Ages and Ages weaves a compelling tapestry of choral sounds around insightful lyrics to create upbeat and inspiring cultural commentaries through their music. Founded in 2009, this choral indie pop band from Portland, Ore., consists of eight members who joined together to create joyful, meaningful songs that help people to break down barriers and support one another. With whimsical electronic and synthetic sounds accentuated by handclaps, tight harmonies and piercing falsetto vocals, Ages and Ages creates music reminiscent of Elton John’s soaring ballads with a contemporary twist. Their recently released 2019 album Me You We They follows their 2014 album Divisionary and 2016 album Something To Ruin. All three works are filled with heartfelt, catchy and danceable songs that keep audiences moving and grooving throughout their live performances.
Momentum began to build in 2011 when Ages and Ages was voted a top Portland band by Willamette Week and signed a deal with Partisan Records. The following year, “No Nostalgia”— the upbeat opener of their debut album—was featured on President Barack Obama’s 2012 campaign playlist. After the group’s memorable 2014 Tiny Desk performance, NPR praised Ages and Ages, explaining their sound as “the kind of music that can restore your faith in humanity.” The band has performed at festivals including SXSW (2011) and collaborated with artists such as Modest Mouse guitarist and lead singer Isaac Brock (2016).
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