As indie love anthems go, 111 million streams, 1.1 million TikTok videos & weeks spent in the Top 10 of Spotify’s Viral 50 chart, is a beginning most could only fantasise about. For Baltimore romantic Lonely God, this was actuality, with single ‘Marlboro Nights’ gaining viral traction in a heartwarming TikTok movement featuring parents & their kids.

He returns today with acclaimed hyper-pop upstart Midwxst to re-imagine the global hit. ‘Marlboro Nights 2 (feat. midwxst) is the hip-hop tinged, indie pop muse at his most candid, now with a charming irreverence bestowed by the silvery vocals of MidwxstLonely God’s charismatic honesty and beguile compliments the verse deftly, driving the nostalgic narrative across crisp, lo-fi samples, bouncing rhythms and indie-influenced riffs.

The initial release of ‘Marlboro Nights’ is candid and frank. Lonely God sings of love in unexpected places, late nights chain smoking and sleepy eyes. Midwxst joins, creating ‘Marlboro Nights 2 (feat. midwxst). Together they examine the tumultuous infatuation of young romance, with it’s ever-changing affections and inclinations.

“You can say that I’m at fault, but we all know that’s a lie. You always claim you’re on my side, don’t put in effort, never try… Baby I think you’re my kryptonite”

The growth of hyper-pop and fusion of indie & hip-hop is being consistently fueled by bedroom artists leveraging community based platforms such as Soundcloud and TikTok. Lonely God Midwxst are both at the forefront of this movement, with influences from 100 gecs, Juice WRLD and blackbear blending seamlessly together with laid back and nostalgic driven sonics of Rex Orange County, Best Coast Wallows.
‘Marlboro Nights 2 (feat. midwxst)’ is the continued scrapping of boundaries and preconceived notions – a refusal to conform to what “bedroom music” should be. There lies no doubt that both artist’s will grow to become leaders of their communities, inspiring future generations who hold desires to connect their music with like-minded individuals, globally.