Half of the musicians I knew moving into the Bay Area are heavily involved in beatmaking, so the sound of whirring effects and bustling samples nudging themselves gently into the chorus of a song has felt constantly close at hand. Skeleton Zoo's surrealist debut The Busride EP fits nicely into that milieu, offering up a sample from the original Willy Wonka movie no later than the third track. The duo, Stephen Goodwin and Ezekiel Barnett, played cello together in high school orchestra, but now they collaborate cross country, creating conscientious showcases for gorgeous sounds. I don't know if the cello background necessarily comes through in the music, but let me know if you think it does and why (I'd be interested).
Download the entire album here.