About two years ago Brooklyn-based duo Blondes began to attract the kind of blog buzz that is sometimes reserved for music that is most effective on headphones or in darkened rooms where it can creep up on you and leave you slightly hypnotised by the perpetual sonic kaleidoscopes that are created. Sam Haar and Zach Steinman’s pulsating electronic canvasses form and reform to develop new textures and patterns in a dizzying, swirling tapestry of arpeggiated synths and percussion which constantly reveal some new motif or direction.
The towering You Mean So Much To Me from their debut was essentially a cascading breakdown of the variety that you might find in a club at 2am, although slowed down to 105bpm and drawn out for nine ecstatic minutes. It's little wonder they ended up mesmerising Space in Ibiza when they played there last summer and confirmed that they are a genuine live experience. This, in part, is probably due to the loose, liberated and often joyful quality of their music which extends to referring to songs as ‘takes’ rather than ‘tracks’ and which reaffirms that the electronics are an instrument just like any other.