Future|Perfect will present two of California’s most promising experimental electronic acts, NGUZUNGUZU and Holly Herndon, at Public Works on Valentine’s Day. Marco de la Vega and Loric Sih will DJ the event, there will be a hosted vodka bar from 9–9:30pm. You can RSVP and purchase tickets via Facebook and Ticketfly, respectively.
Herndon, who calls San Francisco home, turned heads last year with the release of her Movement LP. In an effort to push the boundaries of laptop music with an emphasis on experimenting with the human voice, her full length debut leaves a haunting and cerebral impression. Using her laptop to its full instrumental potential with her constantly expanding knowledge of musical composition, Herndon delicately balances unusual tones on top of bass-heavy drone beats, occasionally breaking into a gratifying dance-floor pace on tracks such as “Fade”, which you can hear below.
A graduate of Mills College in Oakland, Herndon is now a Ph.D. candidate at Stanford’s legendary Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics, studying composition. Watch her interview with The Fader (below), which wrote: “As haunting as Holly Herndon’s Movement can be on a good sound system, there’s nothing like hearing her play that material in a live setting.”
Los Angeles electronic duo NGUZUNGUZU offers a unique blend of R&B, house, cumbia and tribal music, using synthesizers to create strange, yet almost completely danceable nightclub rhythms. Consisting of Daniel Pineda and Asma Maroof, the act takes its name from a traditional Solomon Island figurehead used to protect against supernatural forces. Watch the appropriately psychedelic official music video for “Smoke Alarm” below, cut from last year’s Warm Pulse EP.
NGUZUNGUZU, Holly Herndon
February 14, 2013