By fusing elements of indie dance and big room house, Swedish superduo Galantis crafts something altogether new with a balance of thoughtful, powerful production and a catchy aesthetic suitable for contemplative listening and festival stages alike. Made up of Christian Karlsson of Miike Snow (pictured left) and Linus Eklöw of Style Of Eye, Galantis released an endearing official video today for their track You, the second single off their breakout self-titled EP.
Directed by Dano Cerny, the man also responsible for the duo’s NSFW Smile video, our story follows a love-seeking SeaFox, a personification of Galantis’ iconic, bioluminescent deep-sea kitty-cat-looking creatures from the cover of the EP (see below). Despite being approached in a friendly manner, the unsuspecting city has mixed reactions to the glowing, fur-covered face, but who hasn’t been treated that way at some point, even while wearing their normal human face?
The new vid comes on the heels of Galantis’ self-titled debut EP, which features four brand new tracks in addition to the already-heard Smile and You. Revolution continues the vocal-driven package with an uplifting arrangement that begins with soft verses and delicate piano before building slowly into a big room-inspired climax. Help follows a similar formula, showcasing the duo’s original sound and combined musicianship through extended, thoughtful buildups leading to complex main sections that are no-doubt making EDM’s mainstage mainstays a little jealous. Galantis peels off a more progressive feel in Friend (Hard Times), still dense with detail and accents to savor play after play. The Heart That I’m Hearing serves as the finale, built on another warm piano melody and a throwback trance feel in the percussion department.
Pick up the debut EP from one of the year’s biggest breakout act thus far here, and if you’re headed to Coachella, be sure to catch their debut performance (no joke) April 12 and 19 before they take off on tour (dates below).
4/12 Indio, CA @ Coachella Festival
4/19 Indio, CA @ Coachella Festival
4/24 Washington DC @ 9:30 Club
4/25 Boston, MA @ Royale Nightclub
4/26 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
4/27 Montreal, QC @ SAT
4/29 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
5/2 Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey