Somewhere in between late-night loft parties and off-kilter art installations sits the production duo of David Ertel and Ben Borden, better known as Solar Year. Praised for their forward thinking and to-the-point pop productions with a touch for the foreboding, Solar Year create music for the globally minded listener. The duo first rose to prominence with their single “Brotherhood” which received critical acclaim from Pitchfork, Gorilla Vs. Bear, & Stereogum and soon saw release by Montreal imprint Arbtus (Grimes, TOPS, Blue Hawaii).
Solar Year have a knack for pulling samples from wherever they find inspiration. Those are soon matched to pitched-down electronic productions and Ertel’s soaring, choir-like vocals, making for an uncanny clash of themes that otherwise sit several dimensions apart. This may stem from the fact that they are never in one place for an extended period of time. Ertel & Borden have a habit of setting up on one coast for a few months only to pack up and move on to the next destination a few days later.