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EDITORS’ NOTES

On their self-titled first album, Zac Steinman and Sam Haar offered a heady but rhythmically precise blend of ambient, techno, and house sounds. But for their follow-up, Swisher, the New York City duo amp up the exploratory tendencies and jump the rails, heading into more atmospheric, less linear realms. That's not to say that much of Swisher doesn't revolve around danceable beats, but this time out Blondes seem to have more in mind than the dance floor. Tracks like "Andrew" and "Poland" have moments that wouldn't sound out of place at a club—but anyone trying to dance to the ecstatic electronic explosions of "Rei," the robot sonogram "Wire," or the tumbling, cinematic opening cut, "Aeon," will face an uphill climb. Equally influenced by the German synth masters of the classic Krautrock era, the chill-out charmers of the '90s, and the muses of the moment, Swisher shows Blondes' knack for being both beatwise and bewitching: sometimes alternately, sometimes simultaneously, but always at just the right moment.

EDITORS’ NOTES

On their self-titled first album, Zac Steinman and Sam Haar offered a heady but rhythmically precise blend of ambient, techno, and house sounds. But for their follow-up, Swisher, the New York City duo amp up the exploratory tendencies and jump the rails, heading into more atmospheric, less linear realms. That's not to say that much of Swisher doesn't revolve around danceable beats, but this time out Blondes seem to have more in mind than the dance floor. Tracks like "Andrew" and "Poland" have moments that wouldn't sound out of place at a club—but anyone trying to dance to the ecstatic electronic explosions of "Rei," the robot sonogram "Wire," or the tumbling, cinematic opening cut, "Aeon," will face an uphill climb. Equally influenced by the German synth masters of the classic Krautrock era, the chill-out charmers of the '90s, and the muses of the moment, Swisher shows Blondes' knack for being both beatwise and bewitching: sometimes alternately, sometimes simultaneously, but always at just the right moment.

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Customer Reviews

4 out of 5

12 Ratings

i don't own this...

Decoy303,

but from listening to the clips alone you are instantly transported into realms of electronic/techno drenched rhythms that harken to days of past and future. "Poland" has to be one of the most enticing tunes that i have heard in such a long time. this album is more than worth buying…
it's worth getting.
going into my wish list until the time comes that i can pick this one up.
i suggest you buy it now or do the same as me.

Blondes surprise release

aidonnbrandon,

Even better than their first album! They have matured a lot or maybe they were just listening to better records while making this one. Either way keep it up guys

About Blondes

Brown-haired producers of spacy, slow-building, euphoric dance music, Blondes -- Sam Haar and Zach Steinman, both graduates of Ohio's Oberlin college -- came to notice after uploading some early tracks on their MySpace page. They gained some attention from music blogs and were the subject of Pitchfork's recurring "Rising" feature in March 2010, three months prior to the official release of their debut, Touched, issued on the Merok label. Though it was billed as an EP, the five-track 12" clocked in at just short of 40 minutes, as long as many an album released by some of the duo's inspirations (early Tangerine Dream) and contemporaries (Delia Gonzalez & Gavin Russom). The duo issued a string of singles in 2011, many of which were collected on Blondes' self-titled debut album, a double-disc affair that also included remixes by JD Twitch of Optimo, Laurel Halo, Rene Hell, and Andy Stott. The duo offered an even more refined version of their sound on 2013's Swisher, which emphasized the influence of Krautrock and German dub techno on Blondes' music.

~ Andy Kellman

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