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Watch Friendship’s sometimes-gritty, sometimes-idyllic video for “If You See My Beloved”

Friendship | photo by Abi Reimold | courtesy of the artist
Friendship | photo by Abi Reimold | courtesy of the artist

The opening track off Friendship‘s Shock Out of Season is the rambling “If You See My Beloved,” which in its five minutes sets the tone for the soft and drifting narrative-driven album. The Philly indie folk outfit released their new LP last month and recently shared a video for “If You See My Beloved” that grounds the song’s dreamily ambient tones in everyday images shot around town on 35mm film. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Lone Bellow at Union Transfer, Friendship at Everybody Hits, AllegrA at Planet Phitness, and more

The Lone Bellow
The Lone Bellow | Photo by Hope Helmuth for WXPN | hopehelmuth.com

The wait is almost over for The Lone Bellow‘s long-anticipated Union Transfer appearance, the band’s first Philly show in two years. If you missed out on today’s sold out Free at Noon, you can still catch the folk rockers tonight, along with openers The Wild Reeds. The Lone Bellow released their third studio album Walk Into A Storm in September. Find tickets and more information on tonight’s show on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Stream Friendship’s Shock Out of Season

Friendship | photo by Abi Reimold | courtesy of the artist
Friendship | photo by Abi Reimold | courtesy of the artist

Ahead of its Friday release, Philly’s Friendship have shared their new album Shock Out of Season in full with an early stream. Known for their minimalist narrative-driven folk tunes, the latest release is a steady progression of the solid foundation the band has built over the last few years, filling out their sound with a more robust, atmospheric sound. Shock Out of Season follows the band’s two previous releases: 2015’s You’re Going to Have to Trust Me and recent EP F/V Hope. Continue reading →

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Friendship release gentle new single “Skip To The Good Part”

Friendship | photo by Abi Reimold | courtesy of the artist
Friendship | photo by Abi Reimold | courtesy of the artist

Philadelphia indie group Friendship just released their third single from their upcoming project Shock Out of Season, out November 3rd on Orindal Records. The first two tracks, “If You See My Beloved” and “Sal”, are tender meditations on miscommunication and solitude that move listeners with ringing synths, melodic acoustic sections, and comfortable Kurt Vile-esque vocals. Continue reading →

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PREMIERE: Friendship looks to the high road on the new song “Sal”

Friendship | photo by Abi Reimold | courtesy of the artist
Friendship | photo by Abi Reimold | courtesy of the artist

Philly collective Friendship continues to find new angles and approaches into the songwriting of band leader Dan Wriggins.

While their 2015 debut You’re Going To Have To Trust Me was built largely around minimal folk in the vein of Songs Ohia and David Bazan, the new song”Sal” — the latest from the band’s sophomore album Shock Out Of Season, out next month on Orindal Records — opens on trap beats and nervey, reverberating guitar.

Once things kicks into full swing and Wriggins’ familiar deadpan vocals enter, it’s clear this is still the Friendship we know — his words take on a sense of dejected anxiety, something he notes is both personal and cynical: “Sal, how are you doing? It’s easy to tell you’re doing right if it feels like losing.” Continue reading →

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Listen to Friendship’s steady-going, emotional new single “If You See My Beloved”

Friendship | photo by Abi Reimold | courtesy of the artist
Friendship | photo by Abi Reimold | courtesy of the artist

Philly indie folk outfit Friendship have just shared a new single in addition to announcing a release date for their sophomore album, Shock Out of Season, which will be out on November 3rd via Orindal Records.

“If You See My Beloved” is a five minute long track that edges along to a steady beat and a static electro atmosphere. The power of the song lies in the lyrics, however, with frontman Dan Wriggins’ conversational, stream-of-conscious words painting a picture of a deteriorating relationship through his realistic recount of a rainy day excursion. Continue reading →

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Friendship debut “Rich Man,” the first single from new F/V Hope EP

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Friendship | photo courtesy of the artist

Local outfit Friendship are out on the road right now for a pretty serious national tour, but when they return on May 27th it’s to release a new EP called F/V Hope via Sleeper Records. While in Galveston, TX (according to their tour flier) a few days ago the country-tinged folk rockers shared a lead single from the record called “Rich Man,” which you can listen to below.

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Folkadelphia Session: Friendship (ft. Abi Reimold)

Friendship (sans Reimold), courtesy of the artist.
Friendship (sans Reimold), courtesy of the artist.

Back during the first half of 2015, we only knew Friendship as a social concept that we were bad at participating in. We ended 2015 with a new favorite band. Thanks to a “mysterious EP” (as posted by The Key) and a Folkadelphia house concert with Maine’s Jacob Augustine, Friendship really held our attention as we greatly anticipated their eventual debut full length, You’re Going to Have to Trust Me. With its somber country sound somewhere between Jason Molina and Gram Parsons (as WXPN’s John Vettese nicely describes it), Friendship hits that sweet spot where our interests in existentialism and pedal steel guitar converge.
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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Friendship at All Night Diner, Jarekus Singleton at Sellersville Theater

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Friendship | photo by Abi Reimold | courtesy of the artist

Local favs Friendship play All Night Diner tonight in a rare six-piece set-up. The (mostly) Maine natives will be joined by their Ohio-based keyboardist and a recently added flautist, giving the already hauntingly structured songs that populate last year’s stand out You’re Going To Have To Trust Me LP even more nuanced depth. Revisit “Responsible” from the record below and get more information for the show here. The Dove & The Wolf, Field Sleeper and Curtis Cooper also play.

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