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Indie-Pop Favorites, Eighty Ninety, Release New Single After Brief Hiatus “heart on the line”

NYC-based brothers Abner and Harper James return with the release of their new single, “Heart on the Line” after a brief hiatus!

You all… this single put me in the ground. I have such a sweet stop for indie-pop and this single was no different.

“Heart on the Line” balances intimate storytelling with catchy melodies and enticing pop production.

Out of the two brothers, Abner is the main guy for vocals while Harper plays guitar, but both brothers are masters with production.

We let the emotional arc of the song, rather than any set of genre conventions, lead us to instruments and sounds.


This single is about a make-or-break moment in a relationship where you’re confronted with the choice to continue fighting for the love and partnership you’ve built or let it slip away.

Ouch, right? Who can relate?

Now I’m all choked up / And now I can’t sleep / Are we falling in love / Or apart at the seams? / Maybe we can’t know / Maybe love is the same as belief

Debuting the Eighty Ninety project back in 2016 with their first single, “Three Thirty” which climbed to #2 on Spotify’s Global Viral Charts.

They released their debut EP, Elizabeth, in 2016 and their music has gone up to rack over 29 million streams.

The duo has gotten press support from Billboard, Alternative Press, and Ones to Watch.

They have also earned a co-sign from Taylor Swift who added their single “Your Favorite Song” to her official Spotify playlist – Songs Taylor Loves.

When we produced ‘Heart on the Line’ we wanted it to feel personal — almost like it was recorded late at night after one of the midnight phone calls we’re writing about in the song. But we also wanted the choruses to feel cinematic because even though feelings around these moments are personal, they can feel so huge. To show that contrast, we used minimal verses and lonely, distant counter melodies with sweeping, harmony-stacked choruses.


Connect with Eighty Ninety below, and stream “Heart on the Line”!

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Kristi, founder and creator of The A&R Guru, graduated from Belmont University in April of 2021. She earned her BBA in Music Business and a minor in Production. She's passionate about A&R, digital marketing, event management, production, and touring. One of the most important things she wants her audience to know is that talent is everywhere, and as a music industry professional, she is determined to find it.

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