“Jamie Leffler's fresh 'n' breathy pipes really tie the room together, and the group's well-crafted synth-pop tunes demand multiple listens.” - USA Today’s Pop Candy
“We don't know much about L.A. electro-pop duo DWNTWN besides the fact that we want to hear a lot more music from them.” - NYLON Magazine
"Chiming guitars, shimmering synths, dreamy boy/girl vocals and a euphoric chorus - this song will literally bring summer to you in February". - Shortlist Magazine
"...they know how to create atmospheric tunes that come with rich glistening pop sensibilities that make them stand out from the pack." - Arjan Writes
“Thanks to Jullian Records we now have the opportunity to share our music like never before. It feels great knowing we are apart of a team who all truly believe in our music, and are working everyday to expand our reach”, says Jamie Leffler of DWNTWN.
In celebration of the announcement, DWNTWN debuted the first track, “Till Tomorrow” from their forthcoming self-titled EP, on USA Today’s Pop Candy. “We need all the sunshine we can get right now, and DWNTWN has it in spades,” Pop Candy glows.
French tastemaker label, Kitsuné, first put DWNTWN on the map in 2012 after they debuted the band’s first single “See My Eyes”, and in 2013 they included a collaboration track (with Giraffage and Jhameel), “Move Me” on another compilation album. Both songs reached #2 on Hype Machine’s popular chart.
DWNTWN first formed in 2010 when Jamie Leffler and Robert Cepeda, both dealing with bummer breakups (Jamie, from Robert’s brother!), spent their weekends getting drunk and writing depressing folk songs, which they recorded onto their iPhone.
It wasn’t long before Jamie and Robert recovered from their heartbreak and transformed those early demos into full-fledged, indie-pop songs, which were all written and produced themselves.
While their last EP, The Red Room, was very synth heavy and reminiscent of the Drive soundtrack, their forthcoming EP has a lot more guitars and live instrumentation. Their new single “Til Tomorrow” feels more closely related to the Garden State soundtrack.
Over the years, the band has expanded live from a duo, into a trio, and now fills the stage as a foursome. Having just completed a successful LA residency with over 400 people in attendance each week, and having toured previously with some heavy hitters, Capital Cities and Gold Fields, DWNTWN is excited to get on the road again next month with El Ten Eleven. They will also be playing in select markets on both coasts during release week.
Tour Dates with El Ten Eleven:
3.12 @ Strummers, Fresno, CA
3.13 @ Belly Up Tavern, Solana Beach, CA
3.14 @ Constellation Room, Santa Ana, CA
3.15 @ SLO Brew, San Luis Obispo, CA