Pariah Pete’s new single “Real Friends” is a dark, contemplative exploration of friendship, intrusive thoughts, and healing patterns. Produced by Avaaj, “Real Friends” features a jazzy electric piano and a sad refrain. Intimate drum sounds reinforce the vulnerability of the lyrics, and a dramatic fundamental change near the midpoint of the song signals a shift from introspection to anger. The song truly is a journey into Pete’s innermost monologue.
“Real Friends” is only Pete’s second release of 2021, but he’s been plenty busy. He and his band, the Mercuries, have spent countless hours perfecting their live set, which has made Pete one of the premier performers in Phoenix. A sold-out headlining date at the famous Crescent Ballroom and opening slots for established stars like Phony Ppl and Grabbitz have been some of the many highlights.
While “Real Friends” comes at the end of the year, it is a new beginning. It marks the start of an entirely new creative process as Pete begins to work on a project with the producers in his live band. Together, they are building a record that contains live instrumentation and spans various genres, including Bossa nova, surf rock, and breakbeat. And if you’re an old fan, don’t worry, as more traditional hip hop songs produced by underground legends such as Ovrkast ensure that Pete isn’t losing sight of his roots.
Listen to “Real Friends” below.