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For ten days, California duo slenderbodies relocated to an isolated cabin outside

Mendocino, carrying their guitars into the woods each and every morning in search of

fresh melodies and chord progressions that could capture the ephemeral beauty of the

natural world around them. While this might sound like the backstory to some rustic

indie folk record, the band's spectacular new album, 'komorebi' couldn't be any

further from it. Named for a Japanese term used to describe sunlight filtering through

the trees, the record is slick and modern, with spacious alt-pop arrangements full of

effervescent electric guitars and breathy falsetto vocals. Programmed beats and

found-sound percussion underpin each track, blurring the lines between the organic

and the digital at every step and hinting at the wide range of influences the duo draws

on here, from hip-hop and R&B to electronic and dance music. The result is an

intoxicating blend of textures and genres, one that's fueled the band's remarkable

rise from a self-released bedroom project to a touring and streaming powerhouse.

slenderbodies first emerged in 2016 with 'sotto voce,' a mesmerizing, eight-track EP

that took its name from an Italian phrase meaning to speak softly but with emphasis.

Recorded remotely with guitarist Benji Cormack living in Santa Cruz and

singer/guitarist Max Vehuni residing in Los Angeles (the two had met in college a few

years earlier), the collection quickly caught fire on Spotify, where it racked up

millions of streams without any label or radio support. The next year, the pair

returned with a second EP, 'fabulist,' which launched their following into the

stratosphere as lead single "anemone" garnered more than 30 million plays across

platforms. Though the duo had never planned on performing live, they soon found

themselves on stage in front of massive crowds around the world, sharing bills with the

likes of Mura Masa, Passion Pit, PVRIS, and Milky Chance. In 2018 and 2019, Vehuni and

Cormack released two more EPs ('fabulist: extended' and 'soraya,' respectively)

earning ecstatic reviews on both sides of the pond and landing coveted spots at Austin

City Limits and Lollapalooza. The Line Of Best Fit proclaimed that slenderbodies

"conjure an immersive world" with their "genre-blurring" music, while Complex

described their songs as "subtle but infectious," and Billboard praised their

"intimacy" and "daring."