Hailing from Binghamton, trance/fusion band Solaris greets 2012 with their first EP, a stellar preview of whats to come when they enter the studio later this year. Forming in the summer of 2010, the trio made up of Jared Raphel on keyboards, Dan Lyons on drums and Vince Naro on Bass play a Disco Biscuits/STS9 style of electronica that many fans will appreciate for their high energy dance rhythms. Solaris bundles the best of these groups along with a little Pink Floyd and jazz influence into a writhing EP, Beyond 3D that makes an solid statement from a band on the rise in New York.
Beyond 3D opens with Must Be Heard, which provides a trancey cymbal rattling intro to the five-track EP with spoken word samples in the background providing the title to the track. Polar continues with lines from the movie Solaris, moving rapidly into a well formed psychotropic composition. Not Waiting Long is airy and orchestral, with nice deep beats and percussion change up of the beat over eight minutes, morphing into a sci-fi movie soundtrack at 78 RPMS. Them starts out with a synthesizer intro then moves into a slap bass and drum pad led section, incorporating the melodies of the keys into the electronic landscape and growing into a fury that explodes with the band fully in step together. The Person I Remember ends the EP with a soft outro and a few final samples.
Solaris’ next show is The Binghamtronica Music and Arts Festival at Binghamton University on March 24th. Tickets are $20 and will be available at http://www.facebook.com/Binghamtronica3
Key Tracks – the entire EP