New Blondes album is now here! Stream ‘Warmth’ below…
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Blondes – the duo of Sam Haar and Zach Steinman – started out in New York’s late-’00s experimental scene, playing trance-inducing synth-and-sampler sets in basements and warehouses. Over the past seven years, they’ve steadily edged closer to the more defined space of the dance floor – by playing clubs in Europe and Ibiza, and by releasing music that has a closer understanding of the ebbs and flows of a DJ set.
R&S proudly presents ‘Warmth’ the extraordinary album from critically acclaimed New York based duo Blondes AKA Sam Haar and Zach Steinman whose ten tracks of mesmerising, ever shifting rhythmic workouts percolate alongside contemporaries such as Levon Vincent, Joey Anderson and Donato Dozzy.
A decade into their musical relationship, the duo continue to find inspiration through hardware instrumentation and improvisation. Haar and Steinman’s intense live performances on sound systems throughout Europe and US for 2013’s ‘Swisher’ LP and beyond traversed nightclubs, festivals, art museums and DIY spaces serving to generate a wealth of material album to be distilled into this album.
‘Warmth’ finds them further stripping away extraneous elements, pushing their percussive framework to the forefront. The result is lysergic techno fused with Blondes’ characteristic synth-work and atmospherics.
After parting company with their previous label, the highly respected RVNG Intl. label, the duo find a natural home as part of R&S’s storied alumni as they explain:
“Having released on RVNG for years, we had wanted to move in the direction of releasing on a more dance music focused label. RVNG has established itself in the world of experimental music and reissuing overlooked records from the past, and we both (RVNG and Blondes) thought it would be immensely exciting for us to release this new record with R&S”
It’s fair to say that Blondes’ characteristic hypnotic synth figures, pulsing club-ready rhythms and gritty off-kilter sensibility have never felt as fully realised and timely as on ‘Warmth’ – their most significant and weighty record to date.
Sam Haar of Blondes is premiering a new track – Sugarom – from his solo project over on Fader: A ten minute ‘descent into a landscape in which waves of static-y synths come and go like the tide’. Have a listen here and keep an eye out for his forthcoming new album.
Blondes are playing at the Bowery Ballroom, NYC, on the 11th of February, supporting Beacon. Tickets here.
Catch Blondes and Teengirl Fantasy in New York on July 18 at the “Rein” release party at Good Room. You can get your tickets HERE.
Blondes feature on Resident Advisor. Catch them at A Day In the Desert 3, in California on October 11th! http://bit.ly/WNfSrT
We’re excited to share with you this LIVE set from Blondes at As You Like It in San Francisco on 7th February 2014.
Electronic Beats interviewed Blondes last week about their time in Berlin, their influences, and their lives shows. Read the full article here.