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Inbox Jukebox Presents: Marina City’s New Song “Strawberry”

Photo: Penelope Martinez

You ready to dance all the way into the weekend? Inbox Jukebox Presents is serving up some fresh beats from Marina City. “Strawberry” is a slinky alt-pop tune that’ll have you thriving on secret crushes and a headrush of emotion.

“‘Strawberry’ was a lot of fun to write, it felt like it just flowed out. I remember we were sitting in [Marina City’s drummer] Eric’s basement trying to make beats and find inspiration,” vocalist Ryan Argast says. You can feel how natural this track is—the beat flows right through you, sliding between chorus and verse with style. “We probably sat there for 2-3 hours looping chords, rhythms, and beats. We left to eat, came back, sat down, started messing with that 808 bass feel in the verse and it felt like we turned on a faucet. I was just flowing with melodies all of a sudden.”

“The song sounds as fun as it was to make.”

The song redefines poppin’—starting off with electric pops that will immediately get you snapping your fingers. Then the falsetto vocals come in to give you chills in all the feelgood ways. And when that guitar hooks you in, damn, you’ll be on your feet and moving. “Strawberry” is all about feeling, instinct, living in the moment—even how it was written. “I had the pre-chorus flowing out first. Those lyrics were the first words that came out of my mouth,” Argast says. “I thought it was fun so I kept them and tried to write a song around that concept ‘I know it sounds crazy but crazy’s what I want us to be! We can stay as friends but friends make each other happy’.”

“Strawberry” goes out to: All those friends who could be something more; all those stolen looks at perfect strangers across the room; to the ones who make your heart race—even if it’s just for one night. “The song is simply about hooking up with a friend in secrecy. There’s nothing really deep about it which is rare for me to write. I’m usually sitting it a dim lit bedroom writing about dark things or messages I need to say,” Argast explains.

With a bounce like this there’s no need for deeper meaning, “Sometimes people don’t need a message. Sometimes we just want to dance! Music doesn’t always have to be serious and thought provoking. The song sounds as fun as it was to make.” One play and you’ll believe it. “Strawberry” really is as sweet as the name suggests—so get ready for a sugar rush.

Fun Fact About “Strawberry”:

“I sang falsetto first just because I was singing under my breath trying to figure out melodies but when it was time to record the demo it felt weird to sing it full voice. It sounded playful and as if I was singing in your ear.” – Ryan Argast

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