Verdigrls, Den-Mate, Sur Back, Rich Girls
Sur Back is the experimental pop brainchild of former Florida ballerina, Caroline Sans. A producer at heart, Caroline marries layered combinations of guitars, vocals, and beats with string and brass instruments—producing a sound that’s equal parts whimsical and arresting. In live performance, she rounds out this synthesis with choreographed and improvised movements. Caroline draws the name of her moniker from a natural phenomenon described as "the green ray," first observed by Arctic explorer Sir George Back. The green ray is also said to be a philosophical phenomenon—a moment of epiphany where your thoughts, and the thoughts of those around you are perfectly understood—a struggle that plays a clear role throughout Caroline's tracks. "Sir" was changed to "Sur" to imply the Turkish translation of "sur"—"steer"— in hopes the music will "steer back" its listeners to epiphanies of their own. Her debut EP, Kitsch, was released in July 2016, and her second is slated for this winter.
Rich Girls combines the polish of British art rock with the primitive energy of American garage. Dark, melodic, raw by design, the band began as a solo recording project by Luisa Black and evolved around a series of dark pop demos Black wrote while living in London. A steady stream of EPs cemented the Rich Girls high/low sound and found a small following in unexpected outposts across the UK and Europe. Often a trio, sometimes a duo, Rich Girls live create a surprisingly huge sound out of minimal elements. The band is based in NYC.
“Floating between garage and doom pop, a beautiful intersection of sound” — BUST Magazine
"Steady, twinkling, noir-tinged" -- New York Music Daily
"The spawn of Hope Sandoval and 1977 Iggy Pop" -- Global Texan Chronicles