10 Songs, 38 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Guillaume and Jonathan Alric’s debut album is named after the dancing space, not the Jamaican music genre, but you’ll hear hints of dub reggae and electro in their lullabies. The Paris-based cousins tend to bundle their influences in warm house beats, patient arrangements, and yearning vocals that sound like distorted, distant weeping. The result can sometimes be sparkling and euphoric, like the gently rocking “PLACES,” or it can be dark and transfixing, like the throbbing pulse in “RUNAWAY.” But it’s always more headphone introspection than nightclub escapism that ties the album together and sets the duo apart. “FACES,” the project’s lone instrumental, was one of The Blaze’s earliest tracks. “To have that kind of emotion,” they told Beats 1 host Hanuman Welch of the song, “it’s a bit different. It’s more a kind of—how do you say?— growing up.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

Guillaume and Jonathan Alric’s debut album is named after the dancing space, not the Jamaican music genre, but you’ll hear hints of dub reggae and electro in their lullabies. The Paris-based cousins tend to bundle their influences in warm house beats, patient arrangements, and yearning vocals that sound like distorted, distant weeping. The result can sometimes be sparkling and euphoric, like the gently rocking “PLACES,” or it can be dark and transfixing, like the throbbing pulse in “RUNAWAY.” But it’s always more headphone introspection than nightclub escapism that ties the album together and sets the duo apart. “FACES,” the project’s lone instrumental, was one of The Blaze’s earliest tracks. “To have that kind of emotion,” they told Beats 1 host Hanuman Welch of the song, “it’s a bit different. It’s more a kind of—how do you say?— growing up.”

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About The Blaze

Making atmospheric EDM, often with an emotional arc reflected in accompanying music videos, the Blaze is the duo of Guillaume and Jonathan Alric. The Alrics are cousins based in Paris, France. The project began when Jonathan was enrolled in film school in Brussels and asked Guillaume, who was making electronic music under the moniker Mayd Hubb, to help with music for a video he was shooting. Their debut single, "Virile," emerged in early 2016 as part of the Bromance Records compilation Homieland, Vol. 2. Featuring eerie, pitched-down vocals, its companion video garnered over a million views by the arrival of their first EP, Territory, in the first half of 2017. It was released by Animal63. The Blaze returned a year later with the single -- and video -- "Heaven" in early 2018. ~ Marcy Donelson

ORIGIN
Paris, France
FORMED
2015

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