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On The Hum of the Electric Air, the the One AM Radio deliver a delicate, intrinsically beautiful set of songs. Jane Yakowitz and Hrishikesh Hirway are a sharp pair in carefully constructing an indie/dream pop style. There's an intimacy similar to the likes of Parker and Lily, Galaxie 500, and Sparklehorse that highlights the duo's perfectionism as well. "I Think This Is My Exit" and "The House We Will Make" are romantic, charming songs where orchestral arrangements float around basic acoustics. "Lonesome Moon" prances with more of an upbeat sound, but Hirway's lush, plaintive lyrics are smart in luring a listener in. You want to hear something more, learn something more from the inquisitive world of the One AM Radio. Their debut album is a perfect fit for those gray-like, quiet, singular moments where your mind pauses. The Hum of the Electric Air allows one to find a clarity among the musical haze.


Formed: March, 1999 in Massachusetts

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

The dark, melancholy dream pop sounds of the One AM Radio came together in 1999 with vocalist Hrishikesh Hirway, and despite various collaborators, the band remained something of his one-man project through the years. He was a student at Yale and recorded several EPs with Ted Leo and the like. In spring 2000, he befriended another Yale student, violin player Jane Yakowitz, to contribute to a 7" he was recording for Troubleman Unlimited. The two struck a chord, personally and professionally. Yakowitz...
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