New Audio: Los Angeles’ Tonoso Shares a Lush and Hypnotic New Banger

Rising, Los Angeles-based electronic duo Tonoso — Jacob Grabb and Paul Salerno — met in high school jazz band and started working together in earnest back in 2018. And since their formation, the duo have developed and honed a unique take on contemporary electronic music centered around a cinematic and compositional sensibility.

Interestingly, the Los Angeles-based electronic duo’s music can be heard in a number of different media, including the award-winning film Summertime and the hit video game Cyberpunk 2077. The duo hope to continue upon that momentum with the release of their full-length debut Artificial Dreams later this year.

In the meantime, the duo’s latest single, the lush “Hide” features a blend of organic instrumentation including live drumming, glistening, reverb-drenched guitar, a sinuous bass line paired with an ethereal and deliberately crafted and breezy production centered around driving, skittering beats, atmospheric synth arpeggios and chopped up vocals. The production is roomy enough for Jacob Grabb’s plaintive and yearning vocals to be interwoven within the lush mix — but while adding a brooding quality to the song.

“Our main intention was to create a driving syncopated rhythm section that
beautifully contrasts with luscious textures and hypnotic melodies,” the Los Angeles duo explain. “The lyrics, while seemingly dark and mysterious, are meant to be interpreted by the listener.”