Escort is a New York-based 17 member collective, founded by producers Eugene Cho and Daniel Balls, and fronted by the incredible vocalist Adeline Michele – and the band has received quite a lot of attention across the blogosphere for a sound that pays homage to 70s disco and funk but with extremely modern production flourishes; in some way. Escort can be described as disco for the modern age.
Several members of the band – namely, the production team of Cho and Balls, Adeline Michele and a few others were down in Asheville, NC for this year’s Moogfest, the then annual celebration of all things electronic and Bob Moog. And while the band was there, they were invited to record material at Moog Sound Labs, which as you can see is comprised of a room of synths, sequencers, samplers and other electronic ephemera. In this particular video, Escort reworks “Why Oh Why” with 16 tracks of MIDI instrumentation in Digital Performer, distributed to 16 rack mount Moog Slim Phatty and Minimoog Voyager analog synthesizers. If you’re a tech nerd, you’ve probably just came in your pants. But odds are what I just mentioned sounds like Greek to you, and that’s okay. In fact, it doesn’t matter what that exactly means but what you really need to know is this – the group turned a prototypical disco song into a futuristic and seductive synth-based song that sounds as though it owed a great debt to the great Giorgio Moroder, as the song manages to posses an urgent carnality.