Force Publique – Kicking Off Fall Quarter in A Portland State of Mind
Written by DJ Mkulima (The Farmer) on October 12, 2016
Tonight on Learning to Grow with DJ Mkulima (The Farmer) is the pre Portland State of Mind Concert (Oct 13 5:30-10PM) artist feature with Force Publique – Portland local darkwave, witchy, electronic, down-tempo, shoegazey no-genre musical duo.
Merging droning, distorted guitar tones with off-kilter, atmospheric hip-hop beats, Portland-based Force Publique create songs that are equal parts mood and melody. The duo began when guitarist/singer Cassie Graves approached producer James Wayne, in search of new textures and rhythms that only electronics could provide. What they created bridges the past and present of the Pacific Northwest’s musical tastes – absorbing grunge and shoegaze into the dark, bass-heavy beats currently found in the region’s underground. The group’s newest release – the 6-song Bloom cassette — follows on the heels of 2014’s Pure EP, bringing a greater focus on pop structures and songwriting, without compromising the crushing sonics of the band’s previous work.
Keep on Growing out There!