house of blondes
For Immediate Release: July 31, 2015
New York City trio House of Blondes make analog-focused electronic music utilizing synth drones, drum machines and low key vocals, resulting in a sublime hybrid of ambient electro-pop.
House of Blondes’ debut LP Clean Cuts, released in February 2012 via Glowmatic Records, was co-produced by band members John Blonde and Chris Pace in Pace’s Bushwick recording studio Smoke and Mirrors. The album was initially inspired by GAS — the ambient-techno project of Wolfgang Voigt. The band began performing live in March 2012, opening for Psychic TV, Cult of Youth and personal heroes Eleven Pond. As a live act, Blonde, Pace and Brian McNamara use vintage analog synths, live bass, and a mix of drum machines and live drumming that draw out ghosts from second hand markets, forgotten music libraries, and the Internet archives.
On July 1st the band released the first single from their forthcoming sophomore LP Stranger Still via PopMatters, who described the track (aptly titled "First of July") as "a shimmering new electro-pop track... here just in time for the symbolic start of a kid's summer vacation." Blah Blah Blah Science had the next single, the "stunning and affecting" "I Always Wanted To Live Like That," and today the album is streaming in full exclusively on Another Dying Artform.
On August 1st, in celebration of the release of the new album, House of Blondes will perform two live sets at Troost (in Greenpoint, Brooklyn) with Louis Sherman of Locust DJing throughout the evening. The show is being presented by Your Village -- an organization that has presented ten nights of analog-focused electronic music since early 2015.
"If you follow the history of electronic music established by Kraftwerk and Tangerine Dream that influenced newer artists such as Air and Chromatics, Stranger Still fits quite appropriately with that lineage."
- ANOTHER DYING ARTFORM
"Succeeds on its beautiful sweeping turns of melody that, when sat within the frame of the track's dramatic droning synths, blend into some really stunning and affecting chord voicings."
- BLAH BLAH BLAH SCIENCE
"A shimmering new electropop track... just in time for that symbolic start of a kid's summer vacation."
"Clean cuts is a work of retro futurism that pays tribute to its influences in fine style."
- The Pop! Stereo
"Slow Motion Tourist is an atmospheric robot stomper that's equally
ready for the closing credits and a dry ice-laden dancefloor."
- RCRD LBL