Led by Los Angeles-based brothers Andrew and Daniel Aged, Inc. began as Teen Inc. and debuted in 2010 with a self-released 7" single, "Fountains"/"Friends of the Night." Both songs carried a charming demo-sounding quality with the inspirations a peculiar amalgamation of early-'80s post-punk and mid- to late-'80s sophisti-pop and R&B.
That same year, the Aged brothers assisted Nite Jewel
on the title song for her Am I Real? EP. After dropping "Teen" from their name, the brothers signed to 4AD
, where they released a three-track EP, 3, in 2011. On that release, the late-'80s productions of Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis and Teddy Riley, as well as the contemporaneous recordings of Prince
, seemed to be the primary influences, albeit with a left-field twist. They smoothed out their sound for the 2013 album No World, also issued on 4AD
. Accomplished musicians, Andrew and Daniel have also recorded and toured with a number of high-profile artists, including Raphael Saadiq
, and Cee Lo Green
. ~ Andy Kellman, Rovi