Started by Morgan McRae and Philip Cullin, Headphone developed over the last 3 years in the San Diego music scene as players from various recording studios met and began playing together. Several members came and went in the first couple years as the group honed its sound, writing, and recording style. In the last year, the group solidified as a three piece when Darren Goldberg joined the group. The music itself blends their interests in everything from classical and jazz to electronic and independent rock. The lyrics look at the enigmatic space between connection and detachment, hopefulness and despair. Their intense live performance is fueled by sonic contrast, subtle moods and explosive dynamics.
Headphone is still a relatively young band, and it takes some effort to seek its music out on YouTube or Google, but you wouldn’t know that from the sound of Frames of Light (self-released, 2018), the trio’s latest EP. Built on a bedrock of synth, keyboard, drums and bass, the three-man band puts out funky tracks reminiscent of ’80s synth-pop groups like Yaz, Pet Shop Boys and The Human League. A 2018 video of the new EP’s title track, recorded live at Foxhole Studios in Headphone’s hometown of San Diego, captures that vibe perfectly in black and white. Lines like “You’re peering through our walls / Yeah, you shot right through my thick skin / and now we’re shuttering our windows” are worth listening for, too. -Lex Nelson, Boise Weekly
LINK – https://www.boiseweekly.com/boise/headphone/Content?oid=17758905