The Sweeplings Unite Around Loss & Grief On Heartbreaking New Single “Without You”

April 21, 2023 BY Danielle Romeo

Indie-folk duo The Sweeplings return today with an achingly beautiful and deeply personal new single “Without You,” a song written from three intertwining stories that share one common theme: great loss. Listen HERE.

The Sweeplings, Whitney Dean & Cami Bradley, along with Cami’s husband Eric, all lost their fathers too soon. A commonality they wish they didn’t share, but one that built a camaraderie of understanding in grief. The song’s sweeping melodies and pensive chord structure pull the listener in to experience these feelings alongside them. The chorus hits with a solidarity of the thought they all shared: “What will I do without you?” 

They explain, “Each verse is written about our specific experiences of ‘lasts’… the last moments, words, breaths, and goodbyes. Each chorus and interlude of strings rising and falling communicates the passage of time between each story and the link between each of us.”


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 NPRHuffington PostAtwood Magazine, and more. Their cinematic style landed various syncs on Pretty Little LiarsThe Vampire DiariesGood BehaviorLongmire, and The Fosters in which they also appeared for a performance of “In Too Deep.” On their 2022 full-length album, Debris, the duo traced an arc of highs and lows, from death and grief to birth and joy, in a collection of sonically expressive songs that echo poignantly the inexpressible heart-rending hollowness of loss and the indescribable jubilation of welcoming new life into the world.

The duo will be releasing more new music this year; details forthcoming!

Download “Without You” Single Art Here