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New Single – “Black Ribbon” – The Ophelias

The Ophelias are back with the first single from their forthcoming EP. With the wonderful “Black Ribbon”, the quartet of Spencer Peppet (guitar & vocals, she/her), Mic Adams (drums, he/him), Andrea Gutmann Fuentes (violin, she/her), and Jo Shaffer (bass, they/she) show a more synth-heavy and shoegaze-y side as they explore the newness of a queer relationship. The single is accompanied by a stunning video, directed by Shaffer and Peppet, featuring the band and fuzzed-out, Midwestern imagery that visualizes the track’s mood.

The 5-Track “Ribbon” EP is released on April 12th and the band will be playing some dates to celebrate the release supporting Daisy The Great and IAN SWEET. You can get tickets for these dates here.

The Ophelias are now spread across the States, reconvening in New York or Cincinnati to record and prepare for touring. They released their first album Creature Native in 2015, followed by 2018’s Almost and 2021’s Crocus. Throughout Ribbon, The Ophelias’ sound moves between genres, finding the niche between indie rock, folk, and pop. Fuentes’ violin sweeps cinematically through the EP, and Peppet’s emotive vocals work in tandem as she sighs, belts, and gasps from one song to the next. Adams and Shaffer stay locked in as the rhythm section, with both purposeful drive and intentionally placed embellishments. The band members have a cerebral awareness of one another that only comes with years of collaboration. As FLOOD lauds, “What distinguishes The Ophelias in a field of indie auteurs is the dynamism of the quartet, whose other members… know exactly how much space to take up at any given moment.”

You can find out more about The Ophelias by visiting their website and follow them on Instagram and Twitter for all the latest news.

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