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Teen's "Runner" is a synth driven infrared visual fantasy.

Artist Bio

The band TEEN came together at the turn of the decade, but its members have known each other their whole lives. Teeny, Lizzie, and Katherine Lieberson are sisters. Although they grew up in a musically vibrant Halifax hometheir father was the esteemed composer Peter Liebersontheir first band jelled once they all lived in New York.

Teeny officially conceived TEEN in 2010 while on break from touring as part of renowned band Here We Go Magic. Following her self-recorded 2011 release Little Doods, she invited her sisters to join the project, transforming TEEN into a full-blown band. Carpark records caught wind of Teenys work, and TEEN signed to the label for its proper debut album, 2012s In Limbo. The sisters unsurprising, inevitable chemistry manifests across the records sprawling, lo-fi psychedelia; the familial bonds that formed it gave it a strength that resulted in acclaim from publications including Rolling Stone, which claimed, the matter-of-fact beauty of [Teenys] sweetly somber voice and the albums unapologetically fat synthsproves highly evocative.

It was with their 2014 follow-up The Way and Color, though, that the sisters solidified their accessible but complex, psychedelia- and synth-informed pop lens through which they explore romance, womanhood, and social constructs. Of the albums more outr, electronic-influenced sounds, The New York Times raved: The bands new songs bloom with vocal harmonies and double down on intricate counterpoint. TEENs music never [loses its balance].

Good Fruit, the bands fourth and newest album, is its sharpest thesis yet. A meditation on life after love, its thematically the opposite of its predecessor, 2016s Love Yes, which The Guardian praised as reminiscent ofinventive late-70s to mid-80s pop groups. Musically, though, Good Fruit is the logical evolution of Love Yes massive uptick in synth use and sticky-hot choruses. The album boasts self-assured, skyrocketing synthpop anthems including Only Water and Runner, which betray the crucial lessons the sisters took from experiencing the distinct, enlivening ways that their myriad Love Yes tourmates employed synths. As with all TEEN albums, there are haunting ballads, most notably Pretend, which swells into a roaring synthetic climax as it details a relationships failure. A precise analysis of life after love, its an ideal note on which to end Good Fruit, a bold statement on moving forward and letting go of the past.

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