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Nick Murphy fka Chet Faker
Most recently seen leaving volunteer work early, Nick Murphy is firm believer that a crate full of puppies practically sells itself. He lives a life filled with compassion, joy, and happiness all while having never smiled for a photograph in his entire life. Ever. Beneath his ostensibly rough, hardened exterior there lies a charming, caring gentleman, though Murphy likes to inform audiences they'll be dealing mostly with the former. After graduating college, he chose to pursue comedy over his mother's dream of him attending law school and has spent the last year and a half convincing her that she's still proud of him.
At only 21 years old, Charlotte Cardin has already shown promise of being one of 2017's breakout songstresses. Her debut single, the minimal electro-jazz ballad «Big Boy» garnered instant online buzz. Since then, the young singer's career has been a series of milestones. Her long-awaited debut EP was released July 2016 and instantly jumped to number one on iTunes Canada. The success of the EP is being fueled by a 60-date Canadian tour which has so far included stops at the CBC Music festival, Osheaga, and le Festival d'été de Québec (the latter of which saw her opening up for Sting and Peter Gabriel). By road-testing her material with her tight-knit three piece band, Charlotte seems to have hit a sweet spot between the minimalism in the songs' arrangements and the larger-than-life quality of her live show.
Heathered Pearls is Polish-born Brooklynite Jakub Alexander, whose career in music was deeply rooted before ever releasing his own. Curator for Tycho’s ISO50 blog, co-founder of the Moodgadget label, and A&R at Ghostly International, Alexander has been entrenched in the industry since 2002. He was first introduced to the power of ambient music by his mother at an early age, discovered techno as a teenager living in the Detroit area, and gradually learned to create his own vision of the genres.
In 2012, Heathered Pearls wrote and released his first album. Loyal mimicked the hypnotic and swelling motions of ocean waves at night with melodic, loop-based ambient music, and was well received across the board. But Alexander would only move on from there, inescapably drawn to dancefloor ideas and memories of the engrossing techno mixes he pored over as a kid. The second Heathered Pearls album, Body Complex, was conceived in that mindset—transforming Loyal's gritty, soporific textures into immaculate 4/4 figurines, glacial tone drifts, and starry synth plateaus. It's the beginning of a new phase in Alexander's ever-evolving project, the possibilities of which expand seamlessly into the realms of music, art, and performance.
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