Eighty Ninety's debut single "Three Thirty" — a hook-laced, hypnotic message to a past love — quickly reached #2 on Spotify's Global Viral Chart and #23 on Billboard's Velocity Chart after its independent release, gaining the band over 1 million monthly Spotify listeners with a single song. Eighty Ninety is comprised of brothers Abner (vocals, production) and Harper James (guitar, production). Their music fuses intimate storytelling, sticky melodies, and minimalist pop productions built on acoustic instruments and electronic sounds in a style they call “808s and telecasters”.
Since the release of their moody, romantic debut EP Elizabeth, Eighty Ninety have garnered over 17 million streams and have been featured on Spotify playlists including New Music Friday, Pop Rising, Fresh Finds, Viral Hits, New Indie Mix, Indie Pop, Chill Vibes, Weekly Buzz, Relax & Unwind, Mood Booster, MTV Radar and many more. The EP’s success saw Eighty Ninety featured on the cover of Spotify’s Fresh Finds playlist, and a second single, “Heartbreaker”, make waves on international viral charts. The band’s self-produced and directed music videos premiered in publications including Ones To Watch, Galore, and Local Wolves while Abner and Harper turned their attention to building out the band for live shows, performing at New York venues like Music Hall of Williamsburg and Mercury Lounge.
In the fall of 2017 Eighty Ninety announced their upcoming EP Bowery Beach Road and released its first single, nostalgic indie-pop anthem "Your Favorite Song". The song was hand-picked by Taylor Swift for her official Spotify playlist Songs Taylor Loves, and was covered by publications ranging from Billboard and NME to Glamour and People Magazine. "Your Favorite Song" featured on Spotify playlists including Indie Pop, Chill Vibes and Indie Shuffle and garnered praise from outlets like Alternative Press, which called the song a "heartfelt anthem", Huffington Post, which declared it "beautiful...sumptuous pop music at its best." The band followed with a remix of "Your Favorite Song" by multiplatinum pop-duo Loote that generated support from blogs including Dancing Astronaut, Run the Trap, and Wave Music and Spotify playlists including New Music Friday Canada, New Music Now, Pop Gaming, and It's a Bop.
That March, LadyGUNN named Eighty Ninety an "Artist You Should Have Seen At SXSW 2018", citing their "stellar guitar jams" and Taylor Swift endorsement. After catching their performance at SXSW, Indie Shuffle praised their music and live set, writing that the band "...marry soft pop melodies with acoustic guitars and glossy synths...Eighty Ninety's polished work is beautiful...I can’t stress enough that their live acoustics are something special."