The fraternal German duo Grandbrothers present themselves as quite the musical anomaly. Being from a classical music background whilst only recently dipping my toes in the world of electronic music, I was excited to hear that they satisfied both camps with their blend of classically infused electronic music.
Whilst combining acoustic elements like pianos and vocals is far from a new thing in electronic music, Grandbrothers do it with such finesse and balance that it feels like an entirely new breed. They have engineered their own grand piano to interact with a modular synth to create a new hybrid instrument. Their music is reminiscent of the Aphex Twin album ‘Drukqs’, except with more of a sense of urgency and progression.
I couldn’t think of a better song to start my playlist.
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About the Curator: Hugh Kelly
Music was not something that seemed to initially come naturally to me. After a couple of unsuccessful choir auditions and a few unfruitful attempts at learning the piano in my younger years, my parents decided that perhaps I was just not musically inclined. It was very soon after this that I was given my first guitar at age 10 - an old Strat copy from the 70s with frets jutting out and tuning pegs rusting. Regardless of the state of the instrument, it sparked a profound interest which has only grown until the present day.
Fast forward to now, having just completed my Bachelor’s Degree in Composition and Performance from the University of Glasgow as well as a continuing career as a self-releasing musician, I am delighted to be joining the MusicTo team. Having seen streaming services from both the consumer and artist perspective, MusicTo certainly has the ability to provide great interest to both sides of this streaming dynamic.