"Eyes" — NUEX

Sounds Like:

Dark, Ladytron-esque electroclash with a dash of hip-hop percussion

Why You Should Care:

Camille Gray and Teddy Aitkins are carving their own synth-pop path. The pair met in DC in 2014 and have been steadily recording since then, releasing singles in 2016 and 2017 (“Lights Off” and “I Make Bones,” respectively) and performing at this year’s edition of SXSW. But now that their debut EP Affectus has arrived, they’re ready to really make a splash.

In the band’s words: “Affectus is our celebration of mood and the moon. So to say, imbuing our human existence, it’s highs and lows, with cosmic objectivity, magic, and the bigger universal picture that connects us all.”

The EP’s closing track “Eyes” is an instant highlight. The dark synths linger in the distance and slowly come into focus alongside the meaning of the mysterious lyrics. Layer in some boom-bap percussion, piano chords, and intergalactic effects, and you have a refreshing update to the tried and true synth-pop formula that dominates alternative radio.

You can catch this up-and-coming band very soon around DC - they’ll be playing the Ivy City Smokehouse on June 9. Their debut EP Affectus is out now on Bandcamp.


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