Dirtwire, the Bay Area-based electro-acoustic duo of David Satori (Beats Antique) and Evan Fraser (Hamsa Lila, Stellamara), have just released their new EP, The Carrier, which is out now. Dirtwire’s self-described “…back porch Electro-cana” style is sure to inspire everyone from electronic dance gurus to traditional world and roots music toe-tappers. Their new EP will surely not disappoint.
The duo, which recently kicked off their West Coast tour are hitting up Denver, Seattle, Portland, Eugene, Arcata, Colusa, Sebastopol, Oakland and Sacramento in support of the release. Full details at thecarrier.dirtwire.net.
Their infectious performances feature both live instrumentation and electronic production. David Satori recently chatted with The Grateful Web about Dirwire’s dedication to using rare and seldom heard (at least to Western ears) instruments such as the Turkish jimbush and the Zimbabwean mbira fused with more familiar elements such as the piano and slide guitar. Two tracks from the new EP, Damn Rooster and The Well (featuring Rising Appalachia), have already garnered a combined 66,000 streams on Soundcloud. The Well touches on water conservation and the proliferation of drought, an important problem in their home state of California and continues in the long tradition of music as a tool to draw awareness to social and environmental issues. The Well is available for free download at thecarrier.dirtwire.net.
Dirtwire’s Fraser and Satori, both talented multi-instrumentalists, belong to the Bay Area’s luminescently vibrant electronic world music and dance community in many ways. Satori co-founded Beats Antique, a performance/music group, which has risen to tremendous popularity through festivals such as Burning Man. Fraser performs with global groove-infused bands Hamsa Lila and Stellamara. The duo met while studying world music composition at the California Institute of the Arts and released their first recording as Dirtwire in 2012.