“Surfs Up” by Brave Shores

Brave Shores have dropped a video of their track “Surfs Up” off their debut EP. Directed by Emma Higgins and Henry Sansom, the video features Jay and Stefanie taking it easy on a beach when they cross paths with some magical animated new friends.

Brave Shores, whose 2013 synth pop single, “Never Come Down,” was chosen to promote a smart phone on a national ad campaign. With the unexpected high-profile placement, the brother/sister combo of Jay and Stefanie McCarrol suddenly found themselves with the unique opportunity to fully explore a genre that was unfamiliar, yet wholly intriguing. Knowing that the road less traveled can present both hidden dangers and unexpected pleasures, the duo consciously chose to dive into a new musical world, one filled with synthesizers and drum loops. The result is Brave Shores’ self-titled debut EP, an infectious work that reflects the siblings’ wide-eyed exploration of an entirely new musical journey.

Jay McCarrol was working at a music post-production company in 2013 when he penned “Never Come Down,” a synthy feel-good blast of electro pop in the spirit of The Naked and Famous, MGMT, and CHVRCHES. He immediately knew that younger sister Stefanie would be the perfect choice to sing on “Never Come Down.” According to Jay, “Stef nailed her parts in half an hour, and our sound was born.”

Jay and Stefanie have also shared the stage with Leslie Feist, Hayden, Zeus, and pop punk band The Golden Dogs. Brave Shores were invited to the 2014 Pop Montreal Festival and opened for Rich Aucoin this past summer. For their Brave Shores EP, the McCarrols pushed themselves to “make fun and upbeat pop music that sounds really cool.” According to Stefanie, “the real challenge was to make pop music that we actually liked.”