London duo RINNGS are making some of the most artful alt-pop you can get your hands on right now.
At the heart of their sound lie layers of sweet vocals and minimalist percussion, which build to take in stereoscopic synths and acutely confessional songcraft.
It’s an intoxicating mix of frank openness and digital textures, which mark the pair out as more than just contenders in the crowded electronic-pop niche.
Dropping their debut single Cutting the Cloth in 2017, they quickly picked up steam with support from Spotify’s coveted New Music Friday playlist, Apple Music’s New Fire playlist and a heap of radio play from BBC Introducing and Soho Radio.
Latest release, Glorious EP, which landed in September, caught the ear of the BBC once again, with BBC Radio 1’s Phil Taggart and BBC 6 Music both getting behind it.
We check in with the pair as they batten down the hatches to work on their anticipated debut LP to learn more about their blissed-out sounds…
What was the first song you developed an obsession for?
N: I was obsessed with Prince’s Let’s Go Crazy. The intro is so wildly over the top and epic! What a way to start a tune.
K: Weirdly enough I’d have to go for another tune off Purple Rain, Darling Nikki. That vocal is outrageous.
What’s the first gig you went to?
N: I went to see The Magic Band with my dad, which was pretty memorable. My mum took me to the ballet every Christmas when I was a kid and I loved the orchestra as much as the dancing!
What’s the first instrument you ever got hold of?
K: Ever? Glockenspiel. I was probably two. I still have it in my studio.
What is your worst musical habit?
N: Conducting the beat while listening to songs… even if there is no one else in the room!
K: Changing songs late at night when my judgement isn’t always at its sharpest…
What’s the best piece of musical advice you’ve ever been given?
N: Trust your instinct!
Where do you discover new music?
N: I have found Spotify playlists really great for finding new music. You can end up down a rabbit hole… in a good way
What’s your favourite venue?
N: I love Shepherds Bush Empire so would love to play there. Perfect size, intimate but big atmosphere.
K: I’d have to say La Flèche d’Or in Paris. Done a couple of great sweaty gigs there.
Who is your current favourite band/artist?
N: We both love everything Bon Iver does!
K: Yeah, Bon Iver is a great; the way you can hear the progression through the albums – always recognisable but also evolving. I’m a huge fan of Frank Ocean right now. His music feels more like watching a movie than listening to a song, it’s so complete.
What inspirations outside of music impact your songwriting?
K: I’ve been finding analogue photography pretty inspiring lately, and there’s some great videos being made at the moment by people like Tyrone Lebon.
What track of yours best represents your sound?
N: Confession was one of the first songs we wrote together and really shows the connection and contrast between our backgrounds.
What’s next for you?
K: We’re doing some live shows and working on some new tracks for the album. Right now we’re just finishing off the video for Glorious which should be out in a couple of weeks.