Psymon Spine, the Brooklyn indie/dance collective, today shared a new music video for their song “Milk” (feat Barrie), which was made over the past month using Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
Bandmember Noah Prebish explains how they got the idea: “We were trying to come up with a way to shoot a music video together during a pandemic, with Sabine stuck in Germany and Barrie being god-knows-where. I remembered that my sister is a genius wizard and Nintendo dork and thought: ‘what’s more quarantine than a hap-hazard Animal Crossing video organized via a bunch of confusing Zoom calls?'” The video’s director, Maya Prebish, adds: “When Noah came to me with the idea, I jumped onboard right away. It was a lot of fun turning Psymon Spine and Barrie into villagers, and I think it was a super fun way to bring everyone together even though they’re dispersed all over the world at the moment. I don’t think any of them know how to fish in real life, but that’s creative license.”
Watch the video here:
After a three year hiatus, Psymon Spine shared the track to announce the band’s return and that new member Sabine Holler officially after meeting Noah Prebish while playing together in Barrie. Since the songs release, “Milk” has received airplay on BBC Radio 6 Music; earned praise from publications such as Vanyaland, High Clouds, Echowave Magazine, The Revue, Hype Machine, among many others; found it’s way onto Youtube channels such as David Dean Burkhart, Nice Guys & Birp.fm; landed on Spotify playlists like Undercurrents, All New Indie & Fresh Finds; and featured by Matt Wilkinson on Apple Music.
Psymon Spine fuse psychedelic pop and the deep grooves of dance music, the Brooklyn electronic pop outfit’s origins date back to core members Noah Prebish and Peter Spears meeting in college and finding common ground in their artistic aims and influences. Eventually, Brother Michael joined Psymon Spine, as the trio hashed out the demos for what would become their 2017 debut and continued on that aesthetic mission by becoming figures in the Brooklyn dance scene through throwing the immersive art and dance parties via their Secret Friend series.
Meanwhile, Prebish’s work in dream-pop band Barrie—who broke out last year with the excellent debut Happy to Be Here following a string of buzz-making singles—led him to meet singer and multi-instrumentalist Sabine Holler, who also eventually joined Psymon Spine.
Psymon Spine’s glimmering melodies bear resemblance to the pop smarts of Barrie—but Psymon Spine are on a whole different journey too, embracing and exploring left-field electronic sounds ranging from disco’s high-energy rhythmic breakdowns to the upward build of early techno and motorik’s indelibly incessant pulse. Psymon Spine put their own loopy and addictive stamp on the sounds of the past throughout, with surprises at every turn and the type of lush synth work that could only come from such brilliant students of dance music.
Select Praise For Psymon Spine
- “aural magic that can happen when all the right pieces fall into place … experimental pop, twisting around the duality of youthful optimism and the encroaching anxiety of adulthood” –Consequence of Sound
- ” rhythms and perspective so far out, it’s nearly intergalactic.” –Vanyaland
- “quite rightly blowing up on the blogosphere.” –Teases and Dares
- “a gift… this latest single could skyrocket them to new heights. Keep an eye out for these guys. They’ve got something special.” –Echowave Magazine
- “a rainbow of genres … None of these textures ought to fit together, but Psymon Spine have a knack for fitting square pegs in round holes.” –SPIN