June 29, 2020


Boston duo Brevin Kim are the embodiment of the present and future of pop culture. These rule-breakers bring us a new, genre-mixing, double release which sets the tone for their upcoming album, out later this year. “i need water” and “he doesn’t love her” mark the next stage for Brevin Kim, with an elevated sound profile that truly sets them apart.

Brevin Kim is a duo of blood brothers (Cal and Bren Paulhus) from Boston, MA. With a drastic range of musical interests from classics like Van Morrison and Chicago to alternative/indie like Bon Iver and The 1975 to hip-hop like Ski Mask The Slump God and Young Thug, Brevin Kim successfully intertwine their own influences to create their original sound.

“i need water” reminds me a lot of Dylan Brady’s music actually. Heavy industrial sounds and distorted aggressively auto-tuned vocals. It feels like modern punk energy, fused with futuristic sounds rather than the traditional electric guitar fronted band.

“he doesn’t love her” contains sullen lyrics that are delivered with a raspy yet sharp delivery. The emo elements are certainly present on this one, it’s a compelling hybrid of rock and trap but chilled out for it to be appreciated in a melodic way.

Brevin Kim share a little behind the inspiration of the tracks:

“‘i need water’ was kind of like a brain dump where I just let out exactly what I was feeling in that moment.” says Cal. “It’s basically a metaphor for needing to rid my mind of negative thoughts. Water is the cure. Sometimes, I’ll randomly be reminded of the fact that I’m going to die one day, we all are, it’s inevitable, and that gives me this weird crippling stress that lasts for like 40 seconds, and it burns. This is about being all over the place, mentally, wondering if we actually matter, and searching for a way to delete those thoughts.”

“‘he doesn’t love her’ is about the polarization of a relationship. It’s the embodiment of “you don’t know what you got til it’s gone.” One day you could be head over heels for someone and the next you want nothing to do with them. Moods can change in minutes. Feelings don’t always stay the same. It’s the scary reality that love isn’t always equal. I believe some of the best songs write themselves in a way and this one just oozed out of me.”

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