Hear Silversun Pickups' Wistful 'Bloody Mary (Nerve Endings)'

Silversun Pickups / Photo by Sandra Steh
Silversun Pickups / Photo by Sandra Steh
Marc Hogan

Silversun Pickups recorded their follow-up to 2009's Swoon within shoegazing distance from where frontman Brian Aubert grew up. On the first radio single from the atmospheric Los Angeles rockers' May 8 album Neck of the Woods, that childhood proximity shows in more ways than one. Musically, "Bloody Mary (Nerve Endings)" recalls the way M83 manages to construct the ethereal guitar textures and romance-glistening synths of the John Hughes era into something distinctly modern. Aubert's wistful chorus, meanwhile, alludes to the spooky sleep-over game that South Park updated several years ago to involve Biggie Smalls. This five-minute dream-popper has more live-band muscle than your average chillwave '80s reverie, though the bittersweet emotional state it conveys isn't necessarily any easier to articulate. Listen when your stomach is in need of a good, tingly butterfly-knot, or just right now (via KROQ):


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