Words by Sean Moeller, Illustration by Johnnie Cluney, Recording engineered by Mike Gentry
The form of the bliss that might or might not be found in Shuteye's music is composed of uncertain terms. We're sure that we hear it in there somewhere -- somewhere amongst the digital snow and the black ice. It's in there somewhere, a feeling of ecstasy - that feeling that makes you crave it if you've been deprived of it for a long enough period of time. It'll drive you crazy if you let it.
The electronic duo from Chicago, comprised of vocalist Elysia Hang-fu and DJ/producer Alena Ratner, compose their songs with a hand on the vibey line of intersection between sweet love and forbidden fruit. There's waiting and wondering streaming throughout their full-length album, "Hush Hush," as if there will be no clear conclusions for any of the people in these songs for a goodly amount of time. They're going to be straining and walking the cold streets chain-smoking their way through the confusion until something finally comes through that reminds them of what they haven't felt in a while. They could call it happiness, or by a different name.