Written and produced by canadian musician and graphic designer Greg Vickers, the heart of the Afternoons in Stereo sound lay rooted in the synthesis of digital-era production and a warm sense of genuine instrumentation. While in many cases the music is largely digital in it's most basic blueprint, it's alive with the feeling of human musicianship and the organic sensibilities of live recording. it's these elements, skillfully combined, that give Afternoons in Stereo it's distinct groove.
Jazz and funk play a large part in the afternoons in stereo sound, one where brassy horns and thumping bass flirt with breezy flutes and latin percussion. The music often possesses a strong undercurrent of refelective, laid-back stylings that extends the overall vibe beyond the dancefloor; shades of almost cinematic tones and textures appear in places, and the overall experience deepens with each listen.
To-date afternoons in stereo has independently released four albums. the debut, 'aural pleasure', came together in 2004. it's follow-up, 'leaves of brass', was released in 2006 and won the hamilton music award for best electronic album of that year and 'the city is sleeping', was released in the winter of 2008. All three records have made a strong impact on the underground music scene. The most recent record 'the silence between phrases' was released in summer 2010 from Timewarp Music, you can experience more of the afternoons in stereo sound by visiting afternoonsinstereo.com
As well as being a recording artist, afternoons in stereo hosts the popular radio program 'urban modernists'. The weekly broadcast focusses on new and classic jazz, fusion, funk, and breaks and aims to re-contextualize the old and the new, the organic and the digital, and seeks to find the trough-line that extends from the past to the future. 'urban modernists' can be heard live-to-air thursdays at 10:30 pm est on 93.3 cfmu fm (online at cfmu.mcmaster.ca) and rebroadcast tuesdays at 9:00 cet on lounge-radio.com.