New York (US)
While students, Nick Weiss and Logan Takahashi connected over a shared love of classic house and techno records that prompted them to make, "some kind of dance music that wasn't just emulating what we were hearing." The duo formed their music organically, improvising over loops that eventually materialized into full-fledged compositions. Rather than relying on triggering loops, or quantization, Teengirl Fantasy's music has always been performed and composed live, resulting in a form of discourse between the band and their instruments. The result is a-typical for electronic dance music- colorful, maximalist textures and tones that move along with a driving rhythm yet still retain a distinctly human and emotional core.
In 2010, True Panther Sounds and Merok released their debut LP, 7AM. It was critically praised for its creative use of samples and experimentation. The album made numerous year-end lists including FACT, Pitchfork, XLR8R and established the pair as electronic visionaries. Their second album TRACER came out in 2012, was completely sample-free and features an array of vocalists including Panda Bear, Romanthony (of Daft Punk's "One More Time" fame), Laurel Halo, and Kelela. In November 2013 they released their new 4 track EP in anticipation of their third album, set to drop in Spring 2014. The stunning video for lead track "Nun" is a fusion of footage gathered from several surveillance monitors set to Earth. Director Hans Lo pieced together these captured images of Earth's ecosystems, ranging from the macro to microscopic.