Sonder

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Collaborative trio of producers Atu and Dpat with lead vocals by Baltimore-based singer Brent Faiyaz makes spacious, futuristic R&B.
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Made up of producers Atu and Dpat with lead vocals by Baltimore-based singer Brent Faiyaz, the collaborative entity Sonder took form in 2016, quickly crafting a slew of singles characterized by minimal beats, blurry multi-tracked vocal harmonies, and a fragmented, futuristic take on traditional R&B. The trio spent the fall of 2016 in a flurry of productivity, dropping singles "Victoria," "Undone," and "Sheath" in quick succession, all three songs notable in their seductive, low-lit production and extended running times, none under ten minutes long. Gaining momentum and buzz from this initial blast of particularly uniform tracks, Sonder followed up in the early months of 2017 with the seven-song EP Into, dialing back the song lengths and switching styles somewhat from the smokescreen haze of their early output, opting for a more direct sound that nodded to the production of '90s R&B innovators like Timbaland and Ginuwine. During this time, Faiyaz was also active releasing songs solo under the A.M. Paradox moniker.