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’s music explores life’s darker side while still finding light within that space. It can be said that darkness breeds the best art. On his recently released debut EP In Loving Memory out now on his freshly minted Mateo Sound Label, songs like “Test” accompanied by a jarring visual, reach into themes of emotional convolution and resilience amidst painstaking grief. Other tracks like “Looking” and “Two Suns” showcase Saro’s distinct mastery in exploring the depths of human conscious via lyrically-charged works of forward-thinking noir pop. Stereogum hails Saro’s music calling it “deceptively penetrating pop craft.”
2017 has seen Saro begin to tease a sophomore EP. 1st EP single “Sky Doesn’t Blue” sets Saro's soaring, impassioned vocals to a down-tempo, trance-inducing beat, which Pigeons and Planes called "simultaneously sad and beautiful." 2nd single "Eyelids" focuses Saro's signature dark pop through a fresh new lens of noir disco grandeur, which NYLON found "electrifying." The soon-to-be-named sophomore EP is slated for a late 2017 release.
Saro’s live show is a powerful experience where he channels his deeply affecting electronic pop in a convergence with unique movement and physicality that touches on performance art. His visuals, which he co-directs, paint a beautiful yet dark picture that is an ethereal, strong, quiet presence on the brink of chaos.
Saro first debuted his live show early 2017 and has since played several LA dates, SXSW, and Brooklyn's Northside Festival (supporting Miguel)and will be part of this year’s Day For Night Festival in Houston in December.
Fall 2017 will see Saro continue to play club dates and festivals, which will fall alongside the rollout of his new EP.