Standout Track: No. 3, “Waves,” a woozy, fuzzed-out stomper that puts a laptop-pop spin on the blues. Through thick slabs of distorted samples and unrushed guitar work, Brothers’ sole member Winston Berg sings, “And if you’re tired if you’re sleeping/And if I sneak inside your dreams/This was a romance worth repeating/But sorry kid, I’ve gotta leave.”
Musical Motivation: Berg’s distaste for buzz band Wavves helped inspire the song, the first under the Brothers moniker. “I sat down to do some sampling that day, and was like, ‘Alright, I’m gonna make this better than Wavves.’ That’s where the title comes from,” Berg says. Berg put the song together in a day, using a sample he lifted from Banjo Bonanza: 30 Big Hits for the song’s sturdy bass line.
School Daze: Hailing from Southlake, Texas, Berg moved to D.C. to attend George Washington University. The 18-year-old had been involved in some musical projects back in his home state, but his new status as “first-year college student” forced Berg to get creative. “I moved here and I was by myself, so I couldn’t really form a band with anyone,” he says. “This was around the time when I started experimenting with sampling more, and that’s how I make most of my songs…I turned out liking it a lot more than anything else I’ve done in the past.”