Hailing from Montreal, Canada, Ivytide's founding members Nathan Gagné (vocals/guitar), Jamie Snytte (guitar), and Kyle Ruggiero (bass) met at a recording studio, where they developed dynamic chemistry in their songwriting.
A mutual love for lo-fi indie music led to the production of bedroom pop songs with intricate and catchy melodies, which float on top of well-thought-out unique instrumentation. With a brilliant realm of wandering thought being evoked by the emotionally gripping lyrics, “miss u btw,” is the latest single hailing from the band’s music catalog.
Glorious harmonies strike our ears with their delicate connotation expressing moody lyrics such as, ‘you know I won’t change.’ The vibrancy of the opulent guitar chords seamlessly coincides with the spacious percussion hits as the hazy bassline solidifies the mid to up-tempo buoyancy that lives in “miss u btw.”
Gently fusing together a sense of ease with the narrative being executed, Ivytide allows the representation of this single to float upon one side of a two-sided story. Reminiscing on the hardships faced throughout the relationship, the lyrical motifs hint at the nostalgia sweeping your headspace in a chaotic attempt to keep you bent out of shape. There are layers to the substance that Ivytide provides its fan base with. Through heartrending tales that dip into a vulnerable soundscape, you thrive on the relatability factor that continues to have you gravitating towards their wistful hues.
Bringing us full circle on the remarkably comforting “miss u btw,” you almost wouldn’t pick up on the heartbreak reiterated. Digging into the dimensions that Ivytide allows listeners to see, hear and feel, we’ll happily submit our heightened senses to their musical creations.
Hello Ivytide, and welcome to BuzzMusic. We love the entire soundscape of “miss u btw.” Could you please share a glimpse of how the creative process began to flourish?
Appreciate it! Nathan wrote and recorded an initial demo, just him singing with a guitar. We all really loved it right away, and we all really connected with the lyrics and theme of the song. When it came to production, we wanted to make sure the instrumentation evoked the same emotions the lyrics did. We added some crumpled paper sounds to make it feel like you're thinking about going back to a previous relationship or writing a love letter and then crumpling up. The thick bass at the chorus also helps to emphasize the emotional, raw feelings that the lyrics embody.
You all work so wonderfully together. The sounds just click. How did you all come to be Ivytide?
Thank you! Nathan was recording a solo EP at a studio Jamie was working at in 2015-2016, and we started writing together. We found we had really great songwriting chemistry and we loved many of the same artists. Jamie recruited Kyle to come to play a show, and we've been together ever since.
Was this storyline based on a real-life experience? Did you find that lyrically writing the narrative was a fairly easy headspace to tap into?
Our new single “miss u btw” represents one side of a two-tailed story. Parting ways with someone leads to an inevitable feeling of withdrawal, pulling you back into the relationship you once had. The other side of the story reflects all the countless fights and sleepless nights that drew you apart in the first place. While knowing things ended for a reason, a creeping feeling of nostalgia ceases to put your mind at ease.
At what point do you find yourselves getting too vulnerable with your creation process? Is there such a thing with the music that Ivytide creates?
Vulnerability is a key factor in creating art that is genuine. Therefore, more vulnerability can only allow you to draw more depth in your lyrics and hopefully hit someone right in the feels in the process. We consistently try to push ourselves to get even more vulnerable with the music, and really let our stories and experiences speak for themselves. What's next for you?
We're currently working on some other summer singles, and potentially an EP. We're looking forward to making some more cool videos and writing some more tunes we love.