Mannequin Pussy - Darling

Mannequin Pussy - Darling


Treefort Music Fest is making its long-awaited return to Boise from September 22-26. All month long, we'll be featuring our favorite tracks by artists from the 400+ lineup, which includes Wild Honey Pie favorites like Japanese Breakfast, Tennis and The Marías.

The festival, originally scheduled for March 2020, was postponed due to COVID-19. To ensure the safety of attendees, Treefort will be requiring proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result, as well as encouraging festivalgoers to have masks on hand, as various forts will be mask-only. According to Festival Director Eric Gilbert, “This unique September version of Treefort is shaping up to be one of our best yet and we are looking forward to bringing the Treefort family back together to share and discover great music.” Tickets and more information are available here.

Chasing the tail of "Pigs Is Pigs," "Darling" opens with a starkly contrasting 5 seconds of meditative, wave-like static. Quiet, but steadfast octave jumps emerge next, in the form of a guitar flooded in reverb until time becomes almost meaningless. Heartbeat-like drums remind you where the beat falls, like the sound of your own breath in a dark room. It’s almost tempting to describe the track as unlike anything Mannequin Pussy has ever done, ending their Perfect EP in surprisingly delicate and tender territory. Its warmth is more like still-burning embers rather than the fire and brimstone that dominates the rest of Mannequin Pussy’s discography; however, it has the same lyricism full of brash vulnerability that cuts through everything in its path. The hot-blooded reconciliation of pain and the beauty of feeling intensely is reminiscent of "Drunk II," as the track dynamically moves through both states simultaneously. Each time the hook hits, it sounds even more like a challenge than a promise. “Darling, I will always defend you” becomes a double-edged dare, daring your darling to reciprocate your defense and daring the rest of the world to provide an opportunity to show your devotion. "Darling" is a beautiful example of what makes Mannequin Pussy’s work so deliciously compelling. It’s embracing your feelings with brutal honesty and rebelliously refusing to be ashamed of their intensity. It’s facing forward against whatever’s next, grasping your love’s hand tightly all the way, and proclaiming “I feel fiercely, and I am not afraid." Photo by Uv Lucas.

Allison Hill on September 17, 2021
yllwblly - Pick On You

yllwblly - Pick On You


yllwblly’s "Pick On You" is a vibrant treatise on being young, in love, and having absolutely no clue how to manage either. The rhythm guitar hits the ground running, and doesn’t slow for a moment. Grooving bass settles in, adding weight and even more momentum. It’s turbulent and exciting—just how it feels to be getting to know someone else alongside yourself. Spritely synths bounce around the hook, turning the half-serious discussion of boundaries into something playful, almost flirtatious. The verses are simultaneously vulnerable and loud in a way intimately familiar to anyone who has been an eighteen-nineteen-twenty-something. It’s a fond reflection on the days where naivety lent itself to raw, unfiltered honesty. There’s a certain charm in that brand of youthful candor, where subtlety only comes in the form of figuring out what you’re trying to say as the words are already tumbling out of your mouth. Nothing felt anywhere near as simple as it does in hindsight, but that was part of the joy too wasn’t it? The feeling of relationships being so simple and so complicated at the same time.

Allison Hill on September 14, 2021
Wild Pink - The Shining but Tropical

Wild Pink - The Shining but Tropical


Treefort Music Fest is making its long-awaited return to Boise from September 22-26. All month long, we'll be featuring our favorite tracks by artists from the 400+ lineup, which includes Wild Honey Pie favorites like Japanese Breakfast, Tennis and The Marías.

The festival, originally scheduled for March 2020, was postponed due to COVID-19. To ensure the safety of attendees, Treefort will be requiring proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result, as well as encouraging festivalgoers to have masks on hand, as various forts will be mask-only. According to Festival Director Eric Gilbert, “This unique September version of Treefort is shaping up to be one of our best yet and we are looking forward to bringing the Treefort family back together to share and discover great music.”

With each record, Wild Pink has elaborated on their sound through the addition of layered synths and slide-guitar. The introduction to 2021’s A Billion Little Lights, “The Shining but Tropical” is the amalgamation of the band’s move to maximalism with Springsteen flare. With the band’s masterful use of expressive dynamics, the track opens with a high but still leaves room for John Ross’s tender vocals. Dan Keegan and K.C. Brownell’s rhythm section propels the song with a hypnotic groove that allows the tranquil vocal melody to shine (no pun intended). Three albums in, Ross’s abstract but confessional songwriting continues to be a hallmark of Wild Pink’s allure. Reminiscing about watching a loved one’s emotional wonder at the connection between all things through a drug-induced trip, the chorus soars with the loving lyrics “You wanted peace / You wanted love / You deserve that much.” Paired with a music video starring Annie Murphy, “The Shining but Tropical” is an anthem of humanism. Photo by Hayden Sitomer

Sofia Soriano on September 9, 2021
ROSIE - Sad Sad Sad

ROSIE - Sad Sad Sad


The latest single from New York native ROSIE showcases her stunning songwriting and ability to weave internal turmoil, particularly anxiety and depression, into compelling poetry and musical storytelling. “Sad Sad Sad” is a slow-building end-of-summer song, as sparkly as it is “Sad Sad Sad.” Gentle but crisp guitar loops complement ROSIE’s light and evocative vocals, creating a sonic space that invites the listener in as the song crescendos and recedes again, like the ebb and flow of a tide, or the ups and downs of a mental health battle.

Quiet moments highlighting ROSIE’s vocals are balanced with perfectly placed dramatic drops. While the song title may seem broad, it’s the details in the lyrics of “Sad Sad Sad” that feel most relatable and bring the song to life. Lyrics like “Too many hours staring at the television / My therapist says it’s okay to rest / My friends are talking and I’m barely listening / They call me selfless but I’m self-obsessed”are bound to hit home for many. An outspoken mental health advocate, ROSIE uses her online presence and platform to create a welcoming, safe, and uplifting space for all, and has managed to do the same with this song, opening up a conversation around the importance of mental health and the day-to-day struggles that can come with it.

ROSIE’s highly anticipated next single, “Social Stamina,” a live snippet of which has already gained overwhelming traction on social media, is out tomorrow, September 10th. Photo by Ragan Henderson.

Maya Bouvier-Lyons on September 9, 2021
Heddy Edwards - white lightning

Heddy Edwards - white lightning


For a long time, the archetype of the mystical and autonomous woman has created a rift with audiences. With all sorts of adjectives projected onto them, the juxtaposition of their confessional songwriting and arcane personas proves to be a continuing force of magnetism. Artists like Stevie Nicks continue to be a sire in the vastness of the current music world. It is in this trend that Heddy Edwards lives. “white lighting” manages to feel both sparse and grand instrumentally, with the 80s influence oozing out of the reverb-heavy drums and synth melodies. Edwards’ rich vocals and lyricism so clearly transport you to a drive along the countryside where you can feel the wind gushing on your face through the open window, free from obstructions and hindrances. The setting is reflected in Edwards’ lover, who takes her back to that place of freedom and peace when she most needs it.

Sofia Soriano on September 8, 2021


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