Los Angeles natives Xander Carlson and David Parris (aka Forester) first began working together after they met at a high school party when they were just 16.
The two quickly bonded over their mutual interest in electronic music and distaste towards the overly-manicured urban lifestyle of West Los Angeles. In response, the two found a grounding escape amid natural places, including the Sierra Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. These places provided a necessary antidote to the shallow relationships, fake personalities, and constant distractions of city life. In many ways, the two found themselves caught between city and nature. Kerosene, the duo’s debut concept album, is an exploration of the collision of these two worlds. By combining synthetically produced sounds (city) and organically derived elements (nature), the two have crafted a unique sound that integrates indie acoustic folk elements with the energy and structure of modern popular music. By interweaving self-reflective lyrics in this style, they explore themes like lost love, the search for passion, and the healing properties of nature.