Rachel Lightner of Nervous Dater and Greg Mendez team up on split EP

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Rachel Lightner of the band Nervous Dater and Philly-based solo act Greg Mendez have announced a split EP to be released September 6th, and each released a single from the upcoming 8-song album.

Lightner went acoustic for her part, with eerie keyboard over her guitar and doubled vocals. It evokes senses of Death Cab and Phoebe Bridgers, and shows off her more sentimental side with a modern sort of love song. The production is more lush than in her previous work, with a careful eye on reverb and delay that makes it wonderfully heart-wrenching. Meanwhile, Mendez sticks to his more laid-back punk folk, his vocals also doubled with a mumbly, conversational mood.  A light synth enters near the end of the track, but before it can build the song cuts out. Additionally, Mendez’ side of the album was mastered by Ian Farmer of Modern Baseball and Slaughter Beach, Dog, while Lightner mastered her own side, and both were ran through a tape machine at the end courtesy of Evan Bernard at Big Mama’s Recording.

Pre-order the EP here, and check out the first two songs below.

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