“I think environment can really help you establish a new language,” says Siki Im, the German-born menswear designer and one half of the newly minted musical duo Jvlivs/Erving. For their debut, “EP_001,” Im and the composer Casey Mullen exchanged their New York City home base for a studio in Berlin’s electronica-rich landscape. “There’s a huge scene there, which I think helped us approach the songs a little differently,” Im says. “But it was also just a pure space where we were able to do music every day, which felt really good.”
On “EP_001,” pulsing, glitchy beats lay the foundation for Mullen’s haunting piano pieces, while Im’s evocative vocals quietly float in and out of the mix, making for a heady soundscape that’s frighteningly easy to get lost in. “There’s a beat, but it’s not really dance music,” says Mullen, who cite...
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