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