Electric Guest are Asa Taccone and Matthew Compton from Los Angeles who are joined by brothers Todd and Tory Dahlhoff on additional live instrumentation duties but mainly operate as a duo.
Despite being frequently tagged with the Pop label, there is so much more to Electric Guest than such comparisons and really it’s hard to put them into any one genre. The pair have managed to find a mid-range between chilled out Californian haze while maintaining a toe-tapping funk element at the same time. The man behind the production desk for the duration of their debut album, Mondo, might be something to do with achieving this difficult balance between saccharine pop vibes that still have a viable message for the more discerning listener.
The legendary Danger Mouse has tread this thin line himself most prominently in his work as one half of Gnarls Barkley fronted by vocalist Cee-Lo Green. The tracks released from Mondo so far such as the dreamy Troubleman and the soulful Awakehave earned the duo a year-long residency in their hometown (a pretty big deal when you’re hometown is LA) as well as coveted seal of approval from SXSW as they played the festival this year.
One of the most interesting bands to come from LA for a long time with great potential for a future full of experimental hook-ridden delights. Check out “This Head I Hold” out below!
Catch Electric Guest in London on 2nd October at XOYO