Faded Ranger made their hypnotizing debut earlier this year with a sparkling trio of singles – Be On The Lookout, Get Together (Right Now) and Blindfolds. Now the duo is ready to unveil their debut LP, Mechanical Tonight, in its full glory. Bringing together Nick Maurer‘s gift for bite-size storytelling and Neville Attree‘s intricate, melodic arrangements, the album is an infectious collection of tracks that resonate with a distinctive crossover appeal, while the dynamic beats ensure it still gravitates towards the dance floor.
Ex-Greenskeepers frontman Maurer (Chicago) and Gumption Recordings founder Attree (London) first met while DJing at a notorious outdoor party called Girl’s Camp in their adopted home of Heidelberg. Faded Ranger stumbled into existence soon after and has come to represent a meeting of minds borne out of circumstance and driven by musical legacy. Mechanical Tonight may be retro in its outlook as the pair work the presence of past influences out of their systems, but the melting pot of ideas and references converge at a point of undeniable modern appeal.
Having re-located to Germany from Chicago and London, Nick Maurer and Neville Attree find themselves at musical crossroads, neither quite sure which way to turn. By chance, they hook up while DJing in the tranquil surroundings of Heidelberg where, somewhat starved of home comforts, hanging out in the studio becomes the only logical thing to do. Results are immediate with every session producing ideas of scope and substance. The collaboration becomes a melting pot for their musical and cultural influences, producing a refreshingly unselfconscious collection of songs that encompass a variety of electronic genres.
The chemistry is potent; Maurer’s gift for bite-size storytelling, laced with innuendo and slow burning wit, make his vocal stylings the perfect foil for Attree’s intricate, melodic arrangements. Found-sound ambience, dusty samples and infectious hook lines flicker and brood while the dynamic beats and rhythms ensure the tunes gravitate towards the dance floor without sacrificing the music’s distinctive crossover appeal.
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