Simone Istwa grew up in a musical family with parents Sam Phillips and T Bone Burnett, absorbing a wide variety of music from an early age. Their own music spans a wide range of influences as well, from glitchy electronic music to riffy rock n' roll, and they will release new EP, Heartweb, on June 4 via Rain Phoenix's LaunchLeft label. “Aesthetically, the world I’m painting with the record is, on one end, candy coated in a plastic sheen and on the other, dusty, dug-up artifacts of the past,” Istwa says. “Some of the guitar sounds are synths and some are actual guitars. I like to make the real ones sound fake and the fake ones sound real, so when you’re listening it’s like walking through a room of funhouse mirrors.”
The first single off the EP is "So Sure," a swaying ballad that is both grungy and ethereal. We've got the premiere of the song's video, which was directed by Nina Ljeti, who made Phoebe Bridgers’ “Kyoto” video. “Nina and I met at my house and we talked about the movie Scorpio Rising by Kenneth Anger and the invention of the reverse strip tease," Simone tells us. "It’s vulnerable and earnest, being caught without your costume on. It’s overtly sensual watching someone dress up as themselves, especially when that self is really tuff like armor."