Made up of Gabby Bianco and Jason Rosen, Los Angeles duo Smoke Season is out to make the world a little weirder, one song at a time. The outspoken pair leaves no stone uncovered in their songwriting, often opting to tackle tough subjects that hit close to home, such as discussions of gender, sexuality, and race. Translating these heavy topics into dance-worthy electronic pop songs is a singular skill of Smoke Season, and something they perform with incredible tact. The result will have you swaying your hips uncontrollably to their infectious beats.
Smoke Season’s newest single is inspired by Rosen’s part-Jamaican heritage. “Sweetest Thing” is backed by steel drum island rhythms, conjuring up images of dancing in the sand to the warm glow of a bonfire. Slowly building in intensity throughout, the song culminates in a joyful chorus of voices singing in unison. The lyrics invoke the fresh boldness of early infatuation: “Your face is killing me / I can feel you all over my skin / You want my hand, I’ll give you my touch.” The song expresses intense feelings of desire with a refreshingly innocent playfulness, obvious without being too forward and universal enough to include all types of love.
Gabby and Jason expanded on the meaning and making of “Sweetest Thing” with us,
“’Sweetest Thing’ is a song about a moment of magnetism towards someone you have just met. When we were writing the song, we had the line ‘you are the sweetest thing that I have ever seen up close’ swirling around in our heads for a couple of days before we decided it needed its own song. We intentionally wanted this song to be extremely layered to express the heaviness of lust and blended a variety of styles to achieve that. Jason brought reggae infusions into his guitar lines, Gabby created custom pads patches on her DSI Prophet 6 synth and we used dueling lead vocals to express this theme musically. This song is a great introduction to the creative direction of our upcoming album as it highlights both our electro-rocksteady vibes and sensual themes.”
Full of outlandish costumes and handmade set pieces, Smoke Season’s live show is something to behold, garnering them attention as a unique sensory experience. With several big things on the horizon, including ad campaigns for MQA Audio and Budweiser, we are sure we will be seeing much more of Smoke Season this year.
Take a listen to “Sweetest Thing” below: