Philadelphia is a city buzzing with talent. From Hop Along to Alex G, the City of Brotherly Love has birthed some of the most promising musical acts of the 2010s, and it’s time to make room for another.
Harmony Woods is the project of eighteen-year-old Sofia Verbilla, whose bell-like vocals anchor her debut LP Nothing Special, which was recorded by Modern Baseball’s Jake Ewald and features his bandmate Brendan Lukens on lead guitar. This is the first time we have heard from the duo since Modern Baseball announced a hiatus last month in the interest of the band’s collective mental health.
The first taste of Nothing Special comes in the form of “Jenkintown-Wyncote,” which we are happy to be premiering exclusively above. It’s an upbeat track with moving percussion that somehow still feels mellow due mostly to Verbilla’s flowing vocals.
In an email, Verbilla said that the single tells the story of “experiencing the anxiety that can sometimes come with taking public transportation, specifically SEPTA Regional Rail, then feeling that weight lifted once you see the face of the person you’re visiting.” Check it out above.
Nothing Special is out May 5th on Honest Face Records. Pre-order the record on CD and cassette here and digitally here.