“New Ears”, the first Son Step track to surface since their 2019 full length Fossilillies, is the most current snapshot of the group’s artfully twisted and shape-shifting sound. Recorded in various locations and finished against the backdrop of the sea change that was 2020, the song is a soft and moody foray into inner spaces decorated with thick bass tones, synthetic cycles and fluidly snapping percussion. It also marks the band’s first time working with Cincinnati based drummer and avid experimenter Ben Sloan (WHY?, Naytronix, The National), and this same formation of the group will see the release of more music later this year.
SON STEP is a guitarless, synth-laced pop outfit based in Philadelphia, comprised of twin brothers Jon and Chris Coyle (vocals/synthesizers and bass), Joel Gleiser (vocals/electronics) and a rotating cast of collaborators. With their unique setup and a style that is constantly evolving, the group expertly assembles skittering rhythmic layers and electric textures into songs that simultaneously speak in complex patterns and colorful, emotional terms.
“A deep dive into rhythm and melody, and how the two can push each other into new spaces altogether with a futuristic zeal.”
“All of the band’s fragmented elements work harmoniously… Son Step has a firm understanding of their sound.”
– Consequence of Sound
“It takes confidence to make music that resists classification as thoroughly this does. Son Step stands out.”
– Alexandria Symonds of Interview Magazine
“Trippy, atypical song structure, haunting beauty, playful loops and circuital layering. Can’t wait to watch this band grow.”
“Son Step caught me by surprise… Complex polyrhythm, restrained bass lines, hushed vocals, and lightly washed-out sounds… The band’s music stuck with me.”
– Leor Galil of The Chicago Reader
“Sweet Wife Life” (Blue Room Session, 2017)
“Pluto Chakras” (Fossilillies, 2019 / Video by Haoyan of America)
“Fossilillies” (Fossilillies, 2019 / Video by Bucky Illingworth)
“Steam Team” (Seven Knots Session, 2015)
“Forks” (Spooky Tooth EP, 2011)
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