‘I’ll Be Around’ is the delicately beautiful new single from Portland-based producer, singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Brendan Cope. Recorded in his home studio (with his fur son Max always by his side,) Cope doesn’t shy away from sonically experimenting with some pretty out-there ideas. It’s incredibly intriguing and fresh and holds your attention for the duration of the track. Indie Top 39 readers will know by now that we’re complete suckers for genre-bending tunes that simply don’t fit into just one box, and ‘I’ll Be Around’ certainly falls into that category. Cope draws on influences like James Blake, Bon Iver, FKA Twigs, and serpentwithfeet to create his signature sound – a sound that, much like the artist himself, is forever evolving and expanding. We can’t wait to hear what the musician has in store for us next. Be sure to watch this space!
‘I’ll Be Around’ is a haunting, delicate, and intriguing tune from a captivating new artist.Indie top 39
What does the song mean to you?
I think there are two central focuses I wanted to encapsulate in the song. Number one, this idea of being around as in – being there for people in your life, to support and prop up. However, also a type of isolation, constantly being “around”. There is a vulnerability aspect going beyond around, and while I think this is mostly a sweet message to the people I love, there are certainly other layers to reach into if you listen closely.
What inspired you to share the song with the world?
I’ve spent years making music and not releasing it. After things stopped moving in the world in 2020, I felt a better focus on my creative process. I think the songs have gotten much better, and I’m no longer looking for perfection in every track. It’s a hard thing to get over – understanding that people would never hear my music, if I didn’t release, it sounds so obvious, but it has taken me quite a long time to exist with that.
What do you want to achieve in the next 12 months with your music?
I want to finish a few of the tracks/projects that I’m working on in the next few months. After that I’m hoping the world is in a place that I can play shows (safely) and I’ll pour my attention into writing/recording a full length LP. Of course I would love my music to become my full-time job and all of that, but I’m fousing on one thing at a time.
What does success mean to you?
Making something that people want to engage with. If even just one person makes my music a part of their life – that’s successful. That person will hopefully share the things they like, and maybe more people will let me become a small piece of the soundtrack that is life.
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