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Sugar Friend

from arone x s t a r g a z e (Scholars Alliance version) by Arone Dyer & stargaze

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The new single “Sugar Friend” explores the experience of dealing with an entitled friend and realising the importance of setting boundaries to avoid being mistreated, ultimately reflecting on the bittersweet aftermath of the friendship. The track is a mesmerising classical inchworm march, which fully exemplifies the poignant power of the s t a r g a z e ensemble as they weave in and around Dyer’s ethereal vocals.

Speaking on the themes behind the single, Dyer says, “the song is about a friend’s entitlement, and how I tried to sugarcoat our experience to maintain a friendship despite being taken for granted. I became the scapegoat for their broadly lived frustrations, the whipping post, thinking I was helping them to vent. Not true! Never let a friend abuse you. “You made a bitter plan, better than meeting me in plain sight, like I was blind before you turned on the light.” That’s the shit there, when a friend treats you like you’re so lucky to have them, in a way that squashes your autonomy. “Since you left, my rightness seems no different than the glowing moon" refers to my inner truths, who I know myself to be, that I am a good a loving friend, and this person basically claimed I was wrong about myself, that I was actually not a good person and they were going to fix me. Which is bullshit. IYKYK. “We still hunger for caramel licks of each other, Wouldn’t it be sweet if sugar was all we needed” - We just couldn’t find the love after all of that. It was a shame, to me. I still think about them and wish them well.”

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from arone x s t a r g a z e (Scholars Alliance version), released December 1, 2023

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Buke and Gase Hudson, New York

Est. 2008, New York by the duo of Arone Dyer & Aron Sanchez. We are an experimental pop band who improvise & edit down the results until only the grooviest parts remain.We play on instruments we build—formerly the buke & gase exclusively. Now the Arx & other things. NPR Music once said “No other bands sound quite like the duo of Buke & Gase.” Ok! ... more

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