Oakland’s Trails and Ways Releases “Say You Will,” 2nd Single Off Upcoming Album Pathology


I am a big fan of Trails and Waysa local band that really embraces the diversity we have here in the Bay Area. Their music is infused with South American genres like bossa nova, and exudes the warmth of California sunshine. And you have to love a group where every member including the drummer sings.

Today they are giving us a second peak into their upcoming album Pathology with “Say You Will.” Featuring a heavy bass line, a heartbeat and some classic disco Nile Rodgers-esque guitar, it exemplifies the groups ability to blend styles into great music. They recorded and produced the whole new album themselves in their drummer’s bedroom.

Bassist/ vocalist Emma Oppen wrote the song and explains the creative process as follows:

“Two years ago I met someone very special, and had the experience of falling in love in a matter of hours. In my delirium, I imagined making an ultimatum: Say you will, or don’t say anything at all. A few months later, I wrote the bass line in the back of the van on our first summer tour, and made the first demo recording of the vocal melody against the droning fan of a venue bathroom. Silky four-part harmonies open into a dance between syncopated bass, plucky synths, and an insistent, grounding beat. A biting rhythm guitar kicks in at the chorus for a sassy groove you can choose to love forever, or wherever you are in the moment.”

This  is the second release of the month for Trails and Ways. Their song “Skeletons” is infectious, with precise, staccato guitar picking and catchy vocal harmonies. You can check it out below:

You can hear the new tracks at The Independent on June 5th, then they are hitting the road with fellow Oaklandites (Oaklanders?) Waterstrider for the month of June. More tour info at their website.

While we wait for the new album I urge you to check out some of their cover songs on Hype Machine. I am a big fan of their Miike Snow and M83 covers.