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Emerging from a bedroom in Bushwick, by Ryan Gross; the Brooklyn based solo project Skinny Dippers was brought to life. And last month, we were introduced to their exciting new sound as they released their debut single – Panties. Bringing us their brand new indie-led artistry, the vibrant soundscape we hear on Panties draws on their use of an eclectic range of genres; incorporating an assortment of indie-rock inspired guitar riffs, playful pop-esque arrangements and synth-inspired melodies.

An instantaneously foot-tapping, indie inspired instrumental, opens the track, as we are brought into the sonic world of Skinny Dippers through the opening bars of Panties. With Gross’ writing and musical composition taking inspiration from a vast array of artists – including the likes of The Beatles, The Cure and STRFKR – you can feel the influence of Gross’ diverse musical taste in the blend of dynamic synths, jangly guitars, and retro indie-pop elements we get on the track. 

When chatting about Skinny Dippers and his debut single, Gross spoke about how “Panties was born out of my habit of humming/singing my thoughts out loud and a bit too much time spent on Instagram. It’s a playful ode to realizing a romantic relationship is over by having the evidence broadcast into your eyeballs”. And through the light-hearted easy-listening melody, that lively playfulness comes to life; as the verses, that are filled with glimmering synths and gentle guitar melodies, steadily lead to a sparkly chorus that’s interspersed with vibrant instrumentals to create a warm and colourful soundscape.

“I like when songs can be playful and fun but are also rooted in real experiences. With the instrumentation I aimed to recreate a sense of mixed feelings which the listener can interpret for themselves. The verses are upbeat yet have the ominous pulsing of the warped synths. This then leads into the big sparkly chorus, but underneath the shine you hear the wavering warble of the guitars which accompany the uncertain lyrics describing that there must be “something moreeeee….to it”.

The perfect introduction to the new sound of Skinny Dippers; Panties is one track that will have you reaching for the loop button, and debuts Skinny Dippers as an emerging artist to watch. For more on them, and to follow their musical journey, head over to their socials @skinnydippersband

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