Following the success of their previous collaboration ‘Golden, Blinding’, Californian singer Alek Fin and Moscow-based producer Galun have teamed up once again.
The duo’s collaboration is a spellbinding blend of electronica and chillwave: finding a place on the axis between the production styles of Bonobo and the electro-pop musings of artists like Future Trends. Although the pair have never actually met, their music tells a very different story.
In Galun’s words, “I found him, and I knew I wanted to work with him. I thought we could really add something to each other’s music, despite us living over 6000 miles apart”, whilst Fin was equally impressed with the Russian producer’s “manipulation of vocal percussion and inspiring melodies”.
No strangers to collaboration, Alek Fin who has previously worked with Robot Koch and Galun, first crossed paths when both were included on the same blog’s Top 100 Tracks of 2013.
Innately rhythmic and gorgeously produced, tracks like ‘Clone’ and ‘Omens’ are polished off by spectral vocals and throbbing bass lines. The album also contains two features from producer YJMB, tracks like ‘Faces’ and ‘Cold’, raise the tempo with heady percussive layers.
If the electro pulse of bands like Odesza add colour to your summer thoughts, imagine this ‘Ionosphere’ remix as; monochromatic, dark, a brooding summer nights drive after some thoughtful revelations.
Melding Fin’s hallmark basement rhythms and ghostly textures, with Galun’s DIY take on beatboxing, which has seen him praised by no less than the Guardian, ‘Strannik’ not only represents a successful musical collaboration, but also the power and reach of art in the digital age.