Groovy. Intimate. Loungey. And of course, neighborly. These are the words Pink Neighbor embodies in sound and vibe. Based in Grinnell, Iowa, multi-instrumentalists Katie In and Erik Jarvis have worked patiently on their songwriting crafts since their teenage years. The deft and diverse output of Pink Neighbor demonstrates this, as they draw from the American Songbook, vintage global-psychedelia, lounge and film scores, and anything that makes for a nice thread in their sonic quilt.
The experience In and Jarvis bring to Pink Neighbor makes the project both fully-realized and ever-changing. They have each released self-produced solo material and contributed to the recording collective The Plain Mosaic. Since forming in 2016, Pink Neighbor has released two self-produced EPs, and they are preparing to release three new singles throughout the spring and summer of 2018. Produced by Patrick Tape Fleming (Gloom Balloon) and engineered by Patrick Stolley (formerly of Daytrotter), these songs were recorded and mixed to tape, and showcase Pink Neighbor’s comfortable and earnest approach to making music.
Their music has been featured on Iowa Public Radio, KHOI Community Radio, and KURE Ames Alternative. While working to cultivate a music community in Grinnell, and to act as music ambassadors for Grinnell, they have shared the stage with Christopher the Conquered, Foxholes, Gloom Balloon, Pieta Brown & Bo Ramsey, and The Pines.
The true magic of Pink Neighbor comes from the way they create and experience community. When they perform, they may invite you to participate in a lightly-choreographed group dance, or to “raise a glass” with them. On their Time Driving EP, their actual upstairs neighbor, an amiable baritone, contributes backup vocals for several tracks. With Pink Neighbor, there’s always a party, and everyone’s invited.