After some time away, former Northwest electro-pop duo the Blow (Khaela Maricich and Melissa Dyne) return with "Make It Up," and it's an artful blend of pleasing harmonies, quasi-industrial percussion, and spacious production. Somehow they've managed to put together a piece that's intricate yet minimal and buoyant yet earthy.
As Maricich told Stereogum about their process, "Since we aren't a band with a guitarist and a drummer the sky is the limit in terms of what sounds we can use, and it actually took a lot of experimentation before we found the elements that complemented the lyrics and melody in exactly the right way."
After joining together in Portland in 2006, the couple moved to Brooklyn in 2008 (the Blow began as Maricich's solo project before becoming a duo with former partner Jona Bechtolt, aka Yacht). Seven years later, Maricich and Dyne are finally releasing their first album, the fifth to bear the Blow name. I'm not sure why it took so long, but this single indicates that it was worth the wait.
Kanine Records releases The Blow on Oct 1. The duo plays Neumos on Oct 21.