Afternoon Bike Ride
Friends of Friends Music
RIYL: Teen Daze; Khotin; bike rides
Here is an incomplete list of what causes immense joy as found in Afternoon Bike Ride’s Skipping Stones:
- Whatever or whoever you define as home
- A cup of tea
- Long, meaningful conversations on a couch that you can sink into
- Skipping stones
- Afternoon bike rides
The Montréal trio’s EP is a blissed-out array of blinking electronics, hushed guitar-picking, synth melodies, and LIA‘s balmy vocals. In tandem with a crackling lo-fi homespun quality, Afternoon Bike Ride infuse a thoughtfulness into every note that helps it pair nicely with your “stupid little daily walk” and any/all of the above list items.
There’s a familiarity to Skipping Stones that’s hard to dispute. If you frequent any of the lo-fi study or chill music streams and playlists on YouTube or Spotify, these songs sound like the majority of what you hear on those. But if you have found tranquility in these songs when it feels like the world is in short supply of calm, does it matter? On “Couch Party,” LIA sings, “I’m okay. Are you okay?” and you want to shake your head in the affirmative. Skipping Stones is a pocket-sized paradise.
– Laura Stanley