Music Spotlight: More Giraffes
If you’re looking for the ultimate feel-good bop this summer, look no further. LA-based indie-pop duo More Giraffes, composed of Mark Hadley + Keeley Bumford, collabed with Sweater Beats on their latest single Playground, following their debut EP It Was a Joke. The new track invades our ears with More Giraffes’ distinct futuristic pop sound, addictively electrifying vocals + refreshingly simplistic lyricism, reminiscent of childlike wonder. Last week, More Giraffes + Sweater Beats put out a video for the single, directed by Zac Wolf, which is just as vibrant + fun as the track itself. We caught up with the pair all about Playground.
Asymmetric Magazine: Congrats on your recent release! Can you tell us about Playground and what it means to you?
More Giraffes: Thanks! Playground is all about letting go of the stresses and worries that come with adulting and channeling that little kid energy we all felt on the playground during recess. It's a nostalgic bop down memory lane.
AM: What was the most memorable part of making this song?
MG: We made it with Sweater Beats on the first day we met him. That session was really memorable, especially writing the second verse rap section. We had a lot of fun with that.
AM: Are there any consistent themes you typically pursue through your music?
MG: Absolutely. The goal of More Giraffes is to lift people up. We care a lot about inclusion and empowerment, and being present and enjoying life.
AM: We love your single artworks! How do you think they complement your sound?
MG: Thank you! Our sound is bright, fun, and focused. And maybe a little weird. We want our art to have the same qualities.
AM: For first time listeners, how do you like to describe your sound?
MG: We like to call it chill pop.
AM: What other musicians are you currently listening to?
MG: We love Tierra Whack. The new Vampire Weekend album has been on repeat heavy, as well. We try to keep our Spotify playlist updated with all the stuff we're checking out.
AM: Does Los Angeles play a role in your work?
MG: West coast, best coast. We channel chill vibes and think our sound is really a west coast sound.
AM: Do you have a place where you feel completely in touch with your creative self and your music?
MG: In the studio! We feel the most empowered when we're cooking up new songs.
AM: What can we expect to hear from you next?
MG: Next song coming in July! We're dripping singles out leading to our next EP, which will be out in September. After that, you can expect us to keep the music coming at a good clip. Stay tuned and keep up with us!
// listen to Playground (feat. Sweater Beats):
// Listen to more More Giraffes on Spotify.