Ducks! is comprised of Lani Bagley and Craig Schuftan, co-producing electronic music for dancing and dreaming since 2014. They make electronic music influenced by Disney and disco, combining synthesiser and vocal loops with found sounds and field recordings.
Formed in 2014, the Berlin-based Australians released their debut album ‘Ding Ding Ding’ in 2016, which was long-listed for the AMP (Australian Music Prize) later that year. Their aquatic-themed second album, 'Nak Nak' was released the following year, earning strong reviews and radio play in Europe, the USA and Australia.
Ducks!' first performance was in 2015, supporting Jarvis Cocker at the Berlin premiere of ‘Pulp: a film about love and supermarkets’, and since then they have performed live regularly around Europe and beyond.
Besides their album and single releases, Ducks! have made soundscapes for art exhibitions and art-world memoirs, mini-musical accompaniments for standup comedy shows, and soundtracked BBC Radio 4’s ‘Not a People Person’ featuring Sam Simmons.
Things That Were Lost is the new album by Ducks!, recorded at residencies at Blitz in Malta and Schmiede in Austria, and mixed to perfection in the duo's Tiny Lights studio in Berlin. Ducks!' third album sees the duo augmenting their usual sound-palette of battery powered keys, synths, loops and beats with a greater emphasis on acoustic sounds, including field recordings and stringed instruments, from Lani Bagley's bass playing to guest Rachel Maio's cello on 'Swerve'.
Moodwise, the album ranges from surrealist disco and weird house bangers to twinkly dreampop and ambient excursions. Connecting it all is a sense of incessant forward motion, reflecting the album's theme; the objects, ideas, people and creatures we leave behind on our way to wherever we're going.
All press photos by Harriet Richardson