Maiden China & Fortress Field Single
Kaela was born on a commune in San Francisco before moving to New York. Her mother followed a guru and she grew up learning to chant in Sanskrit. D.V. is a fourth generation Manhattanite from Chinatown/Little Italy and was also a child actor. The two met as students at LaGuardia Arts high school in New York in a Saturday afternoon drawing class. Their friendship began with a steady exchange of mix tapes and CDs. They briefly fell out of touch when Kaela had a year-long stint attending Mills College in Oakland. Terry Riley’s guest professorship at the school offered her the opportunity to become acquainted the notions of minimalism, which had a profound effect. During this time, D.V. stayed in the city trying just about every art school in New York on for size and staying up until dawn most nights playing with synths and learning about home recording. Kaela returned to New York with mixed feelings about the program at Mills, and in 2007, after running into D.V. a handful of times the two started making music together.
Konnichiwa had started more or less on a whim, but quickly turned serious. Kaela writes the lyrics and melodies and sings, and D.V. does the instrumentation, production, and programming. In these two tracks the duo demonstrate their ability create timeless-sounding electronic pop interwoven with delicate dreamlike vocals stunningly and effortlessly. We’d like you to have a listen. Full length coming Summer 2010.