The promotional push for THEESatisfaction's Sub Pop debut is ramping up. Last week, the Seattle soul/funk/r&b/hip hop duo were at annual industry cluster-hump SXSW, and as of today you can stream their forthcoming album Awe Naturale (out March 27th) via scrappy indie blog NPR, which also has a good introductory write-up of the band.
On first listen, the productions immediately sound richer than previous THEESat tracks, the bass deeper, the grooves spacier, the vocal harmonies piling up against jazz fragments and swooshing, slipping samples. Maybe the next thing you notice is that this is a compact, focused album, clocking in at just under a half hour. For all their well-absorbed influences and original ideas, Stasia Irons and Catherine Harris-White keep things succinct and sweet here. Further listens (and discussions) will be required, but here's your first notice.