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May 05/18/22, 2022
We La La Love the Debut EP from Brittany and the Blisstones Hailing from Chico, California, is the uplifting island-pop sounds of Brittany and the Blisstones, a duo who specialize in elegantly adorned, heart-crafted songs.

Brittany Bliss and Reid Givens make up the twosome, and their journey is a touching story of reinvention, reclamation, and second chances on love. In addition to warming hearts, the couple are opening minds to female artists and helping shift the narrative of women in creative fields through support and exposure. Brittany and the Blisstones released their recording debut EP, 'La La Love,' on Friday, May 13th.

“We recorded the songs ourselves. We rented a garage and built a small room inside it to record the live instruments in. We purchased the rest of the gear needed and tracked everything we could ourselves. For instruments we can’t play (trumpet, cello, etc) we hired musicians from all over the world through the internet to record the parts and send them back to us,” shares the duo.

Brittany and Reid write songs that sweetly seduce you into mindfulness. The mellow tones of their distinct island-pop draw from an expansive artistic palette of pop, orchestral, rock, jazz, reggae, ska, Latin, new wave, and beyond. Brittany contributes sultry vocals, jaunty ukulele playing, and co-writes the songs alongside her partner Reid, an accomplished drummer and percussionist with an expansive command of rhythms and a keen sense for the healing power of good grooves.

The five-song EP bursts open with “Mermaid,” the first song Brittany ever wrote. It is a song about reconnecting with nature, but it also seems to be about reconnecting with Brittany’s own human nature. The lyrics brim with breathtaking imagery and awe-inspiring reflective moments. She sings: By the sea/A mermaid rewrote the pages of all my dreams, so I found fear and faith in the waves. The music is as majestic as its impressionistic lyrical passages. The song lilts on a vaguely Jamaican pulse and brims with jeweled trumpet melodies, vocals that are sultry and sensitive, lush layers of harmony vocals, and moody chord changes that have a sweet sadness.

The song “Some Times” wields a hypnotic chord sequence and a crisp beat, and exudes a slow-burn emotionality. “This is a song of mindfulness,” reveals Reid. “We can’t control what thoughts pop up in our mind, but we have a choice to focus on the good stuff.” The song’s anthemic outro is a rallying call to choose happiness. It concludes with the lyrics: Let’s all keep singing/We’re surviving the flood/We’re all still singing/Cuz we’ve got air in our lungs.

The title track is a jazzy dose of sun-kissed pop featuring summery horn fanfare. The song’s unflinchingly positive vibes nicely mirror its lyrics. “The song is about how love is our natural state, not something outside of us that we have to constantly be searching for,” Brittany says. She continues: “The love expressed here is not romantic love, it’s about finding love in simple moments in life.”

One of the biggest lessons of Brittany and The Blisstones is it’s never too late. It’s never too late to pick up an instrument. “Brittany just had her first piano recital since the second grade,” Reid marvels. And it’s never too late for love. Brittany says: “We got another chance at love, and rediscovering who we really are as people. It’s been such a beautiful restart.”

Listen to 'La La Love' here: