Effective immediately PR is pleased to announce the new EP Gender Rules by Brooklyn-based electro-pop duo Mystic Underground. Consisting of four tracks, this EP addresses various gender issues in our society today. With Benedetto Socci on synthesizers and Vladimir Valette on vocals, this EP displays the duo's signature intelligent lyrics and driving dance rhythms, drawing comparisons to iconic bands Erasure and Depeche Mode. Gender Rules will release on August 20th, 2013.
From the very first day the two musicians were introduced through a mutual friend in 2003, the pair were writing songs together non-stop. After Socci produces the musical foundation on synthesizer, Valette adds the lyrics and overarching melodies like icing on a cake. Says Valette, "We pride ourselves on being songwriters in the classic sense where the paramount objective is to write songs that are accessible, danceable and most importantly, memorable."
Valette also likes to write "clever lyrics that explore all aspects of the human condition with a twist of melancholy and a dash of unadulterated wit." With most of their songs around the theme of gender politics, their single "Fanfare for the Modern Man" makes the statement about how "gender rules are passed but they're never made to last".
Socci and Valette attribute their musical tastes to a variety of influences, including David Bowie, The Smiths, Pet Shop Boys, Prince, Joy Division, and Massive Attack. While performing throughout NYC over the past 5 years at popular music venues such as Mercury Lounge, The Grand Victory, and Public Assembly, Socci and Valette focus on really engaging their audiences by putting on an exciting, hi-energy performance.
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