Abby Nissenbaum releases ‘Real Friends’

"The song touches on themes of betrayal, backstabbing, and broken trust, and someone told me a while back that so-called ‘friends’ who engage in such behaviour are not your true friends, just ‘some motherfuckers you know.’"
30 March 2024
Photo by Hannah Kik

Creating Melancholic Indie-Pop Gems

Nashville’s LGBTQ+ indie-pop artist Abby Nissenbaum ​p​resents her latest ​stunning single, Real Friends, exploring the intricacies of fractured relationships and emotional turmoil.​ Following a string of successful singles in 2023 that garnered ​our full attention​, Abby continues to showcase her honest songwriting and knack for crafting infectiously catchy tracks.

Produced by Steph Trivison and engineered by Jonny Ullman, Real Friends builds momentum with a minimal yet effective backdrop of layered e-bow and finger-picked guitar, culminating in a climactic final section layered with ethereal backing vocals, bass, and kick.

Abby reveals: “‘Real Friends’ explores the complicated, dissonant feelings surrounding people who once meant the world to you but are no longer in your life. The song touches on themes of betrayal, backstabbing, and broken trust, and someone told me a while back that so-called ‘friends’ who engage in such behaviour are not your true friends, just ‘some motherfuckers you know.’ It was such a simple and brusque statement that made me laugh during a hard time, and it’s a good reminder that while you can’t ‘un-know’ or ‘un-meet’ people who have caused you harm, you can relegate them to the category of “terrible individuals that [I] happen to know.”

Cover Art by Sam Giamundo

Real Friends captures Abby’s emotive vocals, soaring over dynamic guitar riffs and lo-fi electronics, blending vulnerability with raw energy in a captivating mix. With nostalgic guitar riffs, big drums, and full vocals, Abby immerses listeners into her innermost thoughts and emotions, delivering a progressively focused sound that draws from the indie rock scene while paying homage to iconic female songwriters of the ’60s.

With Real Friends, the classically-trained soprano, former musical theatre performer, and University of Memphis graduate, continues to captivate audiences with her introspective lyricism, emotive vocals, and genre-defying sound. 

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