Happy Corners is Maria and Victor, a Venezuelan duo making minimalist music that’s wispy and dreamy and sometimes dark, and all via Gchat. The band formed when Maria, who is currently living in Buenos Aires, met Victor during a visit to Venezuela. Since then, the two have been writing songs by sending each other beats through Gchat. The band lists Sister Crayon, Zola Jesus, and Tamaryn as influences and has recently recorded a cover of Ariel Pink’s “Fright Night (Nevermore)” that you can download over at Pinglewood.
Their first single, the sparse “Diamante,” is a mystical experience, with the haunting vocals almost like an entrancing chant and the visceral percussion weaving in and out of the foreground. In fact, it’s really the percussion that is the most interesting and substantial part of the song, going from a quiet background to a light complement to the vocals to an aggressive focal point seamlessly and beautifully. The band is currently working on their first EP, which they expect to release in the spring.