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Some bands go through protracted courtships before they ever play a note of music together. Mackintosh Braun was not one of those. “We started writing and recording together the first day we met,” recalls Ian Mackintosh, one-half of the indie/electro-pop duo from Portland, OR. “We couldn’t stop it.” Their musical ideas and beliefs were too simpatico not to.

“We were so on the same page it was kind of stupid,” concurs Ben. “We met at the perfect time in our creative journeys.” Together they compose perfect pop songs, succinct and compelling enough to stand alone on piano or acoustic guitar, yet animated by artful production that brings out every little sonic nuance. Songs that transcend trends.
While the band’s popularity is still ascending, their music has already been warmly received. Since they met eight years ago, Mackintosh Braun’s songs have appeared on TV shows including Grey’s Anatomy, Gossip Girl, Chuck, Rubicon, and How to Make It in America. Earlier this year, “Never Give In” was featured in the film and on the soundtrack of Veronica Mars. They have also released two previous albums, The Sound (2007) and Where We Are (2010).
With their third full-length, Arcadia, Mackintosh Braun takes a giant step forward, building on the pair’s proven strengths as songwriters and producers, while expanding their sound in subtle yet profound new ways. “I hope people hear this record and go ‘Wow, they’re trying new things,’” says Ben.


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