In the works over the past three years, Quiet Friend, the collaborative project of Nick Zanca and Steven Rogers, arrives fully formed and bursting at the seams with shimmering promise. “Safe,” the lead single off of their forthcoming full-length, soundtracks the sort of bleary-eyed internal drama after a night out surrounded by people while still feeling completely alone. Sparkling synths and escalating harmonies spring out of dark atmospheres to offer a reassuring sense of calm through chaos.
“‘Safe’ was one of the first demos Steven, Alex and I put together for the album,” says Zanca. “To borrow a line from Arthur Russell, it’s a reflection on losing your taste for the nightlife. The song went through several drafts before reaching its final form, but from the start we were trying to capture a claustrophobic night out where sub-bass and shallow, drunken conversation become indistinguishable. Play this one loud on a walk home from a bad night out.”
Stream Quiet Friend’s “Safe” below and look for their debut, self-titled LP out March 9th via Elestial Sound.