Although the sound is coming right from your headphones or speakers, something makes it feel like Brooke Bentham’s voice is coming from far away. It’s as if she's singing from the corner of an auditorium with great acoustics, adding a slight eerie touch. Her whisper-like voice sort of reminds me of Billie Eilish, but Bentham focuses more on acoustic guitar chords than pop synths. It adds more of a raw element in the song, and although I’m not sure if she was going for that or not, it’s certainly there.
“All My Friends (Are Drunk)” echoes the feeling of being at a packed party (before the pandemic, of course) watching everyone around you having fun and drinking, but still feeling lonely in the crowd.
The graceful melody leisurely takes its time moving from start to finish. It’s exactly the opposite of how you’d feel if you were drunk alongside your friends, having a good time.
This song is from her new album Sunday Self.