Artist Spotlight: Bad Books

Discover something new about yourself with this rising aritst: Bad Books.

Written by Nicholas S. Cram

I have always been a fan of two or more great voices coming together to make a beautiful, and unique sound. Bands like The Civil Wars and The Mamas and the Papas ease their way into my musical collection with ethereal harmonies that both haunt and enchant me. Bad Books is no different. Manchester Orchestra’s Andy Hull and Indie powerhouse Kevin Devine’s collaborative efforts have given us a beautiful collection of albums filled with brilliant poeticism, catchy melodies, and of course those harmonies!

I first discovered Bad Books in 2013, a tumultuous time for me personally, and I needed the melancholic musical content to relate to. It fueled a creative spark in me that enabled me to create an idea that helped shape me as a writer and as a person. I listened to these songs on repeat When I share music with someone it is the equivalent of sharing a part of myself. Music is very important to me, so let me present to you the songs that struck me the most.

Forest Whitaker: This was the first song I had ever heard from Bad Books. It is about a tempestuous relationship and the detriment of indifference, complacency, and passive aggressiveness. I was hooked by the harmonies and the lyrics that were just too real.

Favorite lyrics:  “..and I bought a bird, that repeats what I say, but ‘I’m lonely’ is all that he’s heard.”

You’re A Mirror I Cannot Avoid: Kevin Devine has always been a master at melodies and brilliant lyrics, this song is no different. I was enjoying this song the first time I heard it and there was one line that truly blew my mind. I associate seasons with most songs I hear, just a weird thing I do. I can attribute this song to any season.

Favorite Lyrics: “I caught you nesting with your analog, glassy eyed from kissing poison frogs.

Friendly Advice: The reverb in wherever this video was shot gives their voices a spectral edge that makes this song impossible not to listen to on repeat. I get goose bumps whenever I hear it.

Favorite Lyrics: “I spent the entire last month, thinking of ways to scout my head, and impress you with the way I speak.”


“Cause when you’re old, you let it go, let it go, let it go. Don’t let the skin graft on your soul.”

Pyotr: This is a song of desire, revenge, and tragedy! Give the video a view, the song a listen! He explains what the song is about in the first 30 seconds of the video. This is the perfect use of Hull’s voice in my opinion. Soft, slow, and chilling. This is reminiscent of Hull’s solo project Right Away Great Captain. (Something good to listen to if you have the time!)

Favorite Lyrics: “Bare breasted we make love in the turret, and I’ve never loved nobody other than you.”

Give them a listen! Follow them on Twitter and Instagram: @badbooksmusic


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