argonaut&wasp is a duo based in Burlington, Vermont, and they've just dropped new single "Higher Ground" in support of their forthcoming debut EP.
As a whole, "Higher Ground" is fairly restrained in spite of the long list of musical ingredients. The melody is kind of indie with a pinch of disco, while a funky rhythm and soul-infused house beats simmer away together to create a sound that's somehow new and familiar at the same time.
The sound is so slick and so clean. The subdued beats and slightly muffled synths work well together, and the catchy chorus really brings the whole track up a few notches. It's the kind of track that's equally perfect for balmy sunsets and late-night messiness. I particularly love that there's a mix of electronic production and live instruments -- it always makes such a difference.
argonaut&wasp's debut EP Future Protocol comes out on February 20.