If you’ve been frequenting JOVM over the past three weeks or so. you may recall that I’ve written a little bit about ACES, a Brooklyn-based electro pop duo comprised of Russ Flynn and Alexandra Stewart. The Brooklyn-based duo of Flynn and Stewart have quickly captured the attention of the blogosphere with a sound that pairs Flynn’s shimmering and atmospheric production with Stewart’s tender and breathy vocals, and soaring, anthemic hooks. The duo’s first single ““What Do You Think They’ll Say About Me,” was a song that managed to evoke sunset drives, slow-burning romance and of wisps of smoke gently dissipating into the ether— while just underneath the surface the song possesses an achingly desperate vulnerability and longing.
Flynn and Stewart’s latest single “I’m Already Gone” is an R&B leaning track that pairs eerily, atmospheric synths, skittering, four-on-the-floor drum programming with Stewart’s breathy, achingly tender vocals and brief blasts of guitar to craft a slow-burning, moody and tense ballad that’s one part old-fashioned torch song, and one part wishful and tender farewell. From both “I’m Already Gone” and “What Do You Think They’ll Say About Me,” the duo of Flynn and Stewart have quickly proven that they specialize in a gorgeously, spectral and delicate pop sound that sounds both remarkably contemporary and as though it could have been released in 1982.
Building on the buzz the duo have quickly built up, they recently released the official video for “I’m Already Gone.” The video begins with its protagonist presumably breaking up with a lover over the phone and driving around two-lane blacktop with the wind in her hair on a prototypically gorgeous California day. And in some way, the video manages to emphasize the sad yet cathartic sentiment at the core of the song.
The Brooklyn-based duo is embarking on a short tour this month with Swedish electro pop act Kate Boy, and it includes two NYC area dates. Check out the tour dates below.