Exray’s are back. You may know them from their work on the score of David Fincher’s The Social Network, but this San Francisco trio is pushing the boundaries of art and music in their own right. Following Jon Bernson’s residency at the de Young Museum and various other releases from their multidisciplinary project Vessel XII, this group of intergalactic-minded producers (which includes Michael Falsetto-Mapp and Jason Kick) are putting out a record that explores themes they began in their 2014 EP, The Dome.
Twelve, which will be released on February 12 through Howells Transmitter, focuses on the unexplained broadcasts that interrupted the programming of international television stations from 1986 to 2009. Experts from many fields don’t know for sure where these broadcasts came from: Spacecraft? Aliens?? But one thing’s for sure: Exray’s took their love of the mystery and turned it into something that both fans of chill electronics and Carl Sagan himself would be proud of.
The first single of the record, “The Sound of a Ship,” is a slow-burner with lush pulsating beats and subtly refreshing keyboard beeps and features vocals from Amanda Halquist of Junglecat and bass from Nate Brenner of Naytronix and tUnE-yArDs. To commemorate the release of the track, they’ll be hitting the live setting for the first time in a bit and joining Push the Feeling DJs at SF Underground. Take a listen to the mellow groove below, and find out more about the free release show underneath.