The dream-pop duo Blushing Brydes are releasing their debut album, titled The Breaking In Our Hearts. The forthcoming 8-track project is the first musical collaboration between the two cousins Martin and David Bryde, inspired by a shared love of dreampop pioneers Beach House and the song-writing of Joanna Newsom, Low and John Grant. Using these influences as a foundation, the duo have crafted an album of tracks that reveal new depth and texture with each play. Out 1st October on Iffy Folk Records, The Fountain caught up with the band to discuss the album and their plans for the rest of the year.
TF: You have a new album out, what has the reception been like to The Breaking in Our Hearts?
Heart-warming! When you share near-finished mixes with family and friends you’re more expecting than hoping for a positive reply, so although it’s always good to get a feeling you’re on the right track, it’s more daunting when it reaches the big bad world. But should we have been worried? Who doesn’t love catchy dreampop with soaring choruses and heartfelt vocals about love and yearning?! Probably loads of folk, but thankfully they’ve not been in touch. We’re just so happy to hear it connecting with people. We tried to make an album of singles, so it is pop, but there’s substance there too. When we get told about a really specific part of a song that someone loves, be that a bridge, a vocal effect, a synth sound… it makes it all seem very worthwhile.
TF: And can you sum up the record in one sentence?
A shimmering, blissful album of dreampop that wears its influences on its sleeves.
TF: What is your plan for the remainder of the year?
Who makes plans anymore? To be honest, it’ll be great to just let the album breathe for a while and react to where it takes us. Making an album takes so much love, but also logistics – organising studio time, what tracks to record/finish/redo, when do we need the final mixes and masters, and then on to PR – so it’ll be nice to take a slightly more meandering route for a while. That reply sounds like the work of someone in the midst of post-release bliss, unaware and unsure of what to do next!
TF: When can we next expect a live show from you now that venues and gigs are kicking off again?
Since the start this has been a studio project. Made in the vacuum of live shows, and bandmates, this is the most studio-centric music either of us have ever made – the thought of not having to recreate a sound live meant we could go full on in the studio, and it was quite freeing. So, we’ll see. Maybe we need some Blushing Brydes holograms! Probably, like vinyl, there’s a long waiting list for those too.
The Breaking In Our Hearts will be released Friday, October 1st on Iffy Folk Records.