After a couple years of eardrum-hammering from the relentless-banger-addicted sect of the indie/dance crossover scene, acts like Aeroplane
come as a welcome shot of sweetness and light. Hailing originally from the somewhat unlikely region of Wallonia -- that's French-speaking Southern Belgium -- the duo of Stephan Fasano and Vito Deluca upend all the old pulsing-electro rules in favor of a sound more nuanced.
Yes, they've made most of their bones so far thanks to a number of remixes for white-hot bands like MGMT and Cut Copy. But they've done so without resorting to the old tack-vocals-on-a-chainsaw method. Aeroplane tracks, both those reworks and the pair's originals, are positively airy, floating in a far-away universe that passes through galaxies of disco, Italo, Balearic beats, and even a touch of '80s synth-pop. It's unabashedly sunny at times, but not sickeningly so. And while Aeroplane shows are epic -- as anyone who attended their last Vagabond gig during WMC will attest -- unlike the electro all-nighters of the recent past, they won't leave you feeling used and abused.
After the jump, check out Aeroplane's recent June 2001 chart mix, as well as an MP3 for the original track "We Crave Paris."
Aeroplane. Doors open 10 p.m. Friday, July 16. The Vagabond, 30 NE 14th St., Miami. Tickets cost $10 in advance from wantickets.com. Age 18 and up for women, 21 and up for men. 305-379-0508; thevagabondmiami.com