The Sweeplings Return With Powerful New Song + Video “Hush (What a Mess)”

October 18, 2021 BY Nettwerk

Indie-folk duo The Sweeplings make their grand return with a powerful new song, “Hush (What a Mess),” available now on all digital retailers (here). The duo of Cami Bradley and Whitney Dean explores the darker corners of their sound as their trademark harmonies dance around pounding drums and cinematic minor chords. The roaring melodies and ominous instrumentals reach fever pitch on the climactic final chorus.

“Hush…’ is about allowing yourself to be heard. Standing up and using your voice against those trying to silence you,” they explain. 

In the accompanying video, we see the duo shrouded in mystery. It highlights The Sweeplings’ textured sound and cutting vocal harmonies. As the tension builds, the duo writhes with each passionate plea.


The Sweeplings make music that settles comfortably into the canon of classic American acoustic music. Haunting yet hopeful, together Whitney Dean and Cami Bradley create luring melodies and lyrics that touch on the universal and the fleeting; those shared experiences that while they’re happening might seem trivial but go on to become waypoints in the memory of a life well lived. It might be the sudden realization that, when it comes to love, forever isn’t all that long. We are all on the same ride to the undeniable end, yet with someone by our side we just might be able to go gently into that good night. Sonically, they approach each song as if writing for the screen. A swirl of melodies and harmonies bring you along on their journey, the sounds they craft at once giving rise to a myriad of mental imagery.

Since emerging with their self-titled EP in 2014, The Sweeplings maintained a prolific pace. They built a growing catalog, consisting of four EPs Covers, Ch. 1 [2016], Winter’s Call [2016], Sleepwalking [2017], and Merrier Days [2017], their full-length, Rise & Fall [2017] and subsequent Losing Ground Volumes 1 & 2. Between frequent touring, they attracted acclaim from NPR, Huffington Post, Atwood Magazine, and more. Their cinematic style landed various syncs on Pretty Little Liars, The Vampire Diaries, Good Behavior, Longmire, and The Fosters in which they also appeared for a performance of “In Too Deep.”

Stay tuned for more from The Sweeplings.


The Sweeplings in the Press:

“Spokane, Wash. singer Cami Bradley and Huntsville, Ala. singer/songwriter Whitney Dean, who met on a whim and, less than a year later, are making music that seems to contain decades of intimacy.” –NPR Music

“…the most gorgeous music by a folk-pop duo…” –PopMatters

“…perfectly balanced vocal harmonies and pulsing piano, textured with light strings.  It is elegance in simplicity at its finest.” –American Songwriter

“Haunting, bittersweet and altogether mesmerizing..” –Atwood Magazine