Last year, The Meets’ It Happens Outside put Brandon Locher, the ensemble’s creative head, firmly on our radar. The multimedia artist/producer keeps himself well busy with an array of projects, and in 2013 he also joined forces with longtime friend and drummer/producer Gerald Mattis, founding Stage Hands. The outfit have recently announced the release of their self-titled debut album, due out on February 10th via My Idea of Fun.
On their forthcoming album, “Locher constructs his signature sonic and rhythmic collages, weaving elements of jazz, ambience, and IDM into his production”, describes the press release, “alongside Mattis’s sure-handed drumming, split between acoustic and electronic kits.”. It adds that Stage Hands “patiently burst and blooms from placid and meditative, to nervous and glitchy, to pulsing and malleable.”
‘The Populating Of Empty Space’ is the first ace single to be lifted from the album and it stands as a testament to the pair’s genre-defying magic. The single comes with a video, directed by Joshua Rogers. Highly recommended.
Stage Hands can be pre-ordered now.