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Indie pop duo .boy announce nostalgia-inducing EP Wolves/ Arrival

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Bedroom pop duo .boy return with their Wolves / Arrival EP: two tracks of  lovelorn, yearning vocals and nostalgia-inducing melodies that welcome you with open arms into their singular musical world. 

.boy is Roger Phelps & Joel Henry Blaeser. The two founded the project less than a year ago, after Blaeser felt deeply inspired by Phelps’ laptop demos during their time quarantining in Ohio. The collaboration had legs from the get-go, stemming from a shared affinity for a certain few all-time favourite artists and the belief that weird   equals good. Thus, a singular musical vision of something warm and inviting, yet uncanny was born; pop music as wacky and witty as it is wondrous and wide-screened.

The duo’s debut project, August, released towards the end of last year, garnered international praise for its unpredictable tessellation between genres, unorthodox collage-style production, and irresistible hooks. 

Wolves / Arrival further widens the lens of their world, evoking a pseudo-stadium feel decorated with orchestral elements, unconventional melodic leads transcendent of time and place, and strange recurring clock-ticking sounds. 

Wolves, an upbeat, animated tale of stoicism told through indie-rock brood, is followed immediately by Arrival | Departure, a vast vignette of longing, led by a powerful & unforgettable chorus. These two songs invite the listener to continue their journey through .boy’s mind, exploring uncharted territories yet providing a sense of comfort and warmth throughout.

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