With experimental leanings and nostalgic temptations, Eight Two's debut album, "You're Too Wonderful," is a painting in music. Creating thoughtful dance music infused with pulsing bass lines and his own ambient vocals, Eight Two takes the same principals of composition he applied with the brush into the studio. After years of painting in black and white, he breaks into color with layers of electro-folk melody and harmony. Although he doesn't emulate anyone, there are particular artists mentioned when people hear Eight Two, including David Bowie, Passion Pit, Modest Mouse and Julian Casablancas.
The CD features artwork by Eight Two, a 16-panel foldout with concealed stickers and a case made of recycled materials.
Born in England, Misha Bittleston moved to the U.S. to pursue a career as a visual artist. He became a painter, praised for his immaginative abstract works, and during this time he experienced auditory hallucinations that became the catalyst for his music. Eight Two began recording in the summer of 2008.
Influences: The Beatles, Ray Charles, Prince, Freddie Mercury, Sting, David Byrne.
Collaborators: David Muller - Drums (Yoko Ono, FischerSpooner)
Dave Ahl - Keyboards (Zozo Afrobeat, Vieux Farka Toure)
Toshi Yano - Synth (The Fiery Furnaces, Franz Ferdinand)
Jeremy Kay - Bass (Ambulance LTD, Ben Kweller)