I had the pleasure of seeing Brooklyn-based outfit Iska Dhaaf play a New Year's Eve show while they were in Berlin recently, on a writing trip for their new mixtape. Yep, MIXTAPE. Prepare to be pleasantly surprised.
The duo, comprised of Benjamin Verdoes and Nathan Quiroga, are a study in paradoxical talents, with Benjamin coming from an indie/math rock background as part of Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band, while Nathan's foundations with previous project Mad Rad lie firmly in hip-hop.
Together, the pair create chilling, beautiful compositions, incorporating clever songwriting and brutal honesty to forge deep connections with the listener.
"Same Indifference" sees Nathan take the vocal lead while Benjamin weaves beautifully gentle harmonies throughout the introspective, indie rock style track.
Their refreshing creativity extends to their music videos, too -- every one of which are visually and conceptually stunning. In the accompanying video for "Same Indifference," the boys are being dragged around on dollys in Alabama, rendering an almost childlike, carefree visual juxtaposed against the weighty lyrics and themes in the track.