By Rachel Angres
Moniker Records--who decided to sign them while listening to their cassette tape at a dive bar in Ukrainian Village.
The duo's highly anticipated album Border Area has the kind of crunch and crisp ubiquity that few other artists can capture. Visualize a crazed man on the street, screaming nonsensical banter somewhat melodically. Add drums and hums, and you have Hot & Cold. The percussion is combative and casually flawless, each beat insistent and fierce. They keep the beat with traditional gongs, heavy bass guitar and some keys. As stated on Moniker's website:
“Border Area signifies a drive to follow creativity across borders, across cultures, delivering music that moves beyond expectations or trends.”
Perhaps it is familial, or maybe instinctual, but the music sustains a cohesion that is chaotic at times and near-enchanting at others. This record is a near flawless premonition, a foreshadowing of what the future of music could become.
Border Area is out July 17th. For more information, check out Moniker's site and hear/download the track "Out of the Grey" at freemusicarchive.org.