Small Million, Small Skies
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Futuristic robo-pop streaked with hints of neo-classical and roots music, like a landlocked (and less shy) Frank Ocean.
-Ben Salmon (Portland Mercury)
Mordecai utilizes an eclectic palette of blips, beeps, keys and violin as foundation for dark, emotive shifts of melody. Imagine an Oval record paired with a choir of clinically depressed vocalists. Fans of the Knife, Purity Ring or Grimes will find much to love here...
-Cris Lankenau (Portland Mercury)
Veiled in the sonic shroud of avant-pop’s murky soundscapes, Portland, Oregon experimental Duo Mordecai are forging an incendiary path. Comprised of lap-steel/vocalist Andrew Alexander Endres and violinist Kate Kilbourne the band came together in early 2016, conspiring darkly sweet, beat-driven bangers that fold in R&B swagger, electro mysticism, and pop sensibility.
-Ryan Prado (Portland Mercury/Vortex Magazine)
Portland duo Small Million (Ryan Linder & Malachi Graham) met on the dance floor and got busy writing alt pop songs with impassioned lyrics and dark melodic hooks. Blending Malachi's roots in Americana with Ryan's eclectically influenced electronic layering, they’ve gained attention for their richly textured, emotional tracks, powerhouse vocals, and captivating live performances. Small Million has been featured on compilations by Tender Loving Empire, PDX Pop Now!, and Vortex Music Magazine, as well as Spotify's featured Mellow Morning playlist. They released their debut EP, Before the Fall, in 2016 and their follow-up, Young Fools, in October 2018.
“Innovative and darkly captivating, capable of pulling audiences in with pop-accessible hooks only to keep them around for the scintillating stories and sounds that come with them.” –PopMatters
Led by multi-instrumentalist and singer Benjamin Tyler, Small Skies started as his experimental, electro-pop solo project under the name Stepkid while he was studying jazz at ASU in Tempe, AZ. After moving to Portland in 2008, Tyler played at many of the small, weird & seedy venues of old school Portland while he refined the sound and live show of his project. In 2014 he enlisted a number of musicians he had worked with to help create the first self-titled Small Skies album for the Ephem-Aural label out of NYC. After the creation of the album the band quickly garnered considerable buzz and started playing a flurry of shows around Portland and also made time for touring around the U.S. These days Small Skies continue to work on perfecting their sound, weaving ethereal, electronic soundscapes into an urgent, very danceable beat. Their latest single 'Candy' was featured on the 2017 edition of PDXPOPNOW! a yearly showcase of local Portland musical talent. Their latest album 'Build' is out now.
1001 SE Morrison St
Portland, OR, 97214