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TEENGIRL FANTASY

Teengirl Fantasy, the duo of Logan Takahashi and Nick Weiss, return with ‘8AM’, their first full-length since 2012’s ‘Tracer’. ‘8AM’ is music that replicates that headspace when you’ve seen the sun come up, but sleep is still way off. It’s music of the in-between time, between tonight and tomorrow, when you’re not ready to let the feeling of right here and right now go. Your body is spent, but your spirit holds on to the memory. A new energy or a different route. The album takes the dream-state of Teengirl Fantasy’s 2010 album ‘7AM’ deep into the next day, stretching ambient themes in multiple directions, scattering with the morning light. ‘8AM’ is Teengirl Fantasy’s most introspective and abstracted work so far.

It still pulses with the muscle memory of house and disco, slow-motion sub bass, chiming synth melodies, and the airy, perfumed chords of early techno, but takes a line of flight away from songs, immersing the listener in a gently invigorating space. Pieced together from evocative fragments and longer beat-driven tracks, the music is melodic and dreamy, yet sharp and clear. The only vocal comes from Khalif Jones (f.k.a. Le1f) who draws the album back from its gentle turbulence into a time and place on 'Seeds’. ‘8AM’ places the listener in a chilled delirium; one saturated with light, like when the glare from the sun’s too bright but you can’t stop squinting at it.

While students at Oberlin College, Nick Weiss and Logan Takahashi connected over a shared love of classic house and techno records that prompted them to make, "some kind of dance music that wasn't just emulating what we were hearing." The duo formed their music organically, improvising over loops that eventually materialized into full-fledged compositions. Rather than relying on triggering loops, or quantization, Teengirl Fantasy's music has always been performed and composed live, resulting in a form of discourse between the band and their instruments. The result is a-typical for electronic dance music - colorful, maximalist textures and tones that move along with a driving rhythm yet still retain a distinctly human and emotional core.

In the fall of 2010, they released their debut LP, '7AM'. Titled after the, "confused, dreamy, half-awake, half-asleep state that one experiences after staying up all night partying", '7AM' was critically praised for its creative use of samples and experimentation. The album made numerous year-end lists including FACT, Pitchfork, XLR8R and established the pair as electronic visionaries.

On their sophomore LP, 'Tracer', Teengirl Fantasy cuts through some of the haze of their earlier recordings to create their most compositionally sophisticated work yet. "It's more focused, far-reaching and it takes more risks". Unlike 7AM, Tracer is completely sample-free and features an array of vocalists including Panda Bear, Romanthony, Laurel Halo, and Kelela. For the songs with vocalists, their approach is, "a wacked version of the pop format". The album is sonically maximal and symphonic, with heavily layered songs containing multiple elements. "The editing is more painstaking- there's more crafting to the songs”, says the duo. Although 'Tracer' touches on an array of genres such as techno, pop, R&B, and house, it simulates a cohesive journey.

STAFF COMMENTS

Philippa says: Colourful, maximalist textures and tones that move along with a driving rhythm yet still retain a distinctly human and emotional core. It's a super synthwave / electronic house album on R&S, featuring Laurel Halo and Panda Bear.


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