ABOVE: ANDREW MARR. PHOTO COURTESY OF YONI SHRIRA AND JOIE ESTRELLA.
“Trust,” the latest song from Brooklyn-based indie darlings Ski Lodge, has a charmingly dissonant quality. On one hand, its head-bopping synth beats, retro bouncing riffs, and airy soundscapes are worthy of closing out a 1980s John Hughes film. However, upon closer inspection, its poetically subdued lyrics (“I don’t want to listen no more / I don’t like when you act like you’re the only thing that I’ll ever love”) dig into a deeper and more earnest vignette.
“It had a certain pulse and throbbing to it and made me think about lust and desire,” says singer-songwriter Andrew Marr–no relation to Johnny, despite melodic similarities–about the track, which we’re pleased to premiere here at Interview. “It inspired me to write about that feeling when you just want to give yourself to someone completely, and about the questions and frustrations that come along with it.” The resulting sound is a modern take on the ’80s Britpop aesthetic for the chillwave generation, which is particularly elevated with Marr’s ennui-laden vocals.
“I like to explore different themes in music,” Marr, who founded Ski Lodge in 2011, continued. “I think they’re all pretty generic and widely accepted as being part of the human experience—things like lust, love, desire, anger, fear, sex, and sadness. Sometimes my music is about specific experiences I’ve had and sometimes it’s just my own projections of those themes.”
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