Sam Haar and Zach Steinman, the dynamic duo behind Blondes, create bodily dance music that celebrates spontaneity, analog serenity and digital flare.
The two met while studying music and art at Oberlin College. Their sound is fresh and unique, characterized by bold single-take tracks and live instrument improvisation. Blondes' 2012 self-titled debut album captures the rudiments of house and techno music with a meandering spiritually escapist feel. The band's 2013 album, Swisher, settles into a steady groove, with hypnotic percussive elements throughout. The rich timbres and vaporous synth sounds that seep throughout the album create layered builds that are practical and sonically pleasing.
Haar and Steinman advocate for the humanistic and meditative elements of dance culture for music makers and listeners alike. Their music celebrates the physicality of music making, from hardware instrumentation to improvisation. The steady groove of Blondes' relaxed and slightly lightly psychedelic music has moved audiences in DIY spaces, clubs, art museums, open air festivals and some of the best venues for techno music in Europe.
A Love Like Pi (Opening Act)
Much like their name, A Love Like Pi mixes the abstract with the indelible. Drawing from his orchestral background, lead singer Lief arranges pieces that fall along a wide spectrum—from shimmering and delicate songs like"Jack and the Giant," to propulsive electronic anthems like "Atlas." Each song offers a new perspective into the trio's unique dynamic, as well as adding to the album-spanning conceptual narrative the group has committed themselves to finishing.