Teenage brother-sister duo Tennyson and Los Angeles-based producer Mr. Carmack are teaming up to release three new singles consecutively this week. Their first joint single, called “Tuesday,” is Red Bull Sound Select’s first release of 2017 and premiered on THUMP. The instrumental track infuses its R&B foundation with electronic depth and jazz-inspired melodies to create a one-of-a-kind soundscape.
On the second track of their singles trilogy, entitled “Wednesday,” Tennyson and Mr. Carmack take a nostalgic turn. The song premiered on Stereogum. What starts out as an airy and contemplative track quickly grows into a full-fledged instrumental brimming with childlike wonder, as playful synths bust out fantastical melodies that recall the 8-bit soundtracks of old video games.
Like its predecessor “Tuesday,” “Wednesday” showcases the drastically different approaches of its unlikely production team. The melodic pop sensibilities of Tennyson find a welcome partner in Mr. Carmack’s dark rhythms, which provide an otherwise friendly track with an untapped gravity that neither artist could create on their own. Once again, Tennyson and Mr. Carmack prove their ability to bring out the best in each other, tempering their most dramatic impulses while highlighting the boundless creativity that makes both artists great.
Grammy-nominated R&B singer BJ the Chicago Kid joins teenage brother-sister duo Tennyson and Los Angeles-based producer Mr. Carmack to close out the dynamic singles trilogy with the ethereal track “Thursday.” The song, which premiered on Beats 1 with Zane Lowe, funnels intensity through a dream, its explosive drum fills carefully contained within lush synths and muffled pads that provide the perfect backdrop for BJ the Chicago Kid’s effortlessly smooth vocals.
Where previous singles “Tuesday” and “Wednesday” showcase the push and pull between Tennyson and Mr. Carmack’s unique production styles, “Thursday” embraces balance with complexity and depth, thanks in no small part to a flawless feature from BJ the Chicago Kid. The R&B singer serves as the perfect bridge between the contemplative experimental pop sensibilities of Tennyson and the raucous intensity of Mr. Carmack, channeling the best qualities of both artists into a deceptively simple R&B track that proves itself to be so much more with each passing listen.