Formed in 2012, Bells and Robes aims to bring listeners into a fantasy-like reverie through synth soundscapes, hip-hop drums, and use of jazz harmonics. Combining lush synth work reminiscent of Flume, organic textures and percussion a la Bonobo, and a flair for abstract styles like Flying Lotus - the duo has created a sound that seeks to stay in tune with the continual merging of technology, nature, and humanity.
Bells and Robes live set features Luke Sipka on keys and synths and Dean Spaniol performing on an electronic drum kit. The set combines self-produced backing tracks with live improvisation that give each set a unique feel. Bells and Robes has shared the stage with ODESZA, Lotus, Beats Antique, HAYWYRE, Manic Focus, Papadosio, Break Science, Mr. Carmack, Autograf, Zoogma, Kodak To Graph, Exmag and many more.
Nifty Earth is Atlanta producer Joseph Thrash. His immersive sonic landscapes are beautiful, primal and expressive of his unique perception of the worlds around him. Utilizing sounds and rhythms from cultures that span the globe he knits them together using intricate melodies and native vocals. With a discography that ranges from up-swelling and exuberant, to the sublime and meditative, Nifty Earth’s music is certain to resonate with some place within your soul.
Tone Connect projects a musical aesthetic combining visual analog mediums into dark and soulful dance music. Matt Peavy, also known as Tone Connect, sprouted from the suburbs of Atlanta and grew up playing multiple instruments in various indie-rock bands and taking a keen interest in analog Polaroid photography with his trusty SX70. As Matt drifted stylistically out of post-rock sounds to electronic music and analog synths, he became interested in creating a project containing his three favorite analog values: Oscillators, Polaroids, and Pantones. Drawing inspiration from analog synths, color palettes that only a Polaroid photo can create, and lush verbed-out samples gathered through crate digging in Atlanta, Tone Connect bridges the mediums together to create wavy and distorted, downtempo and moody music for those that enjoy analog tastes mixed with grimey-southern electronic sounds. Fresh off a play with Daily Bread at Aisle 5, Tone Connect is priming himself to make waves in the experimental bass music scene throughout the South.
Born a military brat, Swain moved yearly before finding a home in the South. As he got older, Swain began to balance out school and life stresses with my own kind of therapy: music. Songwriting quickly became his primary form of expression, which started him on a path towards rapping, engineering and even producing. "Today we’re surrounded by so many control systems, it’s easy to forget your identity and fall victim to someone else’s; becoming submissive to popular culture, TV, drugs, social media; etc. More than escaping physical imprisonment, freedom is a mentality that enforces separation from oppression." Swain challenges people to define their own opinion rather than burying ideas underneath tired traditions. "Its everybody’s reality to gain. Its everybody’s right to claim. Its how you Keep It Swain!"