Meet carwash with new track ‘boyfriend, girlfriend’

July 15 2021

carwash, the emo-tinged DIY pop project of 20-year-old multi-instrumentalist and multi-disciplinary artist Garrett Seamans, today follows up the success of his 2019 single, ‘striptease‘ (+14M streams), with his latest offering, ‘boyfriend, girlfriend‘. Listen on SpotifyApple Music and more. 

Across an audio-visual universe of multiple sounds and personas, the creativity of San Diego-based artist Garrett Seamans runs freely, hardly reined in by notions of genre or medium. Unfettered, escapist experimentation is the rule; vulnerability is the constant. From the alt-pop blankets of Postcard Boy to the comparatively guitar-forward carwash and the whimsical videos he releases under his YouTube channel, phylm, this ethos is what tethers all of Garrett’s myriad projects together. 

Of the track, carwash says, “‘boyfriend, girlfriend’ is the story of falling for your best friend. For me, it was in the summer when I was seventeen. I didn’t want to ruin our friendship, so it took me weeks to finally make a move… The chorus chronicles that first kiss moment. Thankfully, it went well, and we are still together a couple years later now. I wrote this song reflecting on the beginnings of our relationship. A lot of our initial bond was over music and going to shows, so I’m happy this song carries the energy that live music supplies.”

Away from the moniker of Postcard Boy, the music Seamans creates as carwash is influenced in part but not limited to: emo and indie rock of the ’90s and early aughts, sunrises spent on the San Diego coast, his cinematographic work, high school romance, a need for a language more accessible than words themselves. With half-murmured vocals that feel as though they’re longing desperately to break out of their own demure hesitance, a deluge of crunched-out guitars awash in reverb and wistful, nostalgic melodies, ‘boyfriend, girlfriend’ channels the pangs and pulls of adolescent desire, combining the coastal haziness of Best Coast with the yearning of second-wave emo and the arena-sized relatability of modern-day bedroom pop in one effortlessly sweeping, lovelorn push. 

boyfriend, girlfriend’ by carwash is out now, buy/stream it on SpotifyApple Music, and more. 

In high school, Garrett self-released his first tracks as Postcard Boy, landing a profile in the Los Angeles Times and finding an online audience. With a burgeoning fanbase, Garrett continued to drop regular releases as Postcard Boy, including EPs across 2018 and 2019, Limbo and Scrapbook, as well as standalone singles like ‘24 Hours‘ and  ‘skydive‘. By the end of 2019 as Garrett finished recording Limbo — Postcard Boy’s reverb-soaked EP about the transitional time between high school and college — he had arrived at something of a crossroad. Exploring a bounty of disparate artistic territories and an eagerness to share his creations with the wider world has always come naturally to Garrett. But with its hazy, lo-fi-inflected rock, the music he was creating now didn’t sit as comfortably beneath the Postcard Boy aesthetic. carwash, a new home for this creative direction to nestle itself within, subsequently debuted in 2019 with the single, ‘striptease’. To Seamans’ surprise, ‘striptease‘ proceeded to garner tens of millions of streams, audiences young, old, and anywhere in between magnetised to its aching encapsulation of youthful, reckless love. Seamans rolled with the acclaim, expanding the carwash universe with a smattering of singles across 2020, receiving praise from the likes of KCRWLA TimesOnes to Watch, and more for his combined efforts.

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