Brooklyn-based quartet Teen Body specializes in the straightforward subgenre definition of “dreamo.” The term, which was coined by a close friend of the band to describe their soundscape, now happens to be the title of their forthcoming sophomore LP. The mixture of earnest emo and the hopefulness that dream-pop generally carries with it makes up the sonic quality of Teen Body. The band has returned after releasing 2016 debut Get Home Safe with their first single off Dreamo called ‘Validation.’ Lush, honest, and clean guitars embrace this restorative new effort.

‘Validation’ is a shimmery dream-pop track that brings light to a surrounding darkness that has overstayed its welcome. Flowing into a landscape of hazy and bright tones, the blissful effort pilots its listener to this place of harmony. The sunlit echoes resemble the likes of Slowdive, Wild Nothing, and Alvvays, yet Teen Body navigates through their own lane of contemplative songwriting and tender sonic attributes. With all of the band’s heavenly arrangements intact, ‘Validation’ elicits the concepts of hopes, dreams, and desires. Call the song dream-pop, emo, “dreamo” or anything else really, so long as you call it great.

Singer/bassist Alexander French shared his take behind the band’s new single:

"This is definitely a track about the pitfalls of being an artist. I’m picturing creativity like an engine that occasionally needs some form of outside reinforcement to keep moving. That’s kind of how the chorus goes; you have the inertia of motivation and the resistance of frustration playing on each other. You can get a fair amount of satisfaction from writing songs in your room alone, but in my experiences, it always ends up being a zero-sum game if people don’t hear it. Then you fall into an existential pit of despair and question all your life decisions that led to you being an artist. It’s funny cause our guitarist Bush HATES it and thinks it’s like, “oh I’m just pining for validation meh look at me” but I guess I never tried explaining the song to him."

Teen Body is made up of Alexander French (vocals, bass), Shannon Lee (vocals, guitar), Alex Bush (guitar), and Marcus McDonald (drums). ‘Validation’ will be released on January 29th. The band’s LP Dreamo is set for an April 12th release via Broken Circles.

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