Meet Cerulean, a new brother-sister duo out of Denver who engineer some of the crisper pop music I’ve heard out of Colorado in a while. Almost airy to the touch, Cerulean muster a sound that feels equally ominous and uplifting. It’s a beautiful concoction, one that I desperately needed to know more about. So instead of scratching my head over and over again (like I usually do), I decided to go straight to the source, asking lead-producer Elliott Baker to give me some much needed insight into their relatively new project. Here’s what he had to say:
Cerulean is comprised of you and your sister, correct? Have you two always gotten along, musically?
Ya, Cerulean is project that we started in March. In terms of musical taste, we’re similar. In terms of our individual styles, when it comes to making music, we are really different. But we think that that’s what makes our sound what it is.
Did you guys grow up in Denver? I feel like you came out of thin air.
We were both born in Denver but moved in the early 90′s. We were raised in Ohio until a year and a half ago, when our family moved back to Colorado. Around that time I also moved to Colorado, and Marilyn moved to London.
What does the word “cerulean” mean to you and this project alike?
Cerulean is a vivid blue, that we think matches the Colorado sky. The project is something that we’ve wanted to do for a while, but never had the time to. Moving back to CO initiated Cerulean. Like a phoenix from the ashes.
You guys have a very poppy, almost glacial sound. Is that what you’re aiming for?
“Future Wind” is definitely poppy and glacial but as of now its our only release. Each song we are working on could be defined by a different genre. We aren’t aiming for any sound in particular, but we do keep things cohesive.
Can you tell me a little bit about your latest single, “Future Wind”? Will we see it on your upcoming debut EP?
“Future Wind” was a collaboration that happened before we were Cerulean. We were really happy with what we made, but the response was overwhelming for our first single. It will be on our self-titled EP, released through Holy Underground, by the end of this month.
What can we expect out of your debut EP? What’s it called?
Our EP is self-titled, and has a varied sound to it. Not all the tracks have the same vibe as “Future Wind”. There are some dark synth leads, analog basses, and washed out drum kits. But we still maintain the ethereal dream pop sound that the single emanates.
And lastly, do you enjoy Denver? What’s next?
We love Denver. Even living in Ohio, we always made sure that people knew we were from here. As far as whats next, we have two shows in July, and we are starting work on a full length album.
And here’s a brand new tune from the duo called “Heart Stop”. It will be officially released on a TBA album soon: