Premiering below is “Reverie,” the first single from Brooklyn-based band Steady Sun’s forthcoming album Flora. Having formed the band in 2011, guitarist and vocalist Dylan Nowik previously released an EP and LP, each of which sonically explored pop elements. Now, however, Nowik, alongside Andrew Emge (drums), Slack Barrett (keys/synths), Danny Rose (bass), and Peter Victor-Gasper (lead guitar), has shifted toward a more rock-oriented approach.
“Earlier, I was more interested in a combination of folk, baroque/chamber pop, that sort of thing,” Nowik explains. “This time around, I was getting into psychedelic rock and also became more fixated on rhythmic elements.”
“Reverie” relies almost entirely on only one guitar chord, allowing percussion elements to come to the forefront. The song’s dreamy, sun-kissed melodies are paired with mood-matching lyrics: “Come tell me all about the past and the future / Tell me how you feel / and tell me how you felt.” We can easily imagine sitting in the summer sun, under a tree, listening to the song, and doing just that.
Unlike Steady Sun’s debut Good Evening, which was recorded at Rose Studios in Brooklyn, Flora was recorded over the course of two weeks in an upstate New York barn, with post-production taking a full seven months. The resulting sonic shift weaves throughout Flora‘s 12 tracks, introducing naturally occurring sounds (think: the recordings of bugs) as well as experimental instrumentals (a self-described “massacred crash cymbal”).