Airpark are brothers Michael Ford, Jr. and Ben Ford and make "deconstructed pop music...focusing on songs that pack a punch with bold, basic ingredients." The Nashville based duo formed as Airpark last year, scaling back the musical approach from their former 6 piece band, The Apache Relay. The essence of that new sound is captured in "Plenty To Pine For" off their EP Early Works Volume 1,which dropped in March on their own label, Eugenia Hall Records. Under the Radar has the premiere of the video below.
The brothers face off in the manner in which they typically create, with Michael Ford Jr. on drums and singing with an alley cat rasp similiar to Spoon's Britt Daniel and Ben playing guitar in tight lock with the slugging drum beat and lending falcetto accents.
Says Ben, "We wanted to do a tasteful performance based video that showed how we work through tunes: Michael on drums, myself on guitar. At the the center is the entirely oversized mirror ball that we felt set the right vibe for a New Year's Eve heartbreak ballad. We obsessively searched for and found the largest one we could as we both gravitate towards art that plays with scale. It provided a surreal element to an otherwise straightforward melancholic performance video. It almost killed us trying to hang it as well.”
With influences ranging from Tinariwen and Lijadu Sisters, Air, Damon Albarn, Fiona Apple's The Idler Wheel; Big Star's Alex Chilton, Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham and Harry Nilsson, to name a few, Airpark has emerged with a studied and instinctive style of pop forged from tasteful and eclectic roots. Airpark will be touring the eastern U.S. this spring. Check the dates below.