By Hannah Simon | June 1st, 2011
Portland natives Patricia Hall and Ian Hicks (aka Soft Metals) fell in love over music, and now they’re using music to express it. You think that’s cheesy? Throw in some pretty awesome 80s synthpop, killer vocals, and sick beats and you’ll be singing a different tune (see what I did there?).
Hall and Hicks are a duo fit for outer space — that is, if astronauts wore shiny neon suits and jammed to electronic music. They released an EP on Captured Tracks and are now slated to release their first self-titled full length in July.
From their website:
From the deep examinations of the human psyche found in Adam Curtis documentaries (the subject matter of their track “Psychic Driving”), to the controversial bridge between science and the soul via Carl Sagan and Ray Kurzweil, the duo revels in the transformative power of love, knowledge, and imagination.
To be honest, it took a few listens to get me on board with this kind of music. When I’m listening to electronic music, I generally stay on the side of minimal and avoid anything that sounds cosmic or echoes too much. But I’m a Röyksopp fan, so I thought I’d give Soft Metals a few listens… and you know what? I kinda dig it, and I really think they have a lot of potential.
Keep your eye on these guys (and check out their Soundcloud for more tunes).