I, Us & We
Sitting in my inbox was a message from a music promoter with two bands from California with completely different sounds. While both were fantastic, in their own right, one in particular stood out for me and for the purpose of Strawberry Tongue. Weaving a luscious and yet sparse landscape is the dream pop group I Us & We.
I, Us & We is a trio of brothers heralding from Los Angeles. It seems ironic to say that they build complex layers upon simple harmonies and lyrics, but that is what they do. Deeply rooted in the dream pop genre, their songs derive inspiration from disparate sources such as ambient electronic, R&B and classic pop. Their sound is both smooth and infectious. It’s been in my regular personal rotation and on Strawberry Tongue Radio for a number of months now. I listen to a bajillion new bands a week and I don’t always write about them, but, when they become a regular part of my rotation, I feel they possess a certain magic.
Their first EP, Mono, was released in March of this year and there are two tracks that are particularly strong including Sunday and Free. The strength in both of these tracks is within both the tempos and the space that they allow their dreamy sound to resonate.