Work Wife is a new name on the block, but their single “Unspoken” is such an effortless example of what is to come that it seems like they have been at it for a while…and it’s because they have. The duo is comprised of Maddy Weisman and Matias Van Order Gonzalez, two recent college graduates collaborating remotely during the pandemic. Maddy and Matias met at Bard College while studying music and collaborated for a couple years before forming Work Wife. The duo is primarily interested in making pop songs, with some personality. With Matias’ digital laptop production aesthetic, and Maddy’s slightly mysterious, laid back flowing voice, the group brings something new to the table of DIY bedroom pop.
“Unspoken” is one of two of Work Wife’s releases so far. It carries a haunted atmosphere, even from the very beginning when the song starts off with static before abruptly cutting to a more melodic energy, equipped with soaring synths and measured beats. Maddy provides ghostly vocals to match the chilling lyrics as static and reverb continue to enter in and out of the instrumental. The lyrics are about questioning the nature of a relationship, wondering how much of it was in her head because of how much was left unspoken. Layered vocals add another and eerie dimension on top of the measured beats and more percussive elements. The song becomes more complex as it continues, showcasing the duo’s production and vocal prowess.
While their official group name might be new, Maddy and Matias have already showcased their hard-earned talents and I cannot wait to hear what else comes out of Work Wife. You can listen to “Unspoken” below, along with their other single, “Delivered” which has a similar production style, but feels might brighter and lighter, showing the dichotomy under which this duo can function.