Chicago-based band Bnny, led by Jess Viscius alongside her twin sister Alexa Viscius, plus best friends Tim Makowski, Matt Pelkey, and Adam Schubert, share a new single, “August.” The track appears on their debut album, Everything, out next Friday, August 20th on Fire Talk Records. “August” opens with naturalistic, ambient sounds and melancholy strums of electric guitar. Jess sings “I’ll change” in a disassociated loop, as if she’s trying to enchant herself into doing so. “‘August’ is about fleeting summer nights in the hazy heat of Chicago,” she says. “It’s about knowing what’s best for you and doing the exact opposite. It’s about the lies we tell ourselves to keep going.”
Everything may as well be a field recording taken from the lone country of grief. Written in sessions that span several years by singer Jess Viscius as she processed the death of her partner, the album is a chronicle of love at its most complex and loss at its most persistent. Viscius and her bandmates render these songs as inky noir vignettes, with her half-whispered vocals giving them a sense of poise and power that’s cool to the touch, even as the songs find her at her most vulnerable. Everything is played in shades of blue, Viscius’ voice the color of morning light peeking through the blinds.