By Rad Hourani

Photography by Rad Hourani. Styling by Rad Hourani. Fashion by SSENSE.

Models: Marie-Lyne @ Dulcedo, Simon @ Dulcedo
Editorial contributor/producer: Andrew Ly for Trusst at Agence L'Eloi
Beauty: Andrew Ly for Trusst at Agence L'Eloi

Solar Year

Electronic duo Solar Year specializes in eternity: moods that feel like they’ve existed for all of human history. Ben Borden and David Ertel first started performing together at the Montreal loft parties that spawned the dark electronic pop of acts like Doldrums, Majical Cloudz, and Grimes (a former collaborator whose vocals appear on the pair’s “Brotherhood” single). Drawing on influences spanning from dreamy synthpop to Enya and medieval choral motets, the now New York-based duo cast a spell with gently insistent beats and rich production that puts Ertel’s soulful, brooding vocals front and center. They call their sound “psalmgaze” – a fitting description for compositions that make Autotune sound ancient. If you’re noticing a theme of elemental calm, Ertel and Borden are on the same wavelength: the duo launched their 2012 debut LP, Waverly, with an underwater listening party. Once we were immersed, their blend of Old World and New Age transported us completely. Picture it: you’re in a multi-faith church designed by a Scandinavian architect and it’s flooded with white light.

Solar Year’s ambient mix features all original material, save for a sample of Chechen singer Dina Aliyeva’s trancelike vocals.


Idea Fire Company Open Sesame

Moebius & Plank Echaos

Softriot I Wanna Lay Down NXT 2 U

Private Realm An Omen From No Man's Land

Second Decay The Machine

Food Pyramid Marsh Bar

Interplanetary Prophets Zero Hour

Omar.S It Can Be Done, But Only I Can Do It

Poisonous Relationship Nite Birds (Massacooramaan Remix)

Youth Code Let the Sky Burn

Miles Status Narcissism

Laurel Halo Sunlight on the Faded