Teen Ravine – “Friend of a Friend”


Teen Ravine is a Toronto-based duo whose debut single, “Friend of a Friend”, is ear candy from the get-go, with wistful vocals and melodically caressing keys building toward an illuminated synth-tinged hook that merges nostalgic sophisti-pop with an effervescent fondness for vintage synth-pop, akin to the production of Mitch Murder. There’s also an anthemic quality in the vocal performance, especially as the hook hits, that reminds of an airier Springsteen. And yeah — that sax solo after the two-minute mark is apt-as-hell and pure bliss. I’m really digging this one.

The duo, Nick Rose and Dan Griffin, tackle a familiar sentiment on this track and throughout their upcoming debut album, being the desire to get close but not too close — which they refer to as “the hallmark of a generation’s struggle with the desire for, and fear of, intimacy.” The album was created during a rough patch, when Rose parted ways with a long-term girlfriend and Griffin was recovering from a tramautic brain injury that limited him to a dark room for a year. Their musical collaboration was partly a form of recovery, which results in a beautiful melding of soft-rock, synth-pop, and R&B, citing influences as wide as Christopher Cross, Sade, Michael McDonald, Paul Simon, Fleetwood Mac and Paul McCartney. Look out for the rest of the album this fall.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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