Bestfriend was half-formed through a mutual friend and half-formed through Instagram DMs in 2018. The indie-pop duo is a culmination of two young artists, Stacy Kim and Kaelan Geoffrey, making music from thousands of miles apart; Stacy in the west, Kaelan in the east.
Through trial and error (and many gigabytes of .wav files sent back and forth), they’ve found their stride in dreamy, story-telling pop songs. Bestfriend used their innate skills in collaboration and intuition to release their first original dual-release single, Television ’99 and twentyfour. Geoffrey’s expert use of dreamy, almost euphoric synthesizers paired with Kim’s guiding, melodious vocals pulls listeners into a shared space, creating harmony within the themes of uncertainty.
After testing the waters of remote collaborating on this dual release, they swung into their next release, dropped mid- lockdown in July of 2020. “Last Bus in the A.M.” is a fast and frenzied single about your favorite worst party — the pair received accolades on the single, landing the Spotify Fresh Finds playlist, airtime on London’s Hoxton Radio and coverage on Hype Machine.
Riding the momentum of the previous release, “Does It Matter?” was released in September 2020, becoming their breakthrough single — once again earning airtime on Hoxton Radio, added to the Spotify editorial playlist soda, and covered by publications in the likes of FMS mag, GigSoup and A1234.
Their newest EP, places i’ve lived, is a part 1 of a series of letters; these songs are dedicated to the people and places of the young adult lives they are growing out of. Written and produced entirely by the duo and mixed by Grammy-nominated Travis Ference (Ariana Grande, Tori Kelly, Imagine Dragons), places i’ve lived will be closely followed by the fully written and produced sister EP, places i’ve left.