You heard it first on Majestic Journal: REFS’ latest artistic chapter is one that will stay with you.


At Majestic Journal, our “Fresh Sounds” feature aims to showcase not just the latest tracks from our favorite up-and-coming artists, but those doing things differently. In our latest feature, we’re premiering REFS’ latest single, “Stories.”


NYC-based electronic pop duo REFS has just released a new single titled “Stories,” and one of the lyrics from the song, “we hold on to different things / to different stories,” is a message that sticks.

Comprised of vocalist (and Chance the Rapper tour mate) Richard Saunders and producer Zach Lipkins, REFS has unfolded their own story with singles “Play God” and “Normal Too / Milk,” garnering millions of Spotify streams and positive coverage from major music news outlets in the process.

The cluster of instrumentals in “Stories” is a key component that adds intricacy to the track; the recast of drums, along with the atmospheric soundscapes, make it hard to distinguish if the song is meant to sound sad or happy — perhaps it’s best for the listener to decide. The notion is also expressed in the song’s music video, where various scenes switch from gleeful times with friends at a rooftop gathering to Saunders singing solo in an abandoned bedroom.

On top of their thoughtful sound, REFS’ vibrant aesthetic is what sums up their edge. Each piece of their album artwork is represented by a different predominant color, which the music video mimics with dreamy pink hues and shots of the duo dancing behind a radiant purple backdrop.

Along with this premiere of “Stories” on Majestic Journal, REFS will be performing their debut live show on March 2nd, 2019 — one that will surely be a feast for all senses.

REFS’ “Stories” is out now. Watch and listen below.


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Written by Paulina Praphanchith

Edited by Jaclyn Siu