Simple Machines has a sound that is hard to describe but easy to get into, one whose homespun origins and organic growth reflect the unique charm and diverse musical character of the group’s hometown Austin, Texas. In the spring of 2008, a casual jam session between then-college classmates John Edwards and Marino Petriccione made it clear the two had stumbled upon a very promising musical chemistry. A prolific series of songwriting sessions and a homemade demo would soon follow. Encouraged by enthusiastic responses and eager to develop their project into something more ambitious, the two recruited a handful of close friends to join on various instruments. As the newly dubbed Simple Machines outfit began rehearsing, the songs took on an entirely new feel, as each new member left his own distinctive mark on the group’s sound.
On the heels of several successful local shows, Simple Machines recorded their self-titled debut EP in the summer of 2010. The release’s four tracks present an impressive musical range: the swaggering R&B thump of “Where I When I” is a surprising contrast to the smooth electropop of opener “Cloud Cover”. Meanwhile, the soothing pulse of final track “Under Your Eyelid” arrives as a fitting comedown to the party-fueled dance floor grooves of “Fun”. Though the sonic landscape of the EP may be varied, the amiable vocals of John Edwards tie everything together, creating a sound that is as cohesive as it is diverse. Upon its recent release in the fall of 2010, the EP has already been enthusiastically received by several local Austin publications, prompting comparisons to such electropop luminaries as Hot Chip and Junior Boys.