Hailing from Montreal, QC, Ivytide is made up of founding members, Nathan Gagné (vocals/guitar), Jamie Snytte (guitar), and Kyle Ruggiero (bass). Their unique blend of lo-fi bedroom pop and smooth R&B will leave you wanting more.
Today they unveiled their new single, “miss u btw”, which has been called the quintessential slow jam that’s both brooding and sensual.
The self-produced track effortlessly blends singer-songwriter elements in the verses with heavily distorted bass and hard-hitting drums in the chorus. The emotion culminates with a climactic outro, offering a release from the tension built throughout the track.
“‘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.“
Check out “miss u btw” below, and find out more about the band via our Five Questions With segment.
Care to introduce yourself to our readers?
Hey! We’re Ivytide, a Montreal-based indie-pop band. We love writing songs that make us ~ feel ~ things, but we’re also working on some tunes that will get you feeling hyped! Also, we really love our dogs.
Tell us a bit about your music and writing style.
The process usually starts with one of us making a demo from scratch and sending it to the rest of the guys. We then get together to further develop the idea as a collective. We write and produce all of our music ourselves in Jamie’s very own living room. We’ve been making bedroom pop music from the comforts of our homes since our very first release. Having freedoms that might otherwise be limited when renting studio space has been a great asset for us. The music-making process is naturally inspired by certain samples or melodies we’ll hear, which will lead us to further pursue and develop those ideas. Music also offers us an escape from the stresses of our day-to-day lives and allows us to be unapologetically creative.
How have you been keeping creative during the Pandemic?
Montreal’s restrictions during the pandemic really forced us to focus on writing and recording, rather than rehearsing as a band. This led to us writing many new songs, such as “miss u btw”, and we feel like we’ve really grown as songwriters through this period.
If you were asked to suggest only one of your songs for someone to hear, which would it be?
Our new song, “miss u btw”! If you want to get in your feels and reminisce over the good and bad of past relationships.
Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, so who are your current favourite Canadian bands/ artists?
A huge favourite of ours is Verzache, and we also really dig Clairmont The Second, Edwin Raphael, and Fleece!
I’m Jenna, and I am the founder and editor of Canadian Beats. I have had a strong love for Canadian music, which started many years ago. I have a passion for promoting these talented Canadian bands and artists, and that’s how Canadian Beats came to be. I am so proud of what it has become over the last few years, with many talented music lovers and writers coming together to spread the word of Canada’s music.