Track Premiere: Okay Embrace – “Drought (Song of California)”

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“Drought” is a beautiful homage to the wonderful state of California. This love song can be heard below! With delicate, embracing textures and a multitude of winding guitar parts, Okay Embrace find a way to capture the atmosphere by sprinkling elements of folk rock into the progressions.

“Drought,” a standalone single and Okay Embrace’s first release, was recorded upon Schaefer’s return to Los Angeles following the completion of Moving/ Improving. It was tracked at Balboa Recording Studios with engineer David Jerkovich, and is the first Okay Embrace track to include live band members Micah Preite and Cole Brossus, who play guitar and bass respectively. Notably, the song includes 5 guitar solos, with 4 by Schaefer and 1 by Preite.

Okay Embrace is the new project of Los Angeles based songwriter and guitarist David Schaefer. Schaefer, now 20, has been a part of the DIY music scene in Los Angeles since his early teens, collaborating with other artists such as Phoebe Bridgers and Girlpool and previously releasing music under the name French Negative. Schaefer’s work in French Negative was praised by a number of publications, with Stereogum’s James Rettig describing his music as ‘simply constructed yet deeply effective’ and saying he is ‘blessed with a voice that sounds irreverent and earnest in equal measure.’ In Okay Embrace, Schaefer crafts formally experimental pop songs with literary lyrics and an abundance of interlocking guitars. Schaefer recorded the first Okay Embrace album during his two years at Hampshire college, working with Dinosaur Jr./ Pixies engineer Justin Pizzoferrato at Sonelab Studios. The album, Moving/Improving, is due out in Fall of 2018.

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