Magdalena Bay is a synth pop duo composed of Mica Tenenbaum and Matthew Lewin, longtime collaborators who’ve been making music together since high school. The duo prides itself in its DIY approach to pop. Writing, recording, production, graphics, and even video work all come to life in their midtown LA apartment– some walls in their living room studio support speakers, others are obscured by green screens and second-hand lighting equipment.
Magdalena Bay has crafted a world born from arcade aesthetics, synthy sounds, and a passion for pop. “We created Magdalena Bay because we were tired of the moody, depressing pop on the radio. We definitely feel nostalgic for the dance pop of the 80’s, 90’s and 2000’s,” says Lewin. This aversion to monotony has led to an exciting collection of singles from Magdalena Bay, all of which show off the band’s song-crafting skills, lyrical prowess, and ability to transport listeners to a far away, bubblegum pop dreamscape.
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