Phoenix, AZ quintet Electric Sol has created an upbeat, positive and unerringly catchy collection, with their upcoming EP, ‘Accept Me’.
Started out as a solo studio project by lead singer/songwriter Ed Sweet, Electric Sol unveiled their eponymous first release in 2016. Spanning two generations, the quirky group of self-professed nerds hone an intricate and catchy blend of influences, with nods to the likes of Miami Horror, Penguin Prison and Passion Pit.
Summer’s EP, the buoyant ‘Accept Me’ was produced by Grammy-nominated Dapo Torimiro (Justin Bieber, John Legend, Jordin Sparks) and champions positivity and acceptance, with Electric Sol’s hook-laden and soulful beats proving the perfect companion for Sweet’s lyricism.
With “Your Divinity”, Electric Sol partners with buzzworthy producer Secret Attraction and in doing so transitions to an edgier and more assertive brand of pop, awash with dusky, disco vibes and without losing the mesmerizing hooks and tempting vocal delivery with which the group are quickly becoming associated.
We wanted to know what made them tick musically, what makes their creative juices flow – so spill the beans kids…
Secret Attraction — Baby Blue
I saw Secret Attraction live in February 2020, before the pandemic and loved his synth-laden, 1980s vibe. By April, I had gotten in touch and asked him to produce an EP for us. He agreed and I knew he’d bring a special kind of nostalgic pop sensibility to our music that felt retro and modern at the same time.
During the early days of the pandemic, I took long walks along the canal near my house and listened to chill instrumental music. As soon as I heard this song, the lyrics for Your Divinity started crystallizing. I think the first two lines—Everything about you says / That you’re having your best days—popped into my head as soon as I heard this lovely tune. This artist is a bit of an enigma to me. They seem to only have one song and it has almost 6 million streams on Spotify.
Tears For Fears — Everybody Wants To Rule The World
So many bands from the eighties have influenced my music, but this duo, and this tune in particular, has always been a standout. The intro, the drums, Curt Smith’s unique voice…all these distinctive elements blended together to create something really groundbreaking at the time. This is the kind of benchmark that I’ll always aspire to.
I was in LA a few years ago and the friend I was going to meet one night had to bail out on me, so I decided to see what kind of live music I could find on my own. This band I had never heard of was playing at the Teragram Ballroom. Taking a random chance on Penguin Prison really propelled me and my music into the dance-pop universe. I loved the energy of the music and the happy, dancing crowd, and I realized that this was the kind of music I had always wanted to make.
I love that this band takes a lot of risks and blurs several different genre lines without anything seeming forced or out of the ordinary. They’re equally experimental and mainstream, which is a dichotomy I can respect. No matter how their music is dressed up, they always seem true to their core to me, which I think is really important for any musical artist.