Over the past four years, Iris Temple’s Quinn Barlow and Quinn Cochran have cemented themselves as important figures in Chicago music. Since moving from Kansas City, MO they have collaborated with other Chicago staples like Appleby, Banks the Genius and went on the road with Xavier Omar for his Pink Lightning Tour. Despite their Kansas City origins, Iris Temple were definitely products of the Chicago scene in their earlier years. You can feel the strong influence of Savemoney-era Chicago hip hop on their first two EPs, Duality and Vista.
But with the release of their third EP, The Ones We Love, Iris Temple’s sound has matured and they have come into their own. They no longer sound like a product of a scene, but something entirely new and unique. The Ones We Love fluidly moves from one genre to the next with a subtlety that leaves you questioning how you got from where you started. Tracks like “Real” remind me of the smooth guitar-based jazz/R&B coming out of London by artists like Tom Misch and Jordan Rakei, while “Capsize” and “DYFI?” veer more into the territory of alt-pop. But really, it’s no use trying to classify The Ones We Love into any genre because the EP excels most when it blurs and explores the boundaries between styles.
They will be celebrating the release of The Ones We Love at Subterranean on June 15th with Elton, who is fresh off of Noname’s Room 25 tour. Click here for details.