Midnight-techno duo from Columbus, Ohio. Dark and atmospheric: like inhaling, like water. Producers Casey Immel-Brown and Mollie Wells are married, but listen: that means nothing. These songs don't sound like matrimony; they sound like gray oceans and the terrible waiting for sun. Comfort and danger, embracing, at once.
FUNERALS is an electronic duo from Columbus, Ohio. Modern midnight techno, smooth and atmospheric: like inhaling, like water. Producers Mollie Wells and Casey Immel-Brown are married, but listen: That means nothing. These songs don’t sound like matrimony. They sound like grey oceans and the terrible waiting for sun. Comfort and danger, embracing, at once.
Though Wells and Immel-Brown have been producing under the FUNERALS name since 2009 (part of that with Warm Hands’ Conrad Vollmer), it wasn’t until late 2010 that they found their center: Watery, fluid beats inspired in part by their fixation on travel, world music and island cultures, as well as artists like Max Cooper, DJ Pierre, Spektre and Ellen Allien. What comes out, of course, is a jumble of the references: Some desert-island afterparty where UK bass, 90s bleep house and Berlin minimal crash into jagged, Polynesian-tribal vibes. The duo dropped their first proper single AITU (LQD LIVE EDIT) on a Mishka NYC compilation in November 2010 and have since released two EPs with San Francisco’s Tundra Dubs: The debut MARAE (featuring a wicked remix from Jokers of the Scene) and its follow-up MARAE: REMIXES, which included tracks from the likes of Trouble & Bass’ Star Eyes, the inimitable Ritualz and Berlin’s kkoee.
FUNERALS spent much of 2011 and early 2012 appearing at events such as Columbus’ KVLT, NYC’S Pendu Disco, Cleveland’s Get Up!, LA’s LIL DEATH, San Francisco’s Future Perfect and multiple dates at the 2012 SXSW Music Conference. They’ve also dived into remixes, taking on tracks from Burial Hex, Ritualz, UK blog Get Down or Die and Goteki, among others. In May 2012, Mishka Records dropped their latest HYPERMOTION B, a companion EP to Ritualz’s HYPERMOTION X. The album is a statement of intent for the duo: Seething 3am beats set beneath a pile of deep house chords, acidic rhythms and Wells’ clipped and sampled vocals. This is the future of FUNERALS.
The duo are currently working on their full-length debut (Disaro Records, Summer 2012), plus several single EPs releasing this fall and winter. On September 26, they’ll live stream their first in a series of online-only DJ events called TERRA, a monthly venue for the duo to spin records and feature guest mixes from their favorite DJs and producers.
Selected discography Funerals
2011: MARAE: REMIXES - Tundra Dubs
2011: MARAE - Tundra Dubs
2012: HYPERMOTION B - Mishka Records
2011: ∆AIMON - Maasym (FUNERALS Remix)
2011: Burial Hex - Book of Delusions (FUNERALS Lanakila Remix)
2011: plus/minus - Nimrod Glacier (FUNERALS Remix)
2011: Ritualz - Ghetto Ass Witch (FUNERALS Remix)
2011: Violet Tremors - Violet Trance (FUNERALS Remix)
2012: Lemmy Ashton - Get Down or Die Theme (FUNERALS Remix)
2012: Goteki - Silent War (FUNERALS Remix)
2012: Soft Riot - Do Less (FUNERALS Remix)
2012: Skeletonkids - Colony (FUNERALS Remix)
2012: Nightmare Fortress - The Castle (FUNERALS Remix)
2012: VS//YOUTHCLUB - Infinity (FUNERALS REMIX)
2010: AITU (LQD Live Edit) - Mishka’s Guide to Grave Wave - Mishka NYC
2012: GETDOWNORDIE Theme (FUNERALS Remix) - GETDOWNORDIE Theme EP - GETDOWNORDIE
2012: Water Over Night - Robot Elephant vs. Tundra Dubs 12” - Tundra/Robot Elephant
2011: Wander Drift - Vice Italy
2012: This Blinding Place - TXTBK’s CH▼ЯCH X▼ BЯXK3N 7▲NG▼▲G3
2012: FUNERALS Mix - No Conclusion
2012: Monday Mixtape: FUNERALS - Mint Magazine
2012: Guest Mix #6 - Generic People
2012: August 2K12 - Disaro Records