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Houses' Dexter Tortoriello and Megan Messina hail from Chicago, but the roots of their dreamy electro-pop can be traced back to a potent three-month stay in Hawaii.

The duo met while working at an Apple store in Illinois in 2009, then moved to Hawaii to live off the land.Messina painted and Tortoriello worked on more solo music, including the avant noise project Rainbow Circuit. The duo returned to Chicago in April 2010, where Tortoriello continued working on music. In May, he posted the first Houses song, “Endless Spring,” and it was quickly championed by Pitchfork; by the end of the month, Tortoriello had signed to Lefse Records, home to the like-minded Neon Indian and How to Dress Well.

Eventually, the band relocated from Chicago to Los Angeles and built their sophomore album, A Quiet Darkness, on samples collected in abandoned roadside structures along California highways. The lush and sometimes ambient-leaning album was released in April of 2013.
From: Chicago, Illinois
Genre(s): Electro-pop, Ambient
Instrument(s): Vocals
Active From: 2010-present
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