LA Band Bay Ledges' Single "I Wonder" Is An Indie-Pop Party
Bay Ledges are the quintessential indie-pop band. Based in sunny Los Angeles, they’ve got the radio recipe down pat: infectious rhythms, singalong hooks, and quick beats. Last year they released “I Wonder,” yet another hit-the-ground-running indie anthem. A few months ago, the band dropped the music video for it — a ridiculously fun visual romp through Bay Ledges’ quirky creativity.
“The lyrics for ‘I Wonder’ came from a place of missing someone I was trying to get over. It would've been easy to make a serious or dramatic video for it, but humor and friends have always been the best medicine,” Bay Ledges’ songwriter Zach Hurd tells The Music Mermaid. “There's something so hilarious, sad, and sweet about that visual...and I think the combination of those feelings, together, sums up the video for me.”
So yes, “I Wonder” boasts some heavy subject matter, but it’s disguised as a bright, buzzy pop singalong. In the same vein as our favorite indie bands like Local Natives and courtship., the song seems to burst from within, emanating this addictive concoction of sunlit surf-rock rhythms and misty dream-pop melody. It wastes no time exploding with punchy percussion and neon synth twinkling in the background, a smile-inducing tune led by Zach’s smooth voice.
The video accompaniment for “I Wonder” mimics the song’s lighthearted production style. Presented like a short film, its cinematography is gorgeous — lush, warm color palettes and vintage suits and a whole lot of idyllic nothingness — as we watch scenes unfold in which the band jams (well, not exactly jams, because despite their ability to produce total bangers, they’re stoic and steady in their performance) out in the Californian desert.
The song’s a bop. The video’s a smash. Bay Ledges nailed it all.