’m wide awake, then why do I feel your ghost?” and “Deliver your unconscious state of mind” make you realize there is a darker core to the song itself.

“Bitter Sea” was masterfully produced in conjunction with Raymond Richards (Local Natives) and Dave Trumfio (Wilco, My Morning Jacket, Snowmine), so we’re guessing Braeves has already begun making a name for themselves–and that there’s more music greatness to follow.

June 30 – The Satellite (Los Angeles, CA)
July 21 – Molly Malone’s (Los Angeles, CA)

“Bitter Sea” is available now.

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