Great Good Fine OK
Some opposites do more than just attract. Their coupling incites a spiritual big bang of boundless creativity, endless energy, and inspiration of all kinds. Such a union drives Brooklyn duo Great Good Fine Ok.
At first glance, vocalist Jon Sandler and producer and multi-instrumentalist Luke Moellman seem like a study in contrasts. Often clad in space age glittery jackets (or one of “100 kimonos”) and bathed in a laser glow, Sandler’s voice stretches from singer-songwriter sensitivity to funky falsetto. Something of an aural mad scientist, Moellman quietly draws on nearly two decades of production experience and an expansive arsenal of instruments—ranging from vintage synths, piano, and guitar to drums, vibraphone, and kalimba.
However, it works flawlessly for them…
“Luke is very much the technical mind, and I’m very much the emotional lyricist,” affirms Sandler. “The sum is totally greater than our parts. It couldn’t be more of a yin-and-yang situation, but we trust each other and work together so well. The relationship is amazing. It’s rare to hear technicality and sensitivity in the same song. It’s what we do though.”
“I definitely aim for perfectionism and precision,” Moellman continues. “At the same time, Jon defines the emotion.”
Within 12 hours of meeting during 2013, the musicians recorded a debut viral and critical hit entitled “You’re The One For Me.” 2014 saw them release a pair of EPs—Body Diamond and 2M2H. Reaching #10 in iTunes Top Dance Albums Chart, the latter would be highlighted by fan favorite anthem “Something To Believe In” [feat. St. Lucia]. Multiplatinum juggernauts The Chainsmokers tapped their talents for “Let You Go,” which Great Good Fine Ok not only co-wrote but also featured on.
After logging countless miles on the road alongside the likes of X Ambassadors, Betty Who, Joywave, and Magic Man in addition to selling out three headline tours and performing at Bonnaroo, 2017 represented a high watermark for the boys. The group’s third EP, III, spawned the smash “Take It Or Leave It,” which became their fourth #1 on Hype Machine and clocked 16 million-plus Spotify streams in under a year. Simultaneously, they teamed up with Before You Exit for “Find Yourself.” A veritable smash, it crossed the 30-million-mark on Spotify in under six months.
Along the way, they garnered praise from Entertainment Weekly, Billboard, and Indie Shuffle who claimed, “I dare you to find another group in the past two years who has been so prolific and consistent with their releases while at the same time delivering some of the most heavenly signature falsetto vocals known to man.” Meanwhile, the likes of Twenty One Pilots, Foxes, and more have sought them out for remixes.
2018 represents another evolution. Holed up in a cabin on a Catskill Mountains writing retreat, they made a conscious decision to expand the creative palette yet again on their fourth EP.
“Our whole aesthetic has been very spacey,” explains Sandler. “We brought in more organic instrumentation. It’s like we’ve been up in the air, traveling through space. With this new material, we’ve landed on a planet; we are little more human.”
“It helped not being in front of the computer,” adds Moellman. “Working with synths is more tactile and immediate. We’re fusing different worlds. It was okay to evolve the sound of the project.”
Cooked up by hand on a classic Juno synthesizer, the first single “Change” builds from an up-tempo verse punctuated by lap steel and kalimba towards a sweeping and soaring refrain.
“‘Change’ is about finding someone you love and hoping this person doesn’t change,” says Sandler. “You don’t want this particular version of that individual to go away. People are so multidimensional and do change over time. We’ve all been in relationships that didn’t work, because the person might not be who you met.”
Elsewhere, the lush follow-up single “Touch” seamlessly incorporates lap steel and acoustic guitar—another sonic first.
“‘Touch’ is a straight up love song,” continues the singer. “Nothing can touch this love I’m writing about. It’s so great.”
Nothing can touch the chemistry between these two either. Fueled by that interplay, Great Good Fine Ok take pop to a new galaxy.
“When people listen to these songs, I hope they feel something,” Sandler leaves off. “Everything came from a very honest and personal place of either feeling joy, sadness, anger, or happiness. Whether you’re getting deep to the lyrics or partying, you’re taking something away. That’s all we could ever ask for.”
Moellman concludes, “Ultimately, this music represents the both of us. It’s amazing to share what we have with the world.”
Night Lights are a Los Angeles based indie pop/rock trio with members hailing from Mexico, Japan and Norway. With their eclectic fusion of indie pop melodies, soul infused vocals and energetic rock’n’roll, the band have crafted a unique, dance-inducing sound, which is propelling them to the forefront of the Los Angeles music scene.
Formed of Mau Jimenez (Vocals), Yusuke Sato (Guitar) and Dag Eirik Hanken (Drums), the multicontinental band have used their diverse backgrounds to find a balance between profound lyrics, hooky melodies, intriguing harmonic progressions and danceability. Inspired by the likes of Mutemath, Two Door Cinema Club and Friendly Fires, the trio have crafted a fresh and infectiously catchy sound, which sits somewhere amidst the mix of their musical and cultural influences. "As we are all international and all come from different backgrounds, it is really important to us to be able to reach more than one demographic”, explains Sato.
Thematically, the band's music touches on the subject of existentialism and the confrontation of the self, hoping to discover a truth grounded in music, community, and conversation. “We find inspiration in the things that are affecting us the most - the internet, nostalgia for the 90's or simpler times, and our opinions on the current socio-political climate as immigrants”, reveals Jimenez.
Leading single ‘Talk To Me’ is a hooky pop-infused rock anthem bursting with colorful sonic soundscapes and powerful melodies. Their captivating rhythms, punchy drums and hooky guitars create a feeling of euphoric dynamism. Produced by Brian Phillips (Walk The Moon, COIN) the single came to creation due to an act of spontaneity, where the trio trusted their musical instincts, writing the song in just one hour and capturing their raw energy within the power-driven track.
Night Lights saw success with their previous single ‘Childish’ being featured in both the Viral 50 Global and Viral 50 US Spotify charts, after being added to the platform's Fresh Finds playlist. They have also received acclaim from such publications as Indie Shuffle, NPR,LA Weekly, and BBC World News, to name a few. Now, Night Lights are ready to take the music industry by storm starting with the release of 'Talk to Me’, out September 28th via OneRPM.