Some artists write music to make sense of the world around them, but that’s an internalization of an external sensation. For Mike Del Rio and Crista Ru, the duo that make up alt-pop risers POWERS, it’s the opposite; they want to find a way to project their own inner world onto the one they see in front of them.
“We started POWERS as a way to connect the world in our heads with the world around us,” the band tells Consequence of Sound. “There’s never been a genre shaping our direction, just a love for sincere music. For this album we’ve been using new sounds to pursue a feeling of nostalgia. We are excited to share ‘Sunshine’ with our fans as an introduction to the new music coming soon.”
That track, “Sunshine” is the first single from their forthcoming debut full-length, set for release later this year. That sense of chasing the past is certainly there, both musically and lyrically. The verses are lofted on bouncy synth notes, but it’s the chorus’ consoling piano notes and untroubled wooden flute sounds that truly life the track. “Sunshine is gonna come down, rain down/ All over you,” goes the warmly reassuring lyrics. “Good times are gonna come down, look ’round/ Baby, it’s true.”
It’s a song that seems to call back to that simpler time most of us have only heard about from our elders or the past generation’s movies, while at the same time presenting it on a thoroughly modern electropop platter. Take a listen below, and feel better about your day for a few minutes.