Rubblebucket, the duo of Kalmia Traver and Alex Tōth, have shared a new single entitled “Teardrops,” and have announced a slew of North American headlining dates. The track is a rare duet from the band, with Tōth singing lead over the main riff while Traver sings harmonies in response. The synth-pop banger features vocoded vocals, funk-inspired bass, and warm synth beds.
Regarding the track, Traver shares, “‘Piss on the rain!’ was the start to a poem that Alex once wrote in real-time freeform while walking up a verdant Palo Alto hillside, in a light misty squall, one spring break on a visit to see my sister Mollie at Stanford. We laughed on the mountaintop and thought it was the most hilarious and beautiful image and feeling: exuding wetness, subsumed by wetness, being wetness. As we chipped away at ‘Teardrops’ this past summer I came back, over and over, to that phrase. It even appears again here, inverted: ‘Take me so deep I become the rain.’
“This song feels like a continuation of our walk some 15 years ago,” Traver continues, “but the underworld version: Tarot’s Nine of Cups, the shadowy nightmares that come with living and the holding of one's self through it all. Crying tears into our own inner oceans. Watching them amount to nothing in the face of Earth’s grandeur. Human futility, held in the vast wet Earthmother’s arms of OK-anyway-ness.”
Check out a lyric video below, and stream the track here.