April 12, 2021
“The Philadelphia duo… have released their 80s inspired album of electro-pop called Digital Bonfire to cofmrt your pandemic malaise and take you to a higher ground. We ignite DECOUPLR on Echoes.” –Echoes (PRX)
“Decouplr manage to implicate the notion of solitary aloneness so prevalent in electronic-based music – an icy signature of the genre, a sign of quarantine times – while pursuing something equally warm and organic.”
– Dosage Magazine
“Icily electronic… noodling through moody synth-phonica.” – Philadelphia Weekly
“Exploring the intersection of digital and organic sounds… [“Cold Sweat”] previews the tech-driven style of DECOUPLR’s music, with trip-hop percussion and synths atmospheres.” – WXPN’s The Key
Following the release of their new album DIGITAL BONFIRE, Philadelphia electronic-indie duo DECOUPLR (Bailey Walker and Adam Laub) have teamed up with Under The Radar to release a new glimmering technicolor music video for the song “Cold Sweat.”
—– See the Under The Radar Premiere Here —–
“Thick trip hop percussion, atmospheric synths, and languid melodies provide an icy instrumental backing while Bailey Walker acts as the song’s welcoming human core. Walker’s vocals stretch across the cool digital soundscape, presenting a sensuous invite for stolen warmth.” -Under The Radar
The video is directed by the expert visual design team SUPERVOID.tv, who have worked visuals for The Disco Biscuits, Magfest, Tom Morello & The Atlas Underground, and even Mystery Science Theater 3000 Live.
“It was an amazing experience to get to work with SUPERVOID.tv,” says Laub. “One of the more unique effects that their team was able to create was done by strapping multicolored crystals to the edges of the camera lenses. The crystals overlapped the shot, and by setting up lights that refracted through the crystals, the camera shots gained a colorful, kaleidoscopic effect.”
Walker adds, “‘Cold Sweat’ is a reflection of the dizzying parts of isolation. By combining shots that placed us on opposite sides of the room with the claustrophobic and eerie visual effects between us, we were able to capture the feeling of being alone while standing right next to the people you are closest with.”
Beginning 2019 in West Philadelphia, DECOUPLR came to be when they realized that meshing Bailey Walker’s long history of live vocal performance with Adam Laub’s world of electronic music (and electronics in general) created a unique sound altogether. Their debut DIGITAL BONFIRE is an 11 track album that offers a fresh take on the digital world’s fusion with the physical.
Influenced by musicians like Trent Reznor, Sylvan Esso, and Flying Lotus, the album ranges from dreamy and sweet with tracks like “Keepsake” and “Osage”, to punchy and playful on “Changes” and “Punchline”. The album draws from the helpless feelings of countless pandemic hours spent sitting on voice chats and video calls, while at the same time snarkily expressing the hopefulness found in the changing forms of communication within our closest relationships.
Lyrically, Walker opens up about everything from nomadically moving around the country, to growing up with touring musicians, to the feelings of dread and anxiety we have in our everyday conversations. Musically, Laub pulls deep, live sampled hip hop drums, mellotron flutes, vintage synth pads and twinkly arpeggiators to create a palette of electronic sounds that range from hip hop to dance. The digital age is a tether that keeps people connected no matter where they are, and DIGITAL BONFIRE explores the ever increasing feelings of loneliness that are associated with this new connection. It embraces the oftentimes cold nature of electronic music as a framework to express the very real feelings we have surrounding the uncertainty of our modern world.
DIGITAL BONFIRE by DECOUPLR is available to stream on all DSP’s. The band is available for interviews.
LISTEN TO DIGITAL BONFIRE HERE:
DIGITAL BONFIRE Tracklist
Inspired by musicians such as Lianne La Havas and Talking Heads, Bailey started her solo career in Savannah, GA performing with local musicians Rich Animals. After recording a solo EP under the name Bailey Mae Walker at Low Watt Recording with Sean and Brendan Kelly of A Fragile Tomorrow, Walker moved to Philadelphia and began performing live with local neo soul group, Likebirds.
A long time resident of the Philadelphia music scene, Laub played drums in local wacky indie pop band, OhBree, before starting Sleepless Sound Studio with other Philadelphia area recording engineers. Laub has released electronic and trip hop music under the name <radioaddict> and annually produces and performs in a 24 hour long live streamed noise and ambient music performance as a member of the noise and ambient music collective, Tidal Archive.