ARTIST NAME: Almost Sex
SONG TITLE: Eye To Eye
RELEASE DATE: April 23, 2021
Nick and Warren, of the alt-pop duo ‘Almost Sex,’ met on a dating app during the March 2020 lockdown in Brooklyn. Although they were unable to meet in person for several months, they worked remotely, sending lyrics and demos back and forth.
Little did they know, they were beginning both a romantic relationship and budding artistic collaboration. When they finally met in person, Nick and Warren recorded and released their first single, “Knockoff.”
Their consecutive singles range from bedroom-pop to alt-folk, melding narrative-driven lyrics with vibrantly textured production.
I didn’t know you
Were walking away
I had so much left
Much left to say
If you could forget
Like I wish I would
Then maybe we’d be there
Maybe we could
See eye to eye
If you can remember
Awake in the darkness
Nothing to say
Oh let me just hold true
Hold it tonight
I guess that we’ll never ever
See eye to eye
‘Cause when you showed me, love
All I heard were complaints
But I’ll appreciate you
When it’s all too late
I don’t know you now
I think you’d say the same
But maybe there could be some way to
See eye to eye
Name the artists that have influenced you so far.
The go-to artists we cite as our biggest influences are probably Bon Iver, Modest Mouse, Neil Young, and Alt-J. All pretty different in sound but we think they bring out the same level of emotion in the people that love their work. Before we met in person, we actually made playlists for each other with our all-time favorite songs and a lot of the artists overlapped.
As kids, we were both huge Beatles fans and still are, although we have different favorite Beatles, which has been a small point of contention…classic John vs. Paul situation.
Discuss your composition.
For us, building a narrative together has been a super successful way of collaborating. Warren typically writes lyrics with a specific story or characters in mind, often inspired by the mood of the melodies Nick is writing.
Share your press release and reviews with us.
We were super stoked to be able to premiere ‘Eye to Eye’ with Atwood Magazine:
“Vulnerable and bittersweet, Almost Sex’s fifth single cuts deeper than most songs as the duo dive into the poignant depths of connection and disconnect, ideology and understanding. An achingly emotional upheaval, “Eye to Eye” reckons with the differences that keep us apart through visceral lyrics and a raw, intimate performance…
“Eye to Eye” arrives this spring as Almost Sex’s most crushing work to date. The duo’s focus on ideological differences feels particularly timely, considering the increasingly visible social, cultural, generational, and political divides that have come to bear over the past five years. “Eye to Eye” supersedes all of these nuances, however – capturing from a greater perspective the pain of separation and the ways in which our differences can feel isolating and leave us hurt and down.”
– Mitch Mosk, Atwood Magazine
Elaborate on this song.
Mitch from Atwood really nailed the feelings behind this song in his write-up above. ‘Eye to Eye’ is about the specific type of distance when someone close to you is living on the opposite side of an ideological spectrum. ‘Eye to Eye’ is about how these differences can create walls in a relationship, and the longing to be on the same page: “But maybe there could be some way to, see eye to eye.”
Rate the social media and tell us the platform that works best for you in promoting your music.
Since our project began in September of 2020, and we were unable to play live, our promotional effort has been exclusively digital. Luckily, we’ve been able to make some amazing connections with local folks like Bands do BK, Pancakes and Whiskey, and Radio Free Brooklyn and Look at my Records. We of course try to share as much as we can on social media, but really look forward to playing live and making in-person connections.
State the areas that need improvement in the music industry.
The biggest challenge for us has been reaching the right outlets, finding blogs and playlists who are willing to listen and show genuine interest in small, independent projects.
We work really hard to get our music heard. There is definitely a big “pay to play” market with Spotify, which is unfortunate, particularly for smaller artists with extremely limited budgets like ours.
Tell us how you prepare yourself for a live performance or show.
We just played our very first live show on June 26th, in Bushwick with First Live and Bands do BK. It was a lovely environment for our first gig, really intimate and they have a great crew at the venue. We just rehearsed and had fun!
Tell us your opinion on the frequent releasing of singles or just an album in a while.
For now, singles have been a great way for us to stay engaged with friends and fans, especially as new artists. At the end of the year, we plan to wrap up our singles into two EPs; one with our more mellow folksy vibe, and the other for our more electronic side.
Mention the name of the artist you will be glad to see the live performance.
We are so lucky to be in a community with so many talented acts, and we are looking forward to seeing bands we have connected with digitally since last year. Recently we’ve been jamming to “Doing it All” by Foxanne, “Honey Eye” by Joyce, and “New Constellation” by Atlas Engine.
Tell us the themes of most of your songs.
Aside from working from a narrative, there isn’t really a single theme or style to our sound yet. Like most people, the music that inspires us doesn’t fit into a single genre. So we try not to limit ourselves too much in the music we make. We want to continue to make songs we feel proud of and write stories people can relate to.
Discuss your recording.
For our first few singles, the recording was done exclusively in Nick’s apartment. Since then, we have been working with our friend Ken, who is a musician and mix engineer, and a member of Nick’s old band, ‘Night on the Sun.’
Our songs still begin in Nick’s apartment, but we’ve taken demos to two recording weeks with Sam and Mark, also members of the old band, to get their ideas and expert instrumentals on the tracks.
Tell us how boring or exciting the music career can be.
Well, finding a partner on a dating app and forming a romantic as well as artistic connection was a huge item on the list of unexpected events of 2020.
Our remote collaboration was definitely a huge source of inspiration, joy, and motivation for us during the first few nerve-wracking months of quarantine.
It was incredibly exciting to finally meet in person. We’ve been writing, recording, and releasing tracks together ever since. Now, with things opening back up, we can’t wait to book more live gigs.
State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.
‘Almost Sex.’ Maybe the music is so enjoyable; it is almost sex? After our first few demos, we decided the project needed a name. Warren came up with it and Nick loved it straight away. And since we were unable to meet in person because of the pandemic, it seemed to fit. We were almost a band, we were almost dating? The name had a little humor to it, was memorable, and it stuck.
State the title of the song and the meaning.
The title of the track is ‘Eye to Eye’ and it comes straight from the lyrics: “Maybe there could be some way to, see eye to eye.”