Like something from a Ridley Scott movie, with lush moody vocals, epic guitar sounds, and big analog synthesizers, Beautiful Machines blends cinematic synthwave, postrock and synth-pop for a visual and sound reminiscent of M83 meets Blade Runner or Depeche Mode meets Stranger Things. With echoes of retro futurism and flashes of AI-integrated art, the group is painting a picture of an era that does not yet exist.
After receiving an Independent Music Award for their debut album, the band’s follow up release Real Love caught the attention of Nylon saying "The band has a truly magnanimous sound that is as much a nod to the past as it is a reflection of the musical ingenuity of today." Recent release 2022 Control featured the band working alongside producer Ade Fenton (Gary Numan), was spun on BBC Radio 6, subsequently remixed by The New Division and had a video premiere in Clash Magazine describing the band “Gazing into the future, the group’s synth-enabled alt-pop is like mainlining a William Gibson novel, absorbing new ideas at every turn.”
Beautiful Machines supported OMD on tour in Germany 2022, performed at Infest 2022 in the UK, and headlined Rock the Planet 2022 a Space Party in Paris. The band has previously toured from North and Central America to Europe and Asia, with some notable performances at Northern Nights Music Festival, Island Life Festival, SXSW, UMS Festival, Boom Festival, Burning Man, and recently supporting Kraftwerk’s Wolfgang Flür. Each show is an unexpectedly emotional and curated multimedia experience. Beautiful Machines is Conrad Schuman (vocals, guitar, synths) and Stefanie Ku (Synths, backing vocals), and joined for live performances by Ralf Schumacher (electronic drums).
Their upcoming album Singularity I & 2 (2022-2023) has been noted as the 10 Most Anticipated Albums of 2022 by MP3s and NPCs. ‘Singularity’ is more than an album, it is an experience; a continually updating project that spans music, visuals, and performance, an act of synthesis that blends technology with art, the digital with the humane. On one level, it’s sparkling synth pop, in line with everyone from Giorgio Moroder to The Human League, Nine Inch Nails to Robyn. On another, it’s a total art experience, inspired by interstellar wanderings through the cosmic realms of Kraftwerk, ad Isaac Asimov.