While 2004 brought the world Facebook, Mean Girls, and the final episodes of Friends, it also brought the debut EP from Cary Brothers. If the name rings a bell, Brothers’ critically acclaimed single “Blue Eyes” was featured on the Grammy-winning soundtrack of Zach Braff’s Garden State. The following years were incredibly successful for the artist who not only released a handful of EPs and two albums, but also continued to license his music on hit shows and movies such as Grey’s Anatomy, Scrubs, One Tree Hill, Pretty Little Liars, and Sky High, among others. One of the stand out singles from Brothers is his version of “If You Were Here” as heard in Easy A, originally in Sixteen Candles by The Thompson Twins.
Although Brothers is one of the most-licensed artists in television and movies, it’s been a while since fans have heard an album of his own music. Eight years to be exact. However, a new 80s-infused album, titled Bruises, was announced earlier this month and is set to be released on April 27th. Today, we’re thrilled to share the second single from the upcoming release, “Crush.” With airy vocals, swirling synths, and nostalgic hues of wistful desire, “Crush” transports the listener to a John Hughes classic, The Breakfast Club.
When asked about the track, Brothers shares: “Being an 80’s Britpop-obsessed kid, I always wanted to write a song that Molly Ringwald would’ve danced to in ‘The Breakfast Club.’” Using the propulsive beats and synths and delay guitars of that era, I tried to capture the rush of emotion that comes when you’re single and anything is possible and that person with whom you just found a deep connection might just be the love of your life.”
You can stream “Crush” below.
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Cary Brothers’ third studio album, Bruises, will be available on April 27th.