Rob Hanlon (keyboard, synthesizer, saxophone), David Balatero (bass, synthesizer), Chris Icasiano (drums) and Ryan Batie (vocals) create acrobatic and playful songs that bump, sparkle, and knock. They are forward-looking but backward-leaning, marrying the rhythms and harmonic density of R&B with the push/pull dynamic between space and forward movement of house music. They tie myriad influences together with melodies that glance at both contemporary synth-pop and blue-eyed soul. Sister Girlfriend’s star shines bright in Seattle’s vibrant electronic pop scene.
You imagine that when these guys fuck, there's probably not a hair out of place.
Sister Girlfriend’s Knock EP is like a sequined sport coat style peep show that represents Seattle’s synth pop scene.
…their blue-eyed soul is being played perfectly straight, which bolsters the music and sends it sailing beyond the realms of ironic detachment. What we're left with is pure, unadorned, baby-making music. Take it at face value and sashay up to someone.
Whether you do the hustle, pop & lock, or dance a jig, this song oughta get you moving, it’s really as much fun as you can possibly have with pants on.
The music of Sister Girlfriend suggests a fantasy world where a brash Hall & Oates go on a prog-rock/futuristic-R&B bender.
This is the type of shit that makes you want to pile your friends in a car, fill the cooler with Lime-A-Ritas, and watch the sunset on the beach. Who cares if it's 45 degrees outside?