TEMPERS RELEASE VIDEO FOR ‘STRANGE HARVEST’ AND ANNOUNCE DETAILS OF UPCOMING EP
‘FUNDAMENTAL FANTASY’ IS SET FOR RELEASE VIA THE VINYL FACTORY ON 24th FEBRUARY
“A slice of achingly melodic, drum machine-driven guitar: downcast and buoyant, terse and expansive, icy and sentimental” – The Fader
“They’re a ticking time bomb at this point, ready to blow up at any minute.” – Noisey
“Royal Trux and Crystal Castles walk into a bar, get sloshed on absinthe and cross- pollinate: Tempers walk out. Its atmospheric churn is an unnerving but thoroughly exhilarating experience.” – Drowned in Sound
NYC-based duo Jasmine Golestaneh and Eddie Cooper write songs through a telepathic kinship they’ve developed since they started making music together. “We have these sort of unspoken criteria when we’re writing music. We never really need to explain what that is but we both know when it’s missing or when we’ve hit it.” The pair, AKA Tempers, are set to release their ‘Fundamental Fantasy’ EP via The Vinyl Factory on 24th February. Creating an emotional and tonal tension of sensual and mechanical impulses, their brand of dark electronica sets haunting song writing to a sinister disco beat, pop melodies floating in an almost industrial soundscape. It follows the band’s 2015 debut full-length ‘Services.’ ‘Strange Harvest’ is taken for that and the video brings that campaign to a close and in turn introduces a new phase in the band’s lives.
“‘Fundamental Fantasy’ is about exploring the creative scenery of romantic illusions. Our need for them, how we justify them to ourselves, that moment when the imagined story line collides with reality. The ways we fictionalize people to fit into the narratives we have about love – to reflect our own beliefs, virtues and flaws. It is about celebrating fantasies swelling and getting undone, so we can pick up the pieces and craft new ones that serve us better” – Tempers
Musically, ‘Fundamental Fantasy’ is an evolution in both song writing and process, while still tracing a clear line to their earlier output. Many of the EP’s melodies were born of live improvisation, which helped them create an instinctive, natural immediacy within their electronic arrangements. The cover of the EP depicts the duo on the volcanic island of Stromboli, where they performed at The Volcano Extravaganza, an art and music festival curated by The Vinyl Factory. “It is a perfect landscape to mirror the mood of ‘Fundamental Fantasy.’ A seemingly idyllic place that is isolated from the outside world.”