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Subtle Smiles

Subtle Smiles go on a celestial journey on self-titled debut single

It's a rare occurrence when a musical project decides to name a track after their namesake. But instead of self-promotion, consider Subtle Smiles' self-titled debut single as a definitive introduction into their hypnotic synth-pop. True to their name, the Long Beach duo—producer Brian Frederick and singer-songwriter Marley Rae—wield a low-key, yet richly textured sound that beams with scintillating intensity. "Starlight/ star bright," Rae playfully sings as frizzy synths and a lithe guitar riff proffer an unearthly atmosphere. "Subtle SMiles" should appeal to those who enjoy the dance-oriented balladry of New Order and the lavish, introspective pop of A Sunny Day in Glasgow. 

"Subtle Smiles" is featured on the duo's debut LP, Significant Other. Look out for a physical release later this summer via Donut Sounds. Juan Rodríguez


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