Cheap Present was formed in 2013 as a collaborative project between Melbourne artists ENV and Luis CL serving as an outlet for the pair to experiment outside of their main musical acts and subsequent genre limitations.
Cheap Present’s music is mostly recorded live in the studio with minimal overdubs and draws sounds and influences from various sources. Using old keyboards and samples mixed with digital high definition sounds, the duo create a mixture of raw elements from the techno and dance tradition with a nod to classical melodies and industrial music. Each song features heavy drums to highlight the melodic playfulness of their bass, synth arrangements and humorous but expressive vocals and song titles.
The Anterior mini LP follows on from the duo’s Wet Garden cassette earlier in the year and presents a collection of material looking back from the group’s creation in 2013 to more recent output. The pair’s evolution is clearly on display on the this 12 inch, from initial jam based songs such as Waterproofyouth and Bergwasser, which have a spontaneous metallic edge, to new songs such as Rooftops, which display a more meticulous and mature approach to production.