Pedro the Lion’s ‘The Quietest Friend’ is some deep, folky indie rock from this prolific singer-songwriter. “In August 2016,” a press release reads, “during what he now recognizes as his lowest point, David Bazan was touring the country alone in an aging minivan and found himself in his hometown of Phoenix.” Before taking off the next morning “Bazan gave himself the gift of a quick detour past the house he grew up in, and experienced a breakthrough – one that would lead him both forward and back to another home he had built many years before.” Bazan has always had a keen eye for the profound, so it’s unsurprising that a simple pit stop at his old stomping grounds hit him so hard. What is surprising is how strong Bazan’s work has remained so strong since the release of It’s Hard to Find a Friend over twenty years ago. There are few solo artists who can maintain drive and foster a consistent vision in the way Bazan has. Not everybody knows his name. In fact, most people – even within his scene – probably don’t. But Bazan’s has been, and continues to be, deeply influential to an entire generation of downbeat alt-rockers. Everyone should give this track a listen. Check out ‘The Quietest Friend’ below!
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