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Let’s take a trip back to the 1980s, where the love of cocaine and sex flowed ever so smoothly on Ocean Drive. It was during that time when Miami began to gather an established underworld theme. Bright neon lights lined the city blocks and back alleys. It was a time where violence and fashion came together. All in all, it made Miami the hot spot it is today. As for music during that era, dance and new wave ruled with an iron fist. Acts that once ruled the chart are now dead and gone, leaving a void to fill. Fear not, somewhere down in Texas, an electric/disco-based duo looks to harness that.
Based out of Texas, it’s hard to believe the 10pmtoclose doesn’t have some background in Miami. Almost like they were plucked from the 80s era, they’re breathtaking. The duo is fearless in their approach to dance, funk, and disco music. one of their biggest selling points is the electric guitar that seems to stick out but in a seamless way. The passion and drive for their music are evident and searches to pull you in close to experience it with them. Backed by the sounds of the late 70s, 80s, and 90s, 10pmtoclose does a superb job of selling us on that time period.
10pmtoclose released their first self-titled EP earlier this year. The seven-track project instantly creates the setting for what could only be better described as an acid trip through time. Opening with “Versace intro,” the track plays some distorted, but haunting tone of an interview with iconic fashion designer and pioneer of Miami 80s fashion, Gianni Versace. As the interview plays, we get our first glimpse of the electric duo’s attempt to perfect the backdrop of the whole project. By the time the track ends, we are firmly in the driver seat of a top-down convertible as the ends of our button-down white hot blazer.
Other tracks like “Midnight City” and “Pat Swaynze” are just some of the ways 10pmtoclose strikes gold on this project. With minimal lyrics, 10pmtoclose paints a whole story with well-placed electric strings and catchy piano. The duo doesn’t make music just for the fun of it, they are trying to get us to listen well beyond the barriers we are so used to.