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Hear Here: Blondes, 'Virgin Pacific'

Posted by Michael Brodeur  March 21, 2011 09:00 AM

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BLONDES - Virgin Pacific from Camilla Padgitt-Coles on Vimeo.

Brooklyn's Blondes make lush, bright, textural techno with their hands -- that is, with lots of boxes, buttons and knobs, and a table covered in cables. In days where some bands are launching their career by thumbing the space bar, Blondes' easy, breezy, laptop-free steezy feels like a breath of fresh air -- even though it sounds more like a perpetual zoom into a pastel tropical fractal. (Whoa!)

Zach Steinman and Sam Haar met at Oberlin -- a reliable hive of accidental artrock -- and spent some time together in Berlin, ostensibly soaking in its rich electronic scene. But don't let the pedigrees fool you, Blondes seem far more concerned with the present than the past, making it happen right there in front of you. The songs hover at around 100bpm, making them not only the perfect soundtrack to a slow spring thaw, but the perfect on-ramp for tonight's Simian Mobile Disco show at the Paradise, where the band will warm the room up for The Juan Maclean's DJ set.

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