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Formed in 2016 by its two members, Ben Barsochinni and Aram “Max” Vehuni, slenderbodies is a musical and artistic project that came together in a particularly unusual way. Having met as college freshman at UC Santa Cruz, Ben and Max became friends and shared music throughout their time during school, but never worked on any projects together, instead staying active with music through their own bands and ventures.
Three years later, as Max was working on the initial tracks for a new record, he reached out to Ben to bounce some ideas around. Over the course of the next month, the two worked together to shape and refine the tracks, and despite a distance of more than 300 miles separating Ben in Half Moon Bay and Max in Los Angeles, the two successfully finished and released their debut EP, ‘Sotto Voce’, and slenderbodies was born.
For those who are familiar with Glass Animals and Radiation City, you’ll find that slenderbodies’ identity falls somewhere between the two. Their signature sound combines airy falsetto vocals with masterfully delicate guitar riffs, set over present percussion and driving electronic beats. Influenced heavily by nature, the duo are adept at creating songs that sound natural, in no small part due to their insistence that their music be created and recorded using real instruments, and then produced and mastered later digitally.