Catching Up with Eighty Ninety: The Power of Music and “Your Favorite Song”

NYC pop duo Eighty Ninety share a heart-to-heart about “Your Favorite Song,” its beautiful music video, and its personal significance.

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Is there any greater purpose for music, than to make people feel something deep down inside? Music is the gift that keeps on giving, a vessel of intimate expression from an artist’s heart to our ears. Not every song may carry such heavy emotional weight and intense depth, but those that do have a tendency to stick with us for years.

Your Favorite Song - Eighty Ninety

Your Favorite Song – Eighty Ninety

A heartfelt tribute to the power of music, Eighty Ninety’s intimate “Your Favorite Song” has all the makings of a true classic: Its lyrics paint a familiar portrait connecting music to a specific time and place in our lives. Everyone has their song, and “Your Favorite Song” zeroes in on that feeling with an energy and authenticity seldom felt in “pop” music:

Your favorite song
On the radio
You know all the words
A sad love song
Singing every verse like
Oh you know I got you
And I swear I’ll put you first
You know I love you oh
I love you til it hurts
Even when it hurts

Consisting of brothers Abner (vocals, production) and Harper James (guitar, production), the New York City duo of Eighty Ninety are a definite artist to watch – a must-have on your radar. “Your Favorite Song” has enjoyed considerable success since its 2017 release, racking up over 1.5 million streams and finding favor with none other than Taylor Swift, who included it in her Songs Taylor Loves Spotify playlist earlier this year!

Eighty Ninety © Mallory Turner

Eighty Ninety © Mallory Turner

Eighty Ninety are set to release their first single of 2018, a song called “Dream,” this Friday, 6/15/2018. In advance of their new music, we shared a heart-to-heart about “Your Favorite Song,” discussing its beautiful music video and its deep personal significance. “Eighty Ninety songs are definitely more like journals than just stories,” the band explains. Keeping that in mind makes “Your Favorite Song” all the more special:

“Your Favorite Song” is about the power of a song to forever link a person, place, and time in your memories. That feeling can intensify if you’re writing songs; if you’re the one actually traveling through those old experiences searching for meaning or a deeper understanding of yourself and your past. We wanted to make a video that was a kind of literal representation of songwriting and what it feels like for us.

We use songwriting to say things that we couldn’t – or didn’t know how to, or have the perspective to – say in the moment. The process of writing takes us back to those important people, times, and places in a way that can feel so visceral. You hear a melody and suddenly you’re transported from the city to your old seaside hometown. I liked the idea of bringing flowers — a symbol of love, forgiveness, even mourning — from the “real world” back through my memories from the beach near my childhood home to the neighborhood where I grew up. The flowers are for a person in some ways, but also for that place and that time in life.

We spent the summer doing so much writing and recording that a lot of times I’d be walking around the city in a daze — melodies and lyrics and memories rattling around in my head, feeling really emotional. My grip on reality could drift occasionally; I’d snap out of it and realize I’d been walking for an hour, lost in memory or writing and re-writing the songs, totally unaware of the crowds. So in that sense this video reflects this specific song but also our life and experience getting lost in the making of our upcoming EP, Bowery Beach Road.

The title of the EP does come from an actual road that went through our coastal hometown, but I live on the Bowery now and it seemed like a perfect summation of where we are — pulled between our past and present, people we knew and the ones we know now. Trying to work it out.

Eighty Ninety Remember “Your Favorite Song”

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“Your Favorite Song” remains a memorable, meaningful merging of past, present, and future – a classically beautiful music experience worth returning to time and again. Dive deeper into the song with our track review here. Eighty Ninety, meanwhile, continue to push forward: Keep an eye out for the duo’s highly-anticipated new single “Dream,” out this Friday, 6/15/2018!

Watch: “Your Favorite Song” – Eighty Ninety

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"Your Favorite Song" - Eighty Ninety

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Mitch is the Editor-in-Chief of Atwood Magazine and a 2014 graduate from Tufts University, where he pursued his passions of music and psychology. He currently works at Universal Music Group in New York City. In his off hours, Mitch may be found songwriting, wandering about one of New York's many neighborhoods, or writing an article on your next favorite artist for Atwood. Mitch's words of wisdom to fellow musicians and music lovers are thus: Keep your eyes open and never stop exploring. No matter where you go, what you do or who you are with, you can always learn something new and inspire something amazing. Say hi here: mitch[at]atwoodmagazine[dot]com