Bay Ledges new EP, In Waves is out now. Its indie-pop foundation mixes with the power to transport you to a sunnier time and place, an alternate dimension lit in the hazy glow of some faraway memory. On the L.A.-based band’s new single “I Remember,” singer/songwriter Zach Hurd magnifies that bittersweet mood with bright guitar riffs, airy synth lines, and summery grooves built on tightly sculpted beats.
Hurd drew a great deal of inspiration from the latest season of Stranger Things. “I really love the way it takes you back in time through the music, clothing, and cinematic style,” he says. “It made me want to write a song that teleports you like that.” Hurd achieved that effect partly by making ample use of vintage production gear, an element that lends the track a gracefully timeworn feel.
“With a song like ‘I Remember,’ I was partly trying to capture the feeling of that time in your life when you’re not afraid to dream,” he says. “I think it’s important that a song takes you to a place in your mind that’s more connected to that dreaming. Even when I’m writing a song about heartbreak, I still want people to feel good, and come away with some kind of optimism.”