Ooooh dreamy, the new track and video for ‘The Girls’ is everything we want in a song (That’s why we are writing about it again), comprised of 22-year-old Mica Tenenbaum and 23-year-old Matthew Lewin who come together to form Magdalena Bay.
Having started writing together in high school the duo came together to form Magdalena Bay in 2016 and have since released a number of tracks that are equally as impressive as ‘The Girls’. Mica and Matthew take inspiration retro pop songwriting and contemporary production– the result has been a collection of upbeat and synth-driven singles, bringing retro aesthetics into the contemporary era.
“’The Girls’ starts with an encounter, a pushy guy at a bar who doesn’t get the hint that I’m not interested in talking or getting to know him” explains Mica Tenenbaum, one half of the Miami-born duo. “The song builds on that typical type of encounter and muses on the exasperation and exhaustion that comes with being a woman. From childhood, girls are acutely aware of how men look at them. We carry the weight of that objectification. It makes us powerless but also powerful– and ‘The Girls’ is an ode to that heavy understanding of the world and themselves that women carry with them.”
Speaking on the video Mica says – “We filmed this video ourselves, using a VHS camcorder we bought on eBay. It wasn’t until AFTER we shot that we found out the camera was totally broken. It destroyed most of tape as it filmed, so 80% of what we shot came out looking like a glitchy VHS tornado. We pulled together the scraps of salvaged normal footage, the best glitchy moments, and our own home video footage (yes that’s me as a baby). We wanted to use images that represent womanhood, and having that footage of my mom made this project really special to me.”