The NY-based musician takes on atmospheric psych-pop with his debut album 'Dark Matters' on Group Tightener
Growing up in New York on a steady diet of influences from Chicago house, disco, and Motown, Alec Feld aka Expensive Looks, first started his musical journey through DJing before turning his hand to solo productions. His debut LP, 'Dark Matters' on Group Tightener is a short affair lasting as a continuous nine tracks, fusing textured electronic sounds and atmospheric vibes. “Dark Matters comes into play as confusion and constant bipolar shifts all for the pursuit of happiness,” Feld says. “I kill for euphoria and use it as a venue to get that polar-shifting depressive state across. This isn’t about me not being happy, it’s more about my frustration with the pursuit of happiness. I’m also kind of a space nut. There is little logic behind what ‘dark matter’ is and how it works.” Here we speak to the young musician about all that behind Expensive Looks and what to expect from him...
...your secret talent?
Having a weird memory. I don’t remember shit I’m supposed to, and do remember shit that doesn’t matter.
Handy when contributing useless shit to a dying conversation.
...your worst vice?
…the story behind your name?
Something about mocking reality TV with a few friends. It’s a love/hate thing.
... your favourite sound?
Carl Sagan’s voice.
...your worst fashion secret?
What is secretive fashion?
...your favourite website?
reddit has stuff.
... good for breakfast?
Bacon. Nutella. Put ‘em together.
...at the top of your shit list?
Nirvana cover bands.
...are you listening to now?
M83 (Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming), Black Star (Mos Def & Talib Kweli are Black Star), Flying Lotus (Los
Angeles), Studio (Yearbook 1), Sun Araw (Beach Head), Ellen Allien & Apparat (Orchestra of Bubbles),
Woods (Songs of Shame).
How would you describe your work?
A clusterfuck of glimmering spontaneous nostalgia.
Expensive Looks' Dark Matters is out now on Group Tightener.