PYNKIE – project of New Jersey-based musician and ortho/neuro nurse Lindsey Radice – releases a new single/video, “Love Theme, from her forthcoming album, #37, out October 16th on House Arrest. Following lead single “Personality,” which chronicled her parent’s divorce, “Love Theme” pines for a requited love. Its muted synth, hazy vocals, and relaxed tempo are meant to convey the feeling of a daydream. “‘Love Theme’ is about longing for someone to feel the same romantic feelings for you as you feel for them,” says Radice. “‘Someday, you’ll give me the time and I’ll blow your mind,’ states one of the lyrics. I sing the song with a sultry voice almost as if to seduce the lover I’m longing for.”
Created by Berlin-based stop motion animator Daniel Sterlin-Altman, the quirky video “is a story about an impossible unrequited love. Created in confinement using stop motion animation and mixed media, 50 rubber ducks, and a pile of rocks, Love Theme follows the path of a runaway duck, escaping a life she was never cut for. Unknown to Duck however, Rock can’t be more pleased with Duck’s escape and tries to meet her on the open road. When the two accidentally collide with full force, an alternate reality that could have been flashes before their eyes. PYNKIE’s dreamy vocals drive us into the haze of a love affair that could have been.”
Following Radice’s first, self-produced album neoteny, #37 is an absolute joy of a record, a tour through Radice’s own sunlit world. It’s a collage of daily life moments, delivered with a precision, skill, and an ear for hooks that shows the deep level of craft behind even the easiest-sounding moments. The songs are driven by Radice’s singular voice, with a mixture of wit, warmth, and candor that makes you feel like she’s already your best friend.
It’s the twinge of sadness at the heart of this music that gives its optimistic power. Though the songs do always sound cheerful, they don’t discount the importance of other, complicated feelings as well. The album name is a reference to Radice’s mother’s first husband, who died early into their marriage, leaving two children behind (Radice’s older sisters). #37 was his high school football number, and it has remained significant in her own life. “My mom and sisters feel that 37 is very symbolic of him,” she says. “They see it everywhere and usually at very strangely coincidental moments. They feel like it’s him looking down and protecting them. Then I started seeing it all the time too, and it just turned into this magical/meaningful number in my mind, especially during the time I was making this album.”
PYNKIE’s music feels defiantly happy, a kind of bravery in the face of a world that always wants to bring you down. And of course, you’re more than invited to sing along.