Singer-songwriter Katie Preston has officially released her first solo single. “The Art of Falling Apart” comes in advance of a full EP titled Soap Opera, due out later this year. Preston has been a fixture in the Rochester, NY music scene, appearing in various bands, but noticeable for her tenure with rock group Pleistocene. She now embarks on a solo journey, venturing to Nashville to record, both this track and the EP, at Sound Awake Studios and Tiny Tape Room.

“The Art of Falling Apart” is melancholic and breezy, dripping in that kind of sunny-yet-sad vibe that dominated California pop in the ’60s and ’70s. There’s also something very modern here, too, with an ambient dream pop sound that cloaks the song’s tuneful, almost Beatles-esque bounce. Harp flourishes and a downward-descending bass line meld with wilting and reverb-soaked guitar and keyboard passages, while Preston’s laidback and understated croon sits perfectly in the center. It all comes together to create a smooth retro-leaning millennial head-hung-low-head-bopper.

Check out Katie Preston’s new single “The Art of Falling Apart” below. Be on the look out for her EP Soap Opera soon.