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DWNTWN began as a collaboration between founding members Jamie Leffler and Robert Cepeda, but their synth-pop sounds quickly expanded into a four-piece, and the catchy melodies earned them a flurry of critical acclaim and spots on tour with Capital Cities and Gold Fields.

“The way we write music has developed a lot over the years,” Leffler said. “We always begin with a melody and an acoustic guitar, so the songs—at their core—are very inspired by folk music that we love, stuff like The Carter Family and Johnny Cash. What changes them into something else is the way Robert builds on them, layering instruments and electronics. Our process is trial and error, but mostly it’s try everything.”

The band’s forthcoming self-titled EP is set for release April 29. Listen to “Missing You,” a track from the EP, in the player above.



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