Imagine Bon Iver's gentle approach towards creating music blended with experimental synth pop acts like Cocteau Twins and M83. Welcome to the world of South African duo Academie.
Initially through their live shows and then with 2016’s groundbreaking EP, Volumes, Jean-Louise and Alex Parker have conjured up a pop soundscape that easily places the duo alongside those pushing the frontiers of the genre on the global scene. They have matched this with an arresting aesthetic and a recent slate of intensely conceived performances – all of which have fortified Academie's standing as among South Africa’s most exciting creative talents.
The first time I heard "Monochrome" I felt the urge of running on a secluded beach somewhere far away. And then I imagined that scene, but in slow motion. Felt super epic, until I realized I was the one running and I felt lame and then I went back to the reality of my room. Nonetheless, that track can send you places!