New Yorker, Ruth Mirsky (ex The Drums) and producer Mads Martinsen from Tromsø bridge the Atlantic with their project The Familiar, developing their rich, effecting electronic sound via email and texts.
The latest release from the band is Stuck Together – Check out the video, which is the third and final instalment of Norwegian director’s Åsmund Hasli’s noir video trilogy, below.
It’s synthpop but not as you know it, Mirsky’s vocals lending the song a lived-in human quality with her voice at times reminiscent of the latter releases of the iconic Marianne Faithfull.
Right from the opening with its soft piano arpeggio and broad musical brushstrokes, the song sweeps the listener in a quiet storm of emotion and imagery.
Too uptempo to be a ballad, too knowing to be anodyne pop, instead Stuck Together is an intelligent, thoughtful approach to accessible and emotive electronica.