Feature: The Anatomy of 'After You' with Plastic Picnic

Monday, June 24, 2019
Photo by ​​​​​​​Bronson Snelling

Brooklyn-based quartet Plastic Picnic recently shared their brand new single 'After You', which is set to appear on their forthcoming EP Vistalite. The EP is due for release on July 19th​​​​​​​. Until then, they take us through the story behind their track 'After You'.

We wrote 'After You'... by emailing early demos back and forth and adding to it for half of the year before finally trying it out live in the rehearsal space. Once we played it together the tough spots began to make more sense. We took it back to our bedrooms and were able to iron the song out further through lots of home recording.

'After You' is about... change and that terrifying but beautiful precipice right before you make a big decision. We use a lonely drive as an image for finding yourself drawn along one trajectory while scanning the exits around you. It swings between hesitation and the urge to dive into the unknown.

My favorite lyric... 
Marsh: ...or moments come in the pre-chorus.  “Do you think it’s time, for us to go, find a different life, one that we could grow”.
Gordon: I like the line, “Every turn you’re leaning off the road, such a wild view below.” I feel like it really encapsulates the essence of the song. It’s dark, but a magic place to be right on the cusp of something unfamiliar. I guess you could call it vertigo.

The song was made... as a deeper dive into experimenting with synth sounds. We wanted to try our hand at a pop song that still felt authentic and not overthought.  There’s so much to learn when incorporating different electronics and sound textures, and we’re excited to keep exploring that world. The biggest challenge in music is to make a simple idea sound great. As Charles Mingus said, “Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity.”

Our main inspiration... for this song instrumentally comes from bands like Tame Impala, Chvrches, the 1975. We really admire how they can blend in-your-face catchy melodies while continuously trying out new sounds with percussion and electronics. Those groups are all pretty groove-focused too, and we had a lot of fun adding random little background samples and percussion flavors.

It sounds best... during a melancholic late night drive with the windows down, cigarette in hand.

Listen to 'After You' by Plastic Picnic below:

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