Microfilm embraces contradictions quite heavily in their music, juxtaposing organic strings, piano, and choral samples with electro-house arrangements on The Slingshot Orchestra, the group’s second full-length. Matt Keppel and Matthew Mercer encompass the newly formed PDX-based duo that delves deeply into minimalism coupled with lavish electronics, as seen on this track, “Teenage Symphonies” (yet another blatant contradiction, as we know most teenage experiences more resemble a poorly mixed mash-up than the do a symphony-like experience). Keppel’s effect-heavy vocals don an uplifting, yet withdrawn feel, while Mercer’s production work provides a wide spectrum of sound with great attention to detail, including beautifully layered synths, pulsating bass, and well-executed, syncopated breakdowns.

Teenage Symphonies