Jesse Smith and Aaron Sternick make up the new project Welcome Center. Welcome Center is currently planning a tour for Spring 2018 followed by their first full-length album in coming in Summer 2018. Today, we share their new song, “Withou Yxu”, one that washes over you a nostalgic, indie pop glow. It’s like a mix of Youth Lagoon’s early work with Ariel Pink. Take a listen below.
Here’s what Jesse Smith told Earbuddy about the song:
Aaron and I had been listening to a lot of Ariel Pink, John Maus, and 80s synth-heavy bands at the time I sent him the first demo of the track. Originally it was just my vocals, a synth-bass line and a simple drum machine beat. One week later, Aaron sent it back to me as this almost fully fleshed-out, beautiful lo-fi 80s synth-pop track. What started out as a cathartic release for me ended up turning into this charming, lo-fi track that re-ignited our musical partnership, which has spanned on and off for over 12 years now.
Lyrically, I wanted to write a definitive break-up track– something simple that captured the contradictory emotions that come along when a long relationship that needs to end finally ends. On one hand it’s devastating that someone you loved and trusted is gone, but on the other hand, when you’re being honest with yourself, you also know that you weren’t really satisfied being with that person either. ‘Withoxt Yxu’ is about holding those two contradictory emotions in each hand and allowing yourself to feel both of them and to be okay with that.