While the music of dance-pop duo Couch Prints may have started as a far-flung, trans-Atlantic collaboration between childhood friends Brandon Tong (Bass) and former member Jacob Truax (Guitar), the project has undergone waves of transformation in the heat of several New York summers. After a chance meeting with vocalist Jayanna Roberts, the project assumed form through the shared desire to explore where guitar-based indie, electroclash, and dance music coalesce.
From the jump, this unique sound found curious ears across the world. A string of three singles, recorded in a now-demolished Greenpoint rehearsal space, landed them placements on NYLON, Gorilla vs Bear, David Dean Burkhart, and Spotify’s Fresh Finds playlist, as well as a record deal with Fat Possum imprint label Luminelle. They released their debut EP Tell U in 2020 with Luminelle, described as “"A profound illumination of the ineffable... an intimate rendering of the self and the world." by Atwood Magazine.
Fostered by a collaborative spirit that served as a springboard for the outfit’s debut, Tong, and Roberts (with help from Truax) turned inwards for their second release, examining humanity and the surreptitious terror of being alive. What emerged from this introspection was Waterfall, a six-track “mixtape” that attempts to chart the ephemerality of life’s rapidly passing (and sometimes destructive) moments through an electronically-driven, roaming narrative. The tape centers on the American car crash, a bewilderingly violent act in an otherwise benign modernity, and our wider fascination with self-destruction.
Bolstered by cavernous production and a tactile instrumental approach, Waterfall makes equal space for recollective ballads and dextrous anthems. Analog synths scaffold Roberts’ intimate vocals during tracks such as “All I Know,” yet simultaneously serve as a catalyst for more kinetic cuts like “Impressions” and the effort’s title track. Taken all at once, Waterfall renders the transitory qualities of waking life in concrete terms, providing a place for perspective and repose amid the clamor. Waterfall was was engineered, produced, and mixed by Jake Aron at Studio Windows, it was mastered by Joe LaPorta.