Solar Year

Solar Year

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Solar Year have a knack for pulling samples from wherever they find inspiration. Those are soon matched to pitched-down electronic productions and Ertel's soaring, choir-like vocals, making for an uncanny clash of themes that otherwise sit several dimensions apart.

Biography

Somewhere in between late-night loft parties and off-kilter art installations sits the production of David Ertel and Ben Borden, otherwise known as Solar Year. Praised for their forward thinking and to-the-point pop productions with a touch for the foreboding, Solar Year create music for the globally minded listener. The duo first saw rose to prominence for their single "Brotherhood" which received favorable attention from Pitchfork, Gorilla Vs. Bear, & Stereogum and soon saw release by Montreal imprint Arbutus (Grimes, TOPS, Blue Hawaii).

Solar Year have a knack for pulling samples from wherever they find inspiration. Those are soon matched to pitched-down electronic productions and Ertel's soaring, choir-like vocals, making for an uncanny clash of themes that otherwise sit several dimensions apart. This may stem from the fact that they are never in one place for an extended period of time. Ertel & Borden have a habit of setting up on one coast for a few months only to pack up and move on to the next destination a few days later. 

Most recently, Solar Year were featured as the first release on No Fear Of Pop's newly minted 7" label, Stratosfear. The "Night & Day" 7" received widespread acclaim at the start of 2013 with features on The Fader, The Guardian UK, and a stunning video for b-side "Magic Idea" directed by long-time How To Dress Well collaborator Jamie Harley -- first appearing on London's Dummy Mag.

In June 2013, Solar Year's full length debut, Waverly, was released on Ceremony in North America & Canada and Splendour in Europe. Labeled as a "re-release" of an album that was quietly released in limited quantities during summer 2012 in Montreal. The vinyl release of Waverly is a unique take on bringing a brilliant, forward thinking, LP to a broader audience. As an album and a project striving to set itself apart from the status quo, Solar Year returned to Waverly in late 2012 to give the album a new look and fresh perspective they had felt was lacking last summer. The result pushed Solar Year into a new level of artistic freedom and creativity -- Waverly will now be presented as a revamped experience entirely re-mastered, newly mixed, and re-sequenced with updates on several tracks matched with the addition of new material.

Discography

Brotherhood EP (2012) - Arbutus Records
Waverly LP (2013) - Splendour (EU), Ceremony (US)