The first time I visited the west coast I was blown away. Traveling from a flat, landlocked Great Lakes city surrounded by residential and industrial sprawl to a place like Vancouver, which is perched on the edge of a continent and encircled by mountains and foliage is an experience that feels almost surreal. Vancouver duo Humans, newly signed to Mom + Pop Music, channel the ancient thrill of their hometown topography for the dancefloor in a new song, "Water Water."
"It's a song we've been singing on our way to the beach since 2009," the group writes in an e-mail to The FADER. "We took it to the studio and ended up totally redoing it, but keeping a couple interesting melodies and refrains." Layers of recorded handclaps, studio chatter and analogue synths, including a low-lying thrum that sounds like a strong wind, build to a deep groove over the course of almost 10 minutes. Despite this, Humans write: "I think it shows a more chill side of us."
Humans are nominated for a 2016 Juno Award for Electronic Album of the Year for their LP Noontide, and will release the Water Water EP March 4 on Mom + Pop and Haven Sounds. Tour dates below.
03-12 Whistler, BC - GLC
03-16-20 Austin, TX - SXSW
03-25 Vancouver, BC - Celebrities
03-26 Toronto, ON - Velvet
04-07 Philadelphia, PA - Underground Arts - Black Box
04-08 Brooklyn, NY - Baby’s All Right
04-09 Cambridge, MA - Middle East Upstairs
04-26 Chicago, IL - Schubas Tavern
04-27 San Diego, CA - Soda Bar
04-28 Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
04-29 San Francisco, CA - Swedish American Hall
04-30 Seattle, WA - Barbosa