BY AMBRELYN RODRIGUEZ
“Heartbeat,” the newest single from Philadelphia-based band Buddie, is the first single off their upcoming EP Diving slated to release July 17 via Crafted Sounds. The light melody balances out darker lyricism on the upbeat yet pensive track, pondering the destruction of Earth by the overconsumption of fossil fuels.
Their first release since they put out their EP Change of Scenery a year ago, the single is right in line with the ethos of Buddie. The four-piece act says they write fuzzy, poppy, rock songs about social anxiety, environmentalism, and trying to be a good person.
Buddie strategically incorporates instrumental solos to break up the heavier content of the vocals, providing the listeners an opportunity to fully absorb the lyrics — and even mourn our planet with the band. The line “Won’t ever trust the unseen evidence / Especially with the hope of being rich” really resonated with me. The lyrics address how some people refuse to believe in climate change, and the way that capitalism blinds us from the decimation of our natural world. As the song comes to a close, the repetition of “We’re searching for a heartbeat now” suggests that the environment is struggling to stay alive, to the point that we can barely find its heartbeat.
While I enjoyed “Heartbeat” from the first listen, it took a few repetitions before I was able to pick up on the meaning behind the song. Once I understood the commentary on the ruin of the environment, I respected Buddies vision and priorities even more.
While we await the rest of Diving, stream “Heartbeat” and take a second to think about the lyrics more deeply.
STREAM “HEARTBEAT” AND SUPPORT BUDDIE BY LISTENING TO YOUR MUSIC PHYSICALLY!
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