Exclusive: Minorfauna unite R&B and hip-hop on debut EP, Myself
The Melbourne-based R&B duo continue to prove themselves after a run of brilliant singles this year.
Earlier this year, we were introduced into the world of Minorfauna – A Melbourne-based two-piece who, with their debut single 2B, were combining the worlds of pop, R&B and hip-hop in a way really quite unique to Australia. "It’s ultimately pop but skirts alt-r&b. I’m pretty influenced by Travis Scott’s style of production - that mix of completely bonkers, weirdo songwriting that’s still insanely catchy," said Kyle, one-half of the duo, when we talked about their debut release on its release. "Caroline Polachek's vocals (from Chairlift) really did a number on me over the past decade. It's vocalists/artists like her, Kelela, Yukimi Nagano and Lykke Li that have steered me toward this current position between genres," reaffirmed Abbey – the other half – on their long and varied list of influences, each of which they inject into their own music sonically.
On their debut EP Myself - streaming on Pilerats today ahead of its full release on September 25 – Minorfauna well and truly explore every facet and groove of their expansive and experimental sound, using the EP's five-track duration to showcase a range of takes on their left-field R&B. Some songs, like the EP's second focus single Texting & Driving, are more upbeat and hip-hop in nature, with that Travis Scott-esque influence showing through its crashing, bassy production. Meanwhile, tracks like its title-track Myself and Can't Be are more on the R&B edge, the latter of which merging Abbey's soft vocal with left-field, auto-tune-fuelled breakdowns expected from an artist like Cashmere Cat.
It's quite a versatile EP, meaning that while it doesn't exactly lock down precisely what Minorfauna's sound is – probably a good thing so earlier in the project's lifespan – there's definitely going to be something for everyone on there. Check it out below:
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