Sometimes to develop a unique sound, you need to step away from the familiar. Little People's brand new EP Csay Csay is another departure from an artist already apart from the expected.
Founded with chopped hip hop, you might have thought Little People would call a bustling New York his home, or at least somewhere in the US. Instead, his beats came from far away and up above - within the natural breaks of the Swiss Alps. You can still hear the hip-hop influence in his tracks, but with Csay Csay, his style is more electronic than ever.
The new EP seems to both embrace his natural homeland and urban influence. His use of organic instrumentation has been increasing and there seems to be evidence of it here. Distant xylophones dance out of focus from the interstellar house synths on "eightyOne" while enchanting pianos on "Enola" have the same subtle power as an eyelid flutter from "the one" across the room. Meanwhile the title track wraps an entire melody from a vocal sample so smoothly you hardly recognize the sound as human.
Little People was already far from the geographic boundaries of his previous genre, and now he's stepping away from the comforts of his own sound. He continues to explore the beauty in the depths of music, something he seems he was born into.
You can see him live on his new tour below and also at festivals including Electric Forest, What The Festival and Lightning In A Bottle. The Csay Csay EP will be available March 5th on Youth & Progress.
2/25/15 - Blue Moose Tap House, Iowa City
2/26/15 - Blue Note, The Columbia
2/27/15 - Canopy Club, Urbana
2/28/15 - Bluebird Nightclub, Bloomington
3/3/15 - Mr. Small's Theatre, Pittsburgh
3/4/15 - Rapids Theatre, Niagara Falls
3/5/15 - Higher Ground, Burlington
3/6/15 - Calvin Theatre, Northampton
3/11/15 - Bijou Theater, Knoxville
3/12/15 - Orange Peel, The Asheville
3/13/15 - Marathon Music Works, Nashville