Album Spotlight: System Exclusive – ‘System Exclusive’

Multi-genre electronic duo System Exclusive have released their debut, self-titled LP, but don’t go anywhere: You can listen to the project in full, right here at New Noise.

Ari Blaisdell—previously of Lower Self and the Beat Offs—co-exists among the driving beats of Matt Jones—previously of Male Gaze, Blasted Canyons, and continuing behind-the-scenes collaborator for Castle Face—as System Exclusive. Ari’s irony-free delivery is an ideal fit again Jones’ drum machines and makes for a very vibey and cool record.

They are a prime example of two very different tastes that just happen to taste just as good, if not better, together.

Blaisdell chats more about the new LP:

“We mostly wrote the album during the pandemic, a time when a lot of people were reflecting and self-examining. We were no different, taking stock of our personal and musical roots; I think that’s why the album is such a mashup of genres. We both have gone through so many musical phases, and it was a good time to comb through the decades and pull what we liked from all of them. Lyrically, I really let it all out and wrote from the heart; I processed a lot of things I glossed over for so many years. We recorded it three times in our backyard, and by the third try, we really felt we captured what we were trying to portray.”

The duo are also gearing up for a U.S. spring tour. Check out those dates below:

March 24 – Zebulon – Los Angeles CA
March 25 – The Quarry – Bisbee AZ
March 26th – Planet Marfa – Marfa TX
March 27 – The Far Out – Austin TX
March 30 – Saturn Bar – New Orleans LA
April 1 – DKDC – Memphis TN
April 2 – Hitt Records – Columbia MO
April 3 – Flamingo Lounge – Louisville KY
April 4 – The East RooM – Nashville TN
April 5 – Flicker Theatre – Athens GA
April 6 – The 529 – Atlanta GA
April 8 – The Crayola House – Harrisonburg VA
April 9 – Snug Harbor – Charlotte NC
April 11 – Squeezebox Records – Wilmington DE
April 12 – Union Pool – Brooklyn NY
April 13 – TV Eye – Ridgewood NY
April 14 – Little Rose Pub – Cleveland OH
April 15 – MOTR Pub – Cincinnati OH
April 16 – State Street Pub – Indianapolis IN
April 17 – Empty Bottle – Chicago IL
April 19 – X Ray Arcade – Milwaukee WI
April 20 – Dark Horse Art Bar – Madison WI
April 21 – Palmers Bar – Minneapolis, MN
April 22 – The Sydney – Omaha NE
April 25 – Hi-Dive – Denver CO
April 26 – The DLC – Salt Lake City UT

Listen to System Exclusive’s self-titled debut LP in full here:

For more from System Exclusive, find them on Instagram and Bandcamp.
Photo courtesy of Kristen Linney
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