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Review: "Ruins" - Eighty Ninety

"Ruins" is the newest release by musically-talented, brother-duo Eighty Ninety. Abner shines on the vocals, while Harper plays on the guitar. The song serves as a reflection of the past and how the heartbreak in our youth carries with us and influences the person that we become. Between gentle vocals and minimalist pop production, the song feels intimate and confessional. Their self-described "808s and telecasters" sound is a fusion of acoustic and electro pop that engages you throughout. Heartbreak and coming-of-age are universal experiences that this duo captures so beautifully in their latest single.

Eighty Ninety is not afraid to open up and be vulnerable in this telling track about heartbreak, longing, and reminiscing on the past. Their storytelling songwriting chronicles falling in love and then falling apart, as the seaside romance they found faded away like waves. The infectious melodies and changing tempos propelled the engaging track forward. They dive deep into their emotions with the lyrics like "We were just eighteen / Didn't really know what 'I love you' really means" and "You know, I got this feeling in my bones / You're gonna leave my life in ruins." Now that they have grown up and realized what love is, the 'what ifs' of the past relationships lingers on their mind and in the heart.

Indie-pop duo Eighty Ninety is composed of Brooklyn-based brothers Abner and Harper James. Debuting in 2016 with their EP Elizabeth, their strong lyricism and dreamy production has earned their music over 33 million streams. "Ruins" comes as the final single after earlier releases "The Hard Way," "Face Like a Sunset," Stay Alive," and "2 Carat" of their upcoming LP Eighty Ninety that releases on December 15. If you enjoyed this single, make sure to listen to their self-titled album. You can also keep up with the latest information on Eighty Ninety's music by clicking the social media links below.

Written By Sydney Gray



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