Today, Real Numbers are sharing their final single/video “In The End” from their upcoming Slumberland Records EP via Week In Pop. Check out the premiere here. Brighter Then is out on March 19, 2021 via Slumberland Records.
Regarding the backstory of the song & video, Eli stated: As some of you may know there have been zero Real Numbers songs not written by me. This one right here was co-written with Cameron Soojian so it’s a first and I am very proud and excited that you get to hear it today. Its inception was a demo Cam recorded at home that was almost lost forever, featuring the chords, vocal melody and “In The End” lyric which I then arranged and added the rest of the words. Lead guitar is also Cam with Ian moving to bass guitar. The video was shot “pandemic-safe,” in separate locations at different times, tied together with Gordon Byrd’s expert editing and production. Key (to the shoot) was an old rotating Christmas light meant to illuminate a metallic tree purchased a few Christmases ago in Milwaukee, WI.
Following on from 2016’s Wordless Wonder LP and 2017’s “Frank Infatuation” single, Minneapolis’ Real Numbers are back with a brand new EP entitled Brighter Then. In the interim the combo has expanded to a 5-piece, adding Sophie Durbin on keyboards. Brighter Then was recorded over winter 2019/2020 and shows the band journeying deeper into late 80’s indie-pop than ever before.
The lyrics on the EP see Eli Hansen take a more personal and introspective tack revolving around relationships, shifting perspectives, and memories. The title track, which has been crafted slowly over the last few years around its circular lead, tackles the subject of evolving friendships – losses, gains and the acceptance of the present – and channels Sarah favorites The Wake and Brighter.
“Old Cross” and “In The End” were co-authored by Eli and Cameron Soojian and feature Cam’s distinctive lead guitar, while “Darling” is nothing short of a pure pop gem. The EP’s production finds the band at their most crisp thanks to Matt Castore and his A Harder Commune studios, and the 45rpm 12″ vinyl pressing showcases the tunes at their best. While never straying too far from their scrappy DIY roots, Real Numbers have broadened their sound with assurance, and fans of Felt and the Field Mice will be pleased with the results.