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City Rain is Ben Runyan and Jarrett Zerrer, an electro-pop duo from Philadelphia. Taking their cues from artists as diverse as La Roux, Above & Beyond, Nitrous Oxide, and Depeche Mode, City Rain have created a unique an accessible form of music combining dancefloor beats, soulful vocals, keyboard riffs, and fuzzy, hooky guitar licks. Equal parts space-rock and acid-laced ear candy, the band sits in that comfortable zone between art-rock and liquid electro jams.
With the 2011 release of their video for the single I’m Gone and accompanying EP, City Rain has received nationwide attention from the blogosphere and conventional media alike, recording a broadcast for Philadelphia’s WXPN 88.5 FM, while continuing to remix and release new material of their own and other artists. Now with plans for a national tour in 2012, City Rain is poised to bring their music to an even wider audience.
Washed out is the stage name of the American Chillwave musician Ernest Greene.
His style has been identified with the Chillwave movement. He has identified hip hop as influencing the way he writes songs. The first two Washed Out EPs were released in August and September 2009. Washed Out made his debut New York City performance (his second live show ever) at Santos Party House. He has since performed at the 2010 Pitchfork Music Festival and his song “Feel it All Around” is featured in the opening sequence of the TV series Portlandia.
In April 2011 it was announced that he had been signed to Sub Pop. His debut album, Within and Without, was released on July 12, 2011. The album peaked twenty-six on the U.S. Billboard 200 and eighty-nine on the UK Albums Chart.
Posted on Thursday, 19 April
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