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“Bridges” comes from indie-pop four-piece Erthlings, an up-and-coming group consisting of four talented 16-year-olds—you read that right—out of Sydney, Australia. The release is the group’s debut single on label Future Classic (Flume, Jagwar Ma), and is a product of years of growth and collaboration following the group’s first meeting at a music school at age eight.
Opening with the pairing of snaps and frosty vocals—the epitome of cool-girl chill—vocalist Issy croons out the title line, “I’m finally free / burning bridges / now I can breathe / healing stitches,” before the track picks up, allowing a moment for each member to shine. Breezy, barely there harmonies contrast with drummer Lissa and bassist Taylor’s infectiously catchy rhythm section, and Jessame’s groovy (but decidedly not in-your-face) lead guitar to create a moment that’s explosive without being obnoxious about it.
In an industry that can be hard on teenaged girls, Erthlings embraces their young-woman status and write on their collective experience, which, in an entirely not shocking twist of events, is relatable in its honesty.
“It’s never been a weird thing for us that we’re a young, all-female band. We’ve never thought about it twice,” said Issy. “I think we’re doing what most people in music are doing. We’re just trying to write about what we know.”
You can hear “Bridges” below (or via your streaming service of choice here) and find the group’s tour dates further down.
Erthlings Tour Dates:
05 – Brisbane, Australia @ Bigsound
06 – Brisbane, Australia @ Bigsound
12 – Sydney, Australia @ The Lansdowne
13 – Syndey, Australia @ The Lansdowne
14 – Sydney, Australia @ The Lansdowne