There is no sound that feels more like summer to me than the sound of Nico Segal’s trumpet. You can imagine my surprise, then, hearing it in the middle of a cold front in November the first time I heard Grace Weber’s new single, “More Than Friends.”
That feeling of both familiar and unique carries through the song, which (somewhat sleepily) asks the listener a question we can all admit to wondering,
“What would you say to me, if I was happily alone in my bed? We had the ability to be more than friends…”
Segal’s horn trails the melody, leaving the track feeling a bit helpless…but in a cathartic way. In a world where acts of self care are more necessary than ever, putting the windows down and turning “More Than Friends” up might just be the mini-therapy session you need to break the cuffing season blues.
The track, produced by Nate Fox and Nico Segal, notably features Weber’s vocals in two separate pitches. In a statement, Weber said the pitches are meant to represent the “tension between our internal and external voices that can happen when we’re having a hard conversation.”
It’s a method reminiscent of Frank Ocean’s Blonde production, which used pitch modulation to showcase the voices of different ages in Ocean’s life.
Of course, it’s worth mentioning that Weber herself is already a Grammy award-winning artist, awarded for her work co-writing and performing on Chance the Rapper’s “All We Got.” She’s collaborated with artists like Francis & the Lights, Boogie and Towkio, and runs a non-profit called Grace Weber’s Music Lab in Chicago.
If “More Than Friends” peaks your interest, then keep an eye peeled for Weber’s debut album out next year, also produced by Fox, Segal and Peter Cottontale of The Social Experiment.