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“Where are you, my sunny feeling I knew as a kid?” This is the question that Origami Angel asks with their latest output, a sharp and shining 8-song mixtape called The Brightest Days. Its opening title track begins with one of many new tricks for the DC two-piece––a ukulele––but quickly turns left-field as childhood innocence makes way for blistering intensity and hopelessness.
Told through the lens of a shitty east coast summer, The Brightest Days was written throughout the spring and summer of 2020, and later recorded in August 2022 with producer Drew Portalatin, with assistance from Jake Chekoway and vocalist/guitarist Ryland Heagy (he/him).
Across the mixtape are some of the most creative and adventurous moves Gami has ever made. Not quite an EP or an LP, the differences between each track on The Brightest Days is what makes it such a special release, and thus garnering the ‘mixtape’ moniker; diving into specific tones and different vocal techniques on each track allowed Heagy and drummer Pat Doherty (he/him) to shine in ways they never have before. The Brightest Days may be few and far between—with that gap stretching further each day—but as a mixtape, it’s a cloudless collection of the most realized and strongest music that Origami Angel has written yet.
1. The Brightest Days
2. Thank You, New Jersey
3. Picture Frame
4. Kobayashi Maru (My Very Own)
5. Second Best Friend
6. Looking Out
7. My PG County Summer
8. Few and Far Between
Green/Orange/Black Tricolor LP /300 (CIRecs UK Store Exclusive)
Produced, engineered, and mixed by Drew Portalatin
Drum production and engineering by Jake Checkoway
Mastered by Will Yip
Pat Doherty: drums and percussion
Photography by Brittany Duarte (front/back) and Bob Sweeney (insert)
Layout by Dylan Savopolous