Chicago-bred, Los-Angeles-based alternative pop project B4DFRi3ND has returned with their new single, “F4r from Perf3ct,” a collaboration with rising alt-pop singer/songwriter RYL0. Littered with contemplative, nostalgic melodies, “F4r from Perf4ct” is an exercise in self-reflection. It’s an introspective track that sees its artists looking inward as they look back at 2022 with almost cheery cynicism, pondering the ways they can improve themselves and their environment — or, perhaps, embracing the fact that they never will. Listen to it now below.
Of the song, B4DFRi3ND said, “‘F4r from Perf3ct’ is one of the first collaborations between B4DFRi3ND and RYL0. When I first showed RYL0 the production, it immediately stood out to them. The rest came quite organically. The back and forth nature of the vocal performances was an idea we had early on, and then the song’s concept and structure flowed seamlessly from there.”
“F4r from Perf4ct” releases following both B4DFRi3ND and RYL0’s magnetic performances at last weekend’s debut Boiler Room x Subculture party in Los Angeles. The track is carried by a playful chiptune synth melody as the song’s central refrain repeats itself. “Are you bad enough?” they ask, a message that represents both a warning and an invitation into B4DFRi3ND’s zany, inclusive universe.
Spearheaded by the artist formerly known as Melo Makes Music (who has collaborated with names such as Ravyn Lenae, Kweku Collins, and Taylor Bennett), B4DFRi3ND is both a solo act and an interdisciplinary collective.
B4DFRi3ND welcomes a diverse mix of vocalists, producers, designers, and artists to contribute to the B4DFRi3ND brand, subverting the individualistic, ego-centered approach to commercial music creation. They’re challenging what it means to be an artist within the contemporary music landscape, and in the process challenging the very nature of identity within a binary society. For them, anyone can be anything, and anyone can be a B4DFRi3ND.
B4DFRi3ND burst onto the scene earlier in 2022, introducing themselves with off-kilter covers filtered through an experimental pop lens. Their debut track, “T3mpt4tion,” consists of a distorted, hyperpop-inflected medley of 2000s alt-rock interpolations; and “Luv Story?” represents a mind-melding, electronic reimagination of the Taylor Swift classic. In July, they released the imminently catchy track “#Omfg,” with prominent bass music producer and blackbear collaborator sober rob.