Wildcard (week 8):
Bailen – Call It Like It Is

Twin brothers Daniel and David and sister Julia Bailen were born and raised in New York. The rising indie-pop trio just announced their sophomore album Tired Hearts will be out on 5 May.

While they recorded their debut album after testing the songs on the road tirelessly, they took another approach on this follow-up. This time, many of the songs were honed in the studio as opposed to live. This resulted in 12 original songs that are centred around Bailenโ€™s radiant harmonies and adventurous arrangements. Lyrically, they wrestle with an uncertain future where ethics and morality – both communal and personal – are constantly shifting. In their own words, itโ€™s a set of songs that โ€˜navigates the space between the heartโ€™s expectation and the headโ€™s sober realityโ€™.

Bailen co-produced their new album with Brad Cook, who worked with Bon Iver, Waxahatchee and Snail Mail before.

Alt-pop anthem Call It Like It Is is the first single off Tired Hearts. It was co-written by Bailen andย X Ambassadorsโ€™ย Adam Levin and Sam Harris. Itโ€™s โ€˜an anthem for anyone who refuses to be taken advantage ofโ€™, the band stated. โ€œIt unmasks the ugly truth behind shiny veneers.โ€ The beat-driven, bass-heavy track comes with a cult classic thriller style video.

Call It Like It Is by Bailen is the new Carte Blanche Music Wildcard. That means itโ€™ll be featured prominently at the top of the blog for a whole week.

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