[video of the week] Best Fern – On and On

“On And On” is the second single from the forthcoming ambient dream pop album “Earth Then Air” by Best Fern, aka Montreal’s Nick Schofield and NYC’s Alexia Avina. Earth Then Air will be available digitally & on both black and clear 12″ vinyl starting 3 February 2023 from Youngbloods & Backward Music.

The music captured on “Earth Then Air”, the debut album from ambient pop duo Best Fern, encourages a gentle wonderment of the world. Musicians Alexia Avina and Nick Schofield recorded the collection of delicately balanced songs while in residence at the Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity, surrounded by the elemental glory of the Rocky Mountains. The natural wonder of their environs, along with the access to a myriad of acoustic instruments, helped the duo create their most grounded work to date as they reached closer to earth than air for inspiration.

Beginning with the propulsive rhythm of opening track ‘On And On’ and the crystalline structure of lead single ‘Way Inside’, it’s clear that Earth Then Air marks an arrival of form. Throughout the album, Best Fern sustain an ethereal middleground between ambient and pop, inviting a fluid approach to their roles as co-musicians and co-producers. The result is a seamless blend of their sensibilities: dulcet melodies giving way to trance-inducing pools of texture, empyrean vocals lifting up ribbons of sound.

“Earth Then Air is centred as much around songs as it is with atmosphere”. Touchstones for the unacquainted listener could be the spacious emotional containers of Majical Cloudz or the fractalized flows of Kailtyn Aurelia Smith.




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