Qurious is the surprising collaboration between a hip-hip producer/sample collagist (Mike Netland) and a vocal texturist/muli-instumentalist (Catherine Quesenberry). Since winter 2009, the pair has taken up casting a sonic net over the patrons of the Atlanta and Athens music scenes.
Whether from headphones or on stage, one is inevitably caught spellbound. The siren-like vocals which lay atop the depths of keyboard/sample-based aural tapestries capture intellects and sway those fleshy physical forms into dance. With compositions as various and interesting as their subject matter, Qurious challenges audiences to follow them through the melodic looking-glass, venturing into a more cerebral listening experience.
Summoning nature-inspired soundscapes in their premiere concept-album: Planet Plant, the group built an enthralling narrative of terrestrial imagery encapsulated in otherworldly vision. The piece served as a brilliant introduction to the band and landed them a Creative Loafing title: Best Ambient Composers of 2011. Keeping things inquisitive as always, the group can be expected to evolve their enigmatic and sexy brand of auditory escape.
“You have to know the rules before you can effectively break them, and Qurious seems to operate on a higher level of consciousness than its electro peers. Between Mike Netland’s starry-eyed production and Catherine Quesenberry’s spellbinding voice, the duo delves deep into the realm of pure atmospherics with a sense of sophistication that eludes the rest.” – Creative Loafing Atlanta
“The crowd was entranced, unable to keep from dancing along with these bioluminescent ambassadors of electronica” – Flagpole
“Each track is a varied experiment in electronics with plenty of headphone tantalizing tones” – Good Pop, Bad Pop
“Void Vanishing” showcases Qurious taking their sound to the next level.
“Void Vanishing” nine tracks at first listen sound much darker and damper than “Planet Plant”, but upon further listens one will realize that “Void Vanishing” is more refined and lush. Deep synthesizer explorations have resulted in intricate beats and melodies meshed with exploratory textural environments.
Release DateNovember 20, 2012
I’ve only listened to the new, forthcoming Qurious record twice, but it’s already one of my favourite albums to come out this year. A bit farther down the ambient rabbit hole than this duo’s previous efforts, Void Vanishing is a cathedral of texture. So many distinct pieces are weaved together perfectly to build an ethereal blanket of sound. Here are the first two singles, which have already been floating around, and then be sure to pick up a copy of Void Vanishing when it becomes available next week.
Over the last few years, Qurious has carved out a singular space within Atlanta's musical circles. Void Vanishing finds Mike Netland's celestial ambiance and Catherine Quesenberry's exquisite voice coalescing with a mature new sound — not quite the ecstatic pop they summoned by deconstructing the Beach Boys' "Pet Sounds," nor is it the pure abstraction of Planet Plant. "Rubies'" slight atmosphere builds around melodic nods to Erik Satie's "Trois Gymnopédies," while "Pactolian" hints at a secret narrative lingering somewhere in the ether. The swelling rhythms of "Termina" punctuate the energy that's resonating all throughout the album, allowing it to stand on its own experimental structures. Standard-issue indie psych fare this is not. Void Vanishing is, however, one of the most captivating Atlanta releases this year. (5 out of 5 stars)