Foamboy Issue Latest Single “Peach Smoothie” from Upcoming Album
When the press release arrive for Foamboy, I played the new track… and immediately fell in love with the infectious grooves. Their self-description as “jazz-inspired danceable pop with a hyper-personal lyrical edge” seemed perfect. Foamboy are the Portland duo of producer Wil Bakula and vocalist Katy Ohsiek. Their bio reads:
They met in Salem, OR and worked together for a number of years in the experimental musical collective Chromatic Colors. In this group, Wil and Katy collaborated with a wide variety of instrumentalists, released two full-length albums, and graced the stages of many outdoor festivals, bars, and basements. In the events of 2020, Wil and Katy took this time to take on a new project, and Foamboy came to be.
On “Peach Smoothie,” the production is magnificent. Synths swirl, and percussion lights up the track before the entrance of Ohsiek’s magical vocals. The vibe here reminds so much of Corrine Drewery and Swing Out Sister and also of Boombox. The disco elements and electronica merge so perfectly throughout the track, joyous and upbeat.
The duo offered this about the new single:
“Peach Smoothie” was written in the dead of winter about the sudden end of a young relationship. The trance feel of the song and the repeated lyrics are meant to evoke the hopeless, obsessive retracing of one’s steps to try to understand what went wrong. The melodic lines spiral out of sync with the chord changes, the way a mind can be stuck on multiple loops of thought. Much like the single “Better,” this is another song about feelings made worse by the winter. This tune in particular came to be in the winter of 2020, the first holiday season I spent away from home due to COVID-19 precautions. Taken out of the breakup context, this is also very much a song about aimlessly stalking around your empty house during winter break.
Foamboy will self-release their debut album My Sober Daydream October 1. The press release also suggested checking out the first single from the album, “Better,” which came out at the end of July. Consequence of Sound called it one of their favorites of 2021 to date. I took the recommendation.
OH EM GEE! Yes, this is another wonderful synth-scape with delicious vocals, but add to that a stunningly beautiful dance video, and suffice to say October 1 cannot come quickly enough! In the meantime, another new video/single is due out September 8!