They say that April showers bring May flowers, but in the case of new duo Bathe, those flowers come in the form of their debut EP I’ll Miss You, which dropped May 3rd.
Singer-songwriter Dev Hody and producer Corey Smith-West deliver a warm and rich first outing, perfect for the increasingly sun-drenched days ahead. Billed as “Surf R&B,” the Brooklyn-based duo’s sound has already drawn comparisons to Frank Ocean, Jai Paul and Blood Orange. In short, it’s literally a whole mood.
From start-to-finish, Bathe’s languid vibe wraps listeners up in its ambient, soothing sounds. The songs featured on I’ll Miss You gently ebb-and-flow, allowing Hody to display his ability to effortlessly flow from between a range of emotions like longing (“Hazel”) to confident seducer (“Dealer”) to being filled with self-doubt after being ghosted on (“Kimmi”). Listeners are transported to a dream world on the ethereal final track, You’re Always Here, while melancholy is smoothly intertwined throughout the EP’s jazzy title track.
Born of countless conversations and writing sessions shared between the two best friends, the EP tells the story of a young black man who learns to become present. I’ll Miss You provides a strong introduction to what Bathe is bringing to the table. Proudly putting their emotions and innermost thoughts front and center, they present a snapshot of what’s on the minds (and in the hearts) of men as they navigate love and life.