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    Wed, 07 Sep 2011 10:20:35

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    LA male-female duo DWNTWN - "Downtown" sans vowels, in case that wasn't painfully obvious- have partnered with ARTISTdirect.com to premiere their video for the electro pop ditty "Hungry Hearts." We know, we heard Bruce Springsteen singing "Everybody's got a hu-hu-hungry heart" in our heads, too!

    The video for DWNTWN's "Hungry Hearts" is full of palm trees, parks, sun and so many of the visual elements that define the state of California and its prized city of Los Angeles.

    As for the song? It's light electro pop music, coupled with an airy clip that will transport you to the sun-splashed city from which the band hails!

    The video is just as hypnotic as the song itself and it makes for the perfect introduction to DWNTWN. Watch the duo sing in slow motion, walk and run through various LA locales and as they eat street fare! Mmmm. The video was directed by Jeremy Johnstone, and DWNTWN’s Midnight Ride mixtape is planned for release on September 28!

    Be sure to watch the video below and read our exclusive Q&A with DWNTWN's Jamie Leffler and Robert Cepeda…

    Where does the DWNTWN sound come from? Is it an alchemy of various styles?

    Jamie Leffler: I definitely think it is. We listen to a lot of varied styles from The Carter Family and Woody Guthrie to New Order and Crystal Castles, as well as everything in between. We take a lot of different influences.

    Where do songs usually start?

    Jamie Leffler: It usually starts with a melody. We like to work around a vocal melody. That trumps everything for us. If it's not a good vocal melody, that's not happening.

    Robert Cepeda: We'll come up with a quick melody on a guitar and vocal. We usually remake songs a couple of times.

    Jamie Leffler: We'll add more each time or take away if we've done too much to it.

    Robert Cepeda: Personally, it's a lot easier for me to work around a vocal for some reason. I can just add layers and layers.

    What's the story behind "Transition"?

    Jamie Leffler: I came up with the chorus melody for that a while ago. I was trying to make something that sound like "Y Control" from The Yeah Yeah Yeahs. I was in my car thinking, "That could be cool". I brought it to Robert, and he liked it. Then we went through our process of changing it a million times until it felt right. It's about an ex that didn't really break that well. I stuck around longer than I should have. Lyrically, I try not to think about what I'm writing too much because I'll step over myself. I end up being really honest about feelings I'm having or things that are actually going on in my life. I like to let it happen and not worry about it. If I started thinking about how much I'm actually telling people, I'd probably freak out [Laughs].

    Can you delve into "Hungry Hearts"?

    Jamie Leffler: We started singing a more mellow song on guitar, and it led into that chorus melody. We just came up with that. It has more of a sweeter melody. We went from there. Robert always makes it very electro. We take our folky songs and turn them into pop songs.

    How does it correlate to the video?

    Jamie Leffler: The song feels like it's in two parts. During the first half, we're in downtown Los Angeles during the day, eating tamales, and drinking coffee. As it turns to night, we're in this abandoned lot and…

    Robert Cepeda:
    Jamie Leffler: It matches up lyrically. I get my revenge.



    What was your favorite scene in "Hungry Hearts?"

    —Amy Sciarretto
    09.07.11



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