Enter Loren Berí’s (InstagramSpotifyTikTok) writerly whimsy mixed with Sea Glass’ (InstagramSpotifyTikTok) adorning production in “Sonneteer.” The lush orchestral pop single is co-written and produced with (fellow New Yorker) Sea Glass, the project of producer Jake Muskat. “Living in prose / For the glam and the grit,” sings Berí in his characteristic tenor—“A page in your hand / A wink in your wit.” It’s a tale of a writer’s trials and travails—and trying to get out of a rut (“Life is a band / You’d like to quit”).

Deft storytelling is bolstered by a twinkling kaleidoscope of vocals atop Sea Glass’ playful guitars and keys, strings by Jared Saltiel, and percussion by Mauro Refosco (David Byrne, Atoms For Peace). “Sonneteer” is from Sea Glass’ album A Walk In The Woods, out February 9th 2024.

The opening lines came while I was walking: “We painted rings around our eyes so now we’re paying for it / They stole your manuscript we meant to burn though they adore it”. It gave me this sense of two characters who’ve run themselves ragged in pursuit of their art, and got famous for it accidentally—fame was not even a thing they wanted,” says Berí.

The later lines “In Sunday clothes / Phoning in the skit / Life is a band you’d like to quit” speak to the characters being far along on their path of being artists, but now they’re uninspired, they’re just ‘phoning it in.’ The skit being, whatever artist they’d set out to be when they were younger—and underneath the “living in prose” and “glam and the grit” they’re sussing out how to keep being an artist while being miserable or uninspired, wanting to quit the band called life.

I set out to write an uplifting soundscape that nods back to my golden days of indie pop,” says Sea Glass. “From the start it felt like I was climbing a mountain, and that the right sound was a tangible peak. What started as a simple climbing chord structure unfolded to include a multitrack guitar based symphony. When Loren shared his melody and lyrics I knew we were on the same page. This was a song that needed to have its own world and characters.

The addition of Jared Saltiel’s beautiful string arrangements, and the harpsichord melody by the end, provided the crescendo I’d set out to reach when I began.

Sea Glass – Bio

Sea Glass is the indie pop project of New York-based producer Jake Muskat. Inspired to release music after the birth of his first child, Sea Glass’s music taps into universal emotions around growing up and dreaming. His sound invokes yearning, hope and nostalgia filtered through a positive lens. 
 Sea Glass has been praised by the likes of Indie ShuffleWonderland Magazine, WFUV, Record of the DayThe Wild Honey Pie among others. Garnering over half a million streams, he was interviewed on NYC’s WFUV as a recipient of the Silver Sun Foundation Artists Residency in Woodstock, NY. He spent his time there working on his debut LP.

Loren Berí – Bio

Brooklyn-based musician Loren Berí writes fanciful yet resolutely down-to-earth songs, in a style FLOOD Magazine calls, “wildly magnetic and hilarious.” Berí released his debut EP Stray Cat Kingdom in 2022, including singles “Greta’s Inn” (feat. Kishi Bashi and Mauro Refosco) and “My Brooklyn (Is Better Than Yours).”

Berí released a series of singles in 2023, leading to his debut album later in 2024. The full-length record is lush, expansive psych-pop at its richest and most tantalizingly melodic, introducing a bold new voice in indie pop and inviting listeners to explore the bigger picture not only on the album, but with life itself as well. It’s an evocative, deeply felt journey to the heart of the real, marking an auspicious debut for Berí as a songwriter and artist. Berí has performed at Germany’s Stereostrand Festival and numerous stages in New York City including Mercury Lounge and Berlin Under A.

20 februari 2024
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