USF (formerly Universal Studios Florida) is an ongoing collaboration between longtime friends and Seattle natives Jason Baxter and Kyle Hargus. Since their inception in 2008, USF has recorded and released over five hours-worth of hypnotic, genre-bent music, including three EPs, the seminal debut full-length Ocean Sunbirds, a record inspired by the writing of Jonathan Lethem (2011’s The Spray), and a myriad of remixes for an eclectic mix of artists.
SIMISM is their most adventurous release to date and the duo’s first for Ceremony: a pulsing, club-worthy collection of tracks that departs from their established, diaphanous sound towards something more immediate and direct. Songs like “Sibilant,” “Free ‘Til Midnight,” and “Outtamind” (which features soulful guest vocals from Fatha Green) reach for euphoric new highs and refute the increasingly impersonal, rapidly-digitizing world around us. Ultimately yearning for intimacy from the lonely heart of the concrete jungle.
USF has had the pleasure of playing with acts like Dan Deacon, Grimes, Oneohtrix Point Never, Purity Ring, Tanlines, White Rainbow, Born Gold, High Places, Foot Village, Mark McGuire, The Radio Dept., Pictureplane, and Teengirl Fantasy, and have performed at the Capitol Hill Block Party, City Arts Music Festival, and Stranger Genius Awards. One time, they played a laser dome.