Blending electronica with smooth ambient surfaces, married to spacious, processed vocals in a unique groove-driven sound, Hi-Fi cali was birthed by Minneapolis composer and producer Chris Bartels in the summer of 2014 as an exploration of writing electronic music without a set of rules.
Hi-Fi Cali was born out of rough sketches and basic groove-beat ideas. Synthesizers, digital claps, drum machines, and sidechaining is the bottom line for these songs. Chris, along with drummer and samplist Bjorn Nilsen, have not only used the material to develop and create a unique and engaging live experience, but are also laying out a small lot of evidence that dance music does not have to be predictable.
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"[Soulmates] is absolutely perfect for fans of electropop favorites Chromeo, Bag Radiers, Holy Ghost!, and even Toro y Moi. Let's hope their hot sound can get them through those cold winters in Minnesota. Don't freeze please - we want to hear more." - The Music Ninja
"Galactic dreamscape of swirling electronic bleeps, beats and keys, punctuated with hypnotic vocals." - Chart Shaker
"Fun, experimental electro-pop" - All Things Go
The Minneapolis based vibey-folk duo, The Prams, has gracefully merged folk roots with electronic overtones to create a unique sound layered with perfectly tailored harmonies. The husband/wife duo have been writing and recording together since 2011, and in the summer of 2015 released their debut self-titled album, while also competing with over 120 artists to win the acclaimed Humans Win Studio Songwriting Contest.
Their debut album, recorded at The Library studio in Minneapolis, has been a process of creative conglomeration to combine folk and electronic sounds featuring both full band feel-good tracks along with chill acoustic and harmony-drive tunes. The personality and genuine story threaded within each note and lyric offers depth and a refreshing quality that promises inspiration.
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"The husband-and-wife duo traipse through folk territory in boots laced with electronic synths." - GO96.3
"Their sound stuck with us from the get-go." - Humans Win Studio