We love our electronic music — especially when it spikes up and down with bouncy beats.
We forgot just how much we adore this sound until we listened to “LONE,” a new song by Small Million, a Portland-based synth-pop duo who blend bouncy electronica with deeper, darker and sultrier sonics.
Small Million is comprised of composer Ryan Linder and singer Malachi Graham, whose voice exudes the sweetness of Zoe Deschanel and the depth of Kate Bush.
Their Young Fools EP — which we hope to feature in our Fall Catalogue — drops in October.
In the meantime, get to know Ryan and Malachi below.
NAME: Malachi Graham
AGE (if you want to give it up): 27
POSITION: The singing half
NAME: Ryan Linder
AGE (if you want to give it up): 1 and a half scores and 1 year
POSITION: The other half
1. What is your earliest musical memory?
Ryan: Listening to Motown compilation cassettes in the car with my family.
Malachi: Eavesdropping on recordings of opera and classical cello from the cool old lady who lived above us.
2. What has been your most embarrassing musical moment?
Ryan: Retrospectively, in elementary school I was Charlie Brown in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.
Malachi: Wearing headphones on a road trip in middle school while I belted along with top-40 country. It was agonizingly obvious how few of the words I knew while still wanting to sing along at the top of my lungs.
3. What do you like and dislike about touring?
Malachi: Love getting a tasting menu of the music scenes in other cities, could do without the back pain from long drives.
Ryan: It’s fun to travel and get some bonding time in, but it really empties the pockets.
4. What is your favorite record store, anywhere in the world?
Ryan: I used to go to Amoeba Music in Los Angeles when I was a young one for the free shows. Their used music selection was massive and they also had a killer film section. Criterion Collections for days.
Malachi: Music Millennium here in Portland— great selection, perfect vibe, and I’ve been loving the in-store performances there since I was in high school… Caught some of my faves Jolie Holland, the Decemberists, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, Laura Veirs.
5. Other than your own music, what is your favorite song or album of all-time? Why?
Malachi: Can’t shake my love of the Carter Family recordings from the 1920s and 30s… haunting vocals, timeless melodies, Maybelle Carter’s guitar lines. Some of my favorites are “The Storms Are On The Ocean,” “I’ll Be All Smiles Tonight,” and “I’m Thinking Tonight of My Blue Eyes.”
Ryan: Impossible question of course. I will say my current favorite album is Hundred Waters’ latest: Communicating. It’s heart-achingly beautiful and I’m still not sick of it. Its been out for almost a year, and with an endless stream of amazing music, that’s saying something.
6. You wake up in a seedy Berlin hotel room with no recollection of the past 96 hours. Who is your first call?
Ryan: Die Geisterjäger.
Malachi: Probably Ryan— I would assume he had something to do with it.
All Images Courtesy of Small Million and Photographer Kale Chesney.
Other Six Crucial Questions:
— # —