Recalling bands like Hum, Shiner, Oh Hiroshima and Bound, Aetreum create engaging slowcore that drips with those margin emotions – highly complex and unnamable feelings we get when we lose ourselves in nostalgia. Wistfulness, regret and longing all clamoring for space under the awning that Aetreum’s engaging guitar lines and emotive vocals provide. A transporting and slow-burning composition, “High School” pulls no punches when it explores the feelings of loss and how youthful invincibility slow-fades into adult insecurity when we realize the people we spent our formative years with aren’t thinking about us. It’s a heavy song, but one that balances these emotions with grace and acknowledged tension.

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