Parissa Tosif and David Ansari are Canberra/Seattle-based electronic duo Vallis Alps.
Their music blends down-tempo, piano-driven melodies and acoustic guitar with 80's pop synths and gritty trap beats to compliment their half-nostalgic, half- foretelling lyrics.
Since releasing their independent self-titled debut EP in Jan 2015, the pair's mesmerizing tunes have clocked over 2+ million SoundCloud plays (27, 000 of which appeared in the first 24 hours) and peaked at #1 on Hype Machine upon release. On the strength of their music alone, Vallis Alps were named as triple j Unearthed, AIR and FBi Radio feature artists and were more recently included as Zan Rowe's 'Song You Need To Hear' on CBC's Public Radio Picks. They also continued to make their mark on the Aus iTunes Electronic Album and Singles Chart for 'Young' at #2 and #23 respectively, debuting in the Top 100 ARIA singles chart -- an impressive feat for a new independent act.
The band will be playing their debut headline shows at Sydney's Goodgod and Melbourne's Shebeen this August, both of which sold out in less than a day!
The Vallis Alps EP is available on iTunes now.
Los Angeles native Saro grew up listening to R&B legends Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson and Luther Vandross. He learned to sing by imitating their voices. He remembers "being 5 years old coming up with vocal melodies and lyrics for fun when no one was around."
Although those R&B greats influenced his vocal style, as he grew older he stumbled upon music with a different depth. The somber lyrics by bands like the Smiths, Nirvana and Radiohead gave him a feeling of solidarity, helping him through tough times. Now songwriting has become a way for him to release his dark pent-up thoughts.
Saro spends most of his time in a Downtown Los Angeles loft working on music and the visuals to go along with it. His debut EP titled In Loving Memory is out now via his own freshly-minted label, Mateo Sound.