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Abe are from Sheffield and comprise a pair of muso brothers, a good friend and a host of electronic wizardry ABE that make a noise distinctly different from the rest their local peers. You can only assume whilst their contemporaries were enjoying a certain romance with a popular band, from not too far afield, that the brothers Rogers were held under the spell of Animal Collective’s sixth studio album ‘Feels’ and were more than content to stay there. How they came across the work of Tare, Bear & Co in the first place I can’t be sure, but the diversity and vitality of Sheffield’s music scene thanks them for doing so. Taking cues and inspiration from the collective’s ethereal soundscapes, expansive pop and wild leaps of imagination the brother’s sound also encompasses ideas cultivated and pruned from myriad other influences. There’s the obvious nod of affection to Burial and an ability to incorporate the more refined aspects of the future garage and Slo-mo-house movement into their unorthodox palette. Also we have a band that cherry picked the elements of chill wave and dark wave that they feel work outside of a time and fashion limited micro-genre. As you can see above they’re also just as at home in the production studio as they are in the rehearsal rooms. If I were anal, or worked in a HMV I’d actually want to shop in, I’d file them next to Grizzy Bear, Animal Collective, Burial, Yeasayer, Baths, Tanlines and Caribou.

There is also Keiko Abe (安倍 圭子, born April 18, 1937) is a Japanese composer and marimba player.


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