12 Songs, 45 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Formed by brothers Andrew and Daniel Aged, who are session musicians in their other lives, Inc. creates airtight worlds of unusual perfectionism. A track like "Lifetime" uses a twisted, halting rhythm to create a claustrophobic attack; it's further enhanced by loopy keyboard lines hidden in the mix until the end of the tune. "5 Days" throws together a soothing soulfulness that blends elements of '70s Philly soul with electronica: Pharrell Williams as Steely Dan, The Album Leaf mated with Prince. The textures are so carefully put together that every note seems to have a reason for living. By comparison, the vocals are often muted, nearly mumbled in their lower frequencies; this turns a track like "Trust (Hell Below)" into something far more cryptic than its loud, bright beats would suggest. "Your Tears" is a minute and a half of voices chasing oddly integrated sounds (there's a reggae groove in there somewhere!), while "Angel" has the makings of a power ballad and "Seventeen" is hypnotic and freaky right until the final feedback blast.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Formed by brothers Andrew and Daniel Aged, who are session musicians in their other lives, Inc. creates airtight worlds of unusual perfectionism. A track like "Lifetime" uses a twisted, halting rhythm to create a claustrophobic attack; it's further enhanced by loopy keyboard lines hidden in the mix until the end of the tune. "5 Days" throws together a soothing soulfulness that blends elements of '70s Philly soul with electronica: Pharrell Williams as Steely Dan, The Album Leaf mated with Prince. The textures are so carefully put together that every note seems to have a reason for living. By comparison, the vocals are often muted, nearly mumbled in their lower frequencies; this turns a track like "Trust (Hell Below)" into something far more cryptic than its loud, bright beats would suggest. "Your Tears" is a minute and a half of voices chasing oddly integrated sounds (there's a reggae groove in there somewhere!), while "Angel" has the makings of a power ballad and "Seventeen" is hypnotic and freaky right until the final feedback blast.

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About inc.

Led by Los Angeles-based brothers Andrew and Daniel Aged, Inc. began as Teen Inc. and debuted in 2010 with a self-released 7" single, "Fountains"/"Friends of the Night." Both songs carried a charming demo-sounding quality with the inspirations a peculiar amalgamation of early-'80s post-punk and mid- to late-'80s sophisti-pop and R&B. That same year, the Aged brothers assisted Nite Jewel on the title song for her Am I Real? EP. After dropping "Teen" from their name, the brothers signed to 4AD, where they released a three-track EP, 3, in 2011. On that release, the late-'80s productions of Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis and Teddy Riley, as well as the contemporaneous recordings of Prince, seemed to be the primary influences, albeit with a left-field twist. They smoothed out their sound for the 2013 album No World, also issued on 4AD. Accomplished musicians, Andrew and Daniel have also recorded and toured with a number of high-profile artists, including Raphael Saadiq, Beck, and Cee Lo Green. ~ Andy Kellman

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