"SB’s music is a mix of old-school electronica, cosmic flourishes, nostalgic sampling and sounds at times like a mish mash of DJ Shadow, Air, ’60s psychedelia, ’80s synths and touches on the same sound sources as the current trend for hypnagogic pop (aka chillwave aka glo-fi aka WTF are you talking about?). Look out for the Inner Sunshine EP coming soon and their debut album, provisionally titled She Was Coloured In in the summer."
This Friday’s FACT mix comes from Dublin-based duo Solar Bears.
Recently signed to Planet Mu, we’ve been listening to this duo’s music non-stop of late – their Inner Sunshine EP, recently released with a remix by Lone, is more than healthy but it’s in their debut album, the forthcoming She Was Coloured In where the real Solar Bears treats lie. Inspired by the likes of Broadcast and Tangerine Dream, it’s an album of gentle synth-pop, swelling ambience and archaic Kosmische and prog that sits nicely next to recent work by Ratatat and Oriol, as well as Boards of Canada and Pivot.
Compiled by the group’s Rian Trench, Solar Bears’ FACT mix features Harmonia ’76, Lone, Kate Bush, Fuck Buttons and more and is sounding pretty perfect to our ears this morning. Watch out for a full FACT interview with the pair in the not-too-distant future.
Tracklist: Twin Sister – Ginger Solar Bears – Kill On George Delerue – Theme de Camille Fuck Buttons – Space Mountain Beaver and Krause – As I Hear It Lone – The Twilight Switch Harmonia ’76 – When Shade was Born Cornelius – Drop Stanley Myers – Cavatina Joy Division – Decades Julee Cruise – The World Spins Kate Bush – Cloudbusting Bibio – Segee and the Indian Paul Giovanni – Willow’s Song
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