The Twin Cities have been fostering some of the year’s strongest breakout acts, offering a well-rounded musical scope without the added hype of a major metropolitan home base. A refreshing change of pace, the unlikely northern scene’s given us hip-hop standouts, like Lizzo and Allan Kingdom, and underground stalwarts, like Suzie and Royal Brat, now rolling out its latest export, Fraea: a slinky two-piece outfit with a debut EP Bend Your Bones, due out April 29.
Comprised of collaborators Jessie Daley and Drew Preiner, the forthcoming “shadow-pop” project plays with droning, ethereal synths, easy-listening melodies and smart, wistful storytelling. Their lead single, “Criminal,” is a perfect introduction to the six-track EP, packed with optimistic production and Daley’s bright, delicate vocals; “keep holding on,” she repeats earnestly, manifesting “years of lonely love songs scribbled on notebook pages.”
Today, the promising pair returns with Bend Your Bones’ opening track, “Trouble,” which we’re premiering exclusively on BULLETT. “At once colorful and dark, moody and approachable, and pixelated yet smooth,” Fraea showcases the seamless duality of their sound through this entrancing sophomore buzz cut. “Oh, oh, oh, trouble trouble,” Daley coos above a surging chorus. Listen, below: