Described as 'Tasmania’s answer to Disclosure', electronic duo Close Counters is attracting an international following. Artists Allan McConnell and Finn Rees create a sound that is an electrifying fusion of electronic, trip-hop and jazz, and their latest release spins an old favourite in a new direction.
McConnell and Rees grew up watching, and even re-creating, episodes of Soupe Opéra, a 90s children show creating animated animals from fruit and vegetables. Serving a mixed dish of nostalgia and futuristic groove, it’s clear why Close Counters’ new remix is an audience favourite at their live shows.
Since forming in 2013, Close Counters’ original tracks have been aired on American radio, and also remixed by a German producer. Their single ‘Fluctuate’ was named Track of the Day on international music blog Indie Shuffle, and the track’s music video was aired on ABC TV’s RAGE program. Their self-titled EP of 2014 is regularly played on Triple J, and is also available for iTunes purchase. Last month Close Counters supported Shaggy at his sold out Hobart show, and earlier this year they played the Marion Bay Falls Festival. On June 13, 2015, Close Counters played at the launch of a new exhibition by artist Marina Abramović as part of Tasmania’s DARK MOFO festival at the Museum of Old and New Art.
With their outstanding production skills and a talent for sonic experimentalism, Close Counters are on track to take the world by storm.