British siblings Tom and Ed Russell both had successful careers in electronic music before they began collaborating as Overmono -- with Tom known for his hard-edged techno as Truss and Ed for his rave-instilled bass work as Tessela -- although there was a brief time the brothers performed together as the hardware-based techno duo TR//ER.
Deciding to reduce the influence of their individual work from the mix, the pair booked five days in an isolated cottage studio in Devon, U.K. to thrash out ideas and put together tracks for a possible release. Drawing inspiration from the pair's love of classic rave music and early-'90s trance and techno, the duo's unique mix of boundary-pushing electronica caught the ear of pioneering British dance label XL Recordings, which instantly signed the brothers. The debut EP, Arla, appeared in 2016, with its mix of big room, trance-inspired arpeggiated riffs and dusty rave breaks gaining DJ play and positive reviews. The follow-up, Arla II, appeared a few months later in early 2017 and was once again instilled with the feeling of early-'90s British pirate radio stations and illegal outdoor raves. ~ Rich Wilson, Rovi