Deemed the “Death Cab For Cutie of the South,” Pretty Embers is no newcomer to the music world. While the name might be new, the trio of lifelong friends is not. Originally hailing from Birmingham, Alabama, Kameron Mitchell, Mason Thomas, and Ethan Standard have been writing and performing music together under different monikers since their early high school years. Their unique set of influences, including Bon Iver, Paul McCartney, Tyler the Creator, Death Cab For Cutie, Andy Shauf, From Indian Lakes, D’Angelo, and Radiohead, have given the trio a unique conglomerate of sound.
The now Nashville-based, indie/alternative rock trio spent the months before and during the quarantine of 2020 writing and recording their debut album, Under, on the East side of Nashville, Tennessee. Under is an album revolving around the ideas of introspection, insecurity, and unrequited relationships. It is about the things that aren’t visible to the eye of others, well kept and buried in the depths of our souls, and how we all often have places, thoughts, and memories of times that we would prefer to not particularly venture back into because it is, quite frankly, difficult.
“There are a lot of emotions across the record,” Standard explains. “Self-reflection and introspection, maybe it’s your fault, maybe it’s my fault, maybe you lied, maybe I wasn’t being honest, and maybe it was all damned from the start. It might not be universal, but that was my experience, and I hope someone can gain some solace from it.”
Under sees release tomorrow, October 29, and today Ghettoblaster has the pleasure of sharing a preview from the record in the form of their single, “It’s Not the Same.”