A decade ago, if you asked a Portlander their favorite local band was and you heard, without a doubt, an indie-folk name. But Portland — in case you forgot — is changing. These days, with almost identical predictability, the answer to that question points instead to our city’s vibrant R&B and hip-hop scenes.
Now, ask a Portlander what comes to mind when they think of local hip-hop, and they’ll likely mention Eyrst. The label is practically synonymous with the hazy, sophisticated Portland hip-hop style, and the two artists we catch up with here are themselves emblematic of the label.
Vocalist Blossom and emcee Ripley Snell teamed up in equal collaboration with Eyrst’s resident beatsmith Neill Von Tally for their newest record: a collection of dreamy and oddly infectious downtempo hip-hop created under the influence of sleep deprivation (plus maybe a few psychedelics) and titled “Clout Atlas :: Dormiveglia.” Watch them perform songs from the EP face to face, and listen to the interview below as we talk with them about the local scene, their first experience recording together, and whether we need genre boundaries when we talk about music in 2018.
Audio recordings: Neill Von Tally
Mixes: Steven Kray
Video editor: Jarratt Taylor
Videographers: Jarratt Taylor, Jennifer Sowell
Still photography: Sararosa Davies
Executive Producer: David Christensen