STREAM: New Animal – “Good Friend” (Demo)

New Animal

Once one of the city’s most prolific groups, New Animal have remained mostly dormant for over a year now, leaving fans to wonder when the band would be back to envelop us once again in the billowing ambiance of their dreamy psyche-pop. Cue now to “Good Friend,” a newly posted demo track that hopefully signals the group’s eminent return to the studio. Musically, it finds Kris Hermstad and Derek Burdette operating in their comfort zone with warm, diffuse vocals floating over the top of a mesmerizing swirl of starry-eyed guitars, buzzing bass and fluttering synths. It’s a majestic track that gains strength as it progresses, each passage building on the next until you find yourself encased in the radiant glow of the duo’s undulating dream-pop bliss. Few bands in this town can weave together melodies and harmonies like Hermstad and Burdette, and “Good Friend,” demo track or not, is one hell of a beautiful stunner. Give it a listen below.

New Animal will perform on Saturday, November 30 at the Earl in support of the Romenz. Fellow locals Easter Island open the show. Doors open at 9pm. $8 gets you in.

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