Bathe is an accurate name for the Brooklyn-based duo made up of Devin “Dev” Hobdy and Corey Smith-West.
Dev’s airy vocals and Corey’s reverberated guitar feels like the initial contact of waves washing ashore and surrounding someone’s feet, slowly beckoning listeners to take a deep dive into the waters.
This is captured beautifully on the group’s debut “Sure Shot,” which Okayplayer is premiering.
“Guess you thought I was a sure shot,” Dev sings, his lone introduction giving way to the song’s soothing and melancholic production. Dev’s vocal stylings are reminiscent of Nostalgia Ultra-era Frank Ocean, his voice a light and comforting falsetto croon that contrasts the song’s subject matter.
In an email, this is how the pair described the track:
“This song is about the destructive cycle of paranoia and toxic masculinity that black men endure and are often forced to embody as a byproduct of existing under a constant threat of violence…it was inspired by the lives of our respective father figures.”
The end of the song provides a subtle but captivating shift as live drums and synths are incorporated, “Sure Shot” fading into silence.