Brooklyn risers Been Stellar have shared their new single ‘Manhattan Youth’.
The band’s new EP is incoming, while a flurry of UK shows culminates in a show at seminal South London new music redoubt the Brixton Windmill on July 13th.
Each new song from Been Stellar is, to be quite honest, exceptional and new cut ‘Manhattan Youth’ is no different. A pounding, punchy, extremely direct piece of indie rock, it wears its influences – PIXIES, Sonic Youth – on its sleeve, while adding something very new.
Been Stellar comment…
“‘Manhattan Youth ponders the ways in which the city shapes a child’s worldview. In many ways, this song is a reaction to the typical ode to romantic New York. When living in a place like New York, one is subjected to disturbing, saddening, and gruesome scenes regularly. This reality is especially true for children growing up in the city.”
“Musically, the song started with a looping drum pattern Laila came up with. At the time we were experimenting with sounds and rhythms that felt outside of our usual pallet, like Talking Heads and Jorge Ben Jor. For a long time we thought of the song as an instrumental jam, but began to lean into the poppiness of the track as it developed.”
Tune in now.
Photo Credit: Naz Kawakami