New Audio: Sao Paulo Brazil’s Distant Topic Shares a Brooding New Bop

Sao Paulo-based synth pop duo Distant Topic — multi-instrumentalist and producer Brunno and vocalist Gabriel Pettenon — formed back in 2020. The Brazilian synth pop duo specialize in a sound that draws from New Order, Depeche Mode, Cold Cave, Metronomy, Tame Impala, LCD Soundsystem and others.

The duo’s nine-song, full-length debut, Unsolicited is slated for an April 8, 2022 release, and the album will feature their debut single “Countless Mistakes” and the album’s second and latest single, the brooding “Friend’s Room.” Centered around glistening and oscillating synths, skittering boom bap beats, twinkling keys, soaring strings and Pettenon’s plaintive vocals fed through a gentle amount of distortion, “Friend’s Room” brings JOVM mainstays Beacon and Depeche Mode to mind, while expressing an aching and desperate yearning.