Sirius Satellite Radio

06/26/2008 - Vonyc Sessions (Area 38), Love Comes First (Styrafoamkid Remix)

06/19/2008 - Vonyc Sessions (Area 38), Love Comes First (Mandy Reid Rmx)

04/11/2008 - Vonyc Sessions (Area 38), Love Comes First (Carmen Rizzo vs. Kris Thomas Remix)

09/08/2007 - Chill, Love Comes First - Nr 1 on Top 40



107.3 Pulsar FM

02/18/2006 - DJ Fernando Gonzalez, 405

02/11/2006 - DJ Fernando Gonzalez, 405



96.9 Viking FM Radio, UK

01/15/2006 - Dan Morfitt, Om Mani



BBC 1, Asian Network

09/12/2006 - Friction, Om Mani-René Patrique RMX

09/07/2006 - Friction, Om Mani-René Patrique RMX

09/05/2006 - Friction, Om Mani-René Patrique RMX



KCRW

10/28/2007 - Sounds Eclectic with Nic Harcourt, South of Colorado



KPFK 90.7 FM Los Angeles, 98.7 FM Santa Barbara

09/04/2007 - The Dark Room, Lightbulb - Instrumental

09/02/2007 - The Dark Room, Lightbulb - Instrumental

01/21/2006 - The Dark Room, Om Mani-Instrumental

11/16/2005 - Beneath the Surface with Jeffy Quickley, Official A

08/17/2005 - Feminist Magazine, 405, Mute, Interview

08/08/2005 - Mood II Swing, Mute

08/01/2005 - Mood II Swing, Mute (debut airplay)



KRCL 90.9 FM radio free utah

09/16/2007 - Organized Chaos, Love Comes First



KSER 90.7 FM

09/24/2007 - Starlit Skies, Love Comes First (Carmen Rizzo vs. Kris Thomas Remix), Everything, Love Comes First + BAND INTERVIEW

08/20/2007 - Starlit Skies, Love Comes First

05/12/2006 - Starlit Skies, Mute

05/05/2006 - Starlit Skies, 405

04/14/2006 - Starlit Skies, Om Mani

03/15/2006 - Starlit Skies, 405, Om Mani, Mute-Johan Afterglow Coming to LA Mix



Pulse 1330.com

02/26/2006 - Listener Lounge, 405

02/25/2006 - Listener Lounge, 405

02/19/2006 - Listener Lounge, 405

02/18/2006 - Listener Lounge, 405

01/29/2006 - Listener Lounge, 405

01/28/2006 - Listener Lounge, 405



Radio 48

09/20/2007 - Universal Rhythms, Love Comes First - REGULAR ROTATION



Swedish National Radio

01/28/2006 - P3 Lab, Mute-Johan Afterglow Coming to LA Mix



Uppsala Studentradio 98.9 FM

09/12/2006 - Demo, Mute, 405, Om Mani, Robert Jax vs. Techno Squirrels, Live Interview

04/28/2006 - Demo, Mute



WUNH 91.3FM University of New Hampshire Durham, NH

02/27/2006 - Lord Bass, Om Mani

01/16/2006 - Lord Bass, Om Mani

11/22/2005 - Lord Bass, Official A

09/17/2005 - Lord Bass, Mute-the Puff Remix feat. Crisp



XM Satellite Radio

10/04/2007 - The R>A>D>A>R Report, Love Comes First

09/23/2005 - The R>A>D>A>R Report, Mute, 405



Online Radio and Podcasts

11/01/2007 Entranced.fm - All releases

10/31/2007 Highrize Worldpress - Love Comes First

10/25/2007 FridayNightDanceParty.com Episode 87 - Robert Jax vs. Techno Squirrels

10/08/2007 IndieFeed - Unbelievable

10/07/2007 Most People Are DJs Episode: MPAD#112 - Repeat 'Til Fade

10/06/2007 Cush Episode 64 - Repeat 'Til Fade

10/05/2007 FridayNightDanceParty.com Episode 82 - Music Is My Drug

09/17/2007 Insomnia Radio - Music Is My Drug

09/14/2007 Alooga Radio Episode #073 - Repeat 'Til Fade

09/11/2007 Alooga Radio DJ Ottics 8 Hour Night Mix 4 - Unbelievable

08/23/2007 KCRWmusic.com Today's Top Tune - Music Is My Drug

07/30/2007 Trancelab - Love Comes First (Carmen Rizzo vs. Kris Thomas Remix)

07/30/2007 IndieFeed - Love Comes First (Carmen Rizzo vs. Kris Thomas Remix)

05/13/2007 Zencast Episode 104 - Om Mani-Rene Patrique RMX

05/06/2007 Zencast Episode 103 - Om Mani-Rene Patrique RMX

04/29/2007 Zencast Episode 102 - Om Mani-Rene Patrique RMX

04/22/2007 Zencast Episode 101 - Om Mani-Rene Patrique RMX

04/20/2007 Paradise Radio - Mute

04/15/2007 Zencast Episode 100 - Om Mani-Rene Patrique RMX

03/29/2007 Queer Podcast Community Visitronix Radio #081 - Mute

03/29/2007 blubrry podcast - Mute

03/28/2007 Insomnia Radio SoCal Episode 9 - 405

03/20/2007 WDYN - Mute

03/19/2007 Techno-Prisoners - Robert Jax vs. Techno Squirrels

03/18/2007 Trance Elements - Robert Jax vs. Techno Squirrels

12/29/2006 Insomnia Radio SoCal New Year's Electronica - Om Mani

12/10/2006 Zencast Episode 82 - Om Mani

11/25/2006 Electrical Language Episode 49 - Mute

11/20/2006 PodcastCafe Episode 54 - Mute

10/27/2006 NoTalkRadio - Mute

10/17/2006 Broadcast Asylum - Mute, 405

10/14/2006 Edsmixedbag - Mute

10/11/2006 OPSEC Airsoft Radio - 405, Om Mani-René Patrique RMX

09/26/2006 Indie Feed Electronica Podcast - My Shrimplike Beat

09/13/2006 Com.lounge TV - Om Mani-René Patrique RMX

09/13/2006 IndieFeed Electronica Podcast - Robert Jax vs. Techno Squirrels

09/10/2006 Music Rewind - Mute

09/09/2006 Code.fm DJ Workshy-Tune of the week!!! - Om Mani-René Patrique RMX

09/06/2006 Burning20.com - Mute

08/09/2006 Techtronic Sound Epsiode 42 - Robert Jax vs. Techno Squirrels

07/15/2006 WBOR 91.1 FM - Mute, Om Mani, Interview

06/30/2006 Podrunner Engine Summer - 142 BPM - My Shrimplike Beat

06/09/2006 XStereomusic - My Shrimplike Beat

06/07/2006 Lady Pantheress Radio - Mute, 405, Mute-Johan Afterglow Coming to LA Mix, Mute-The Puff feat. Crisp Remix

02/27/2006 Trance Lab - Om Mani

02/16/2006 Electron-X - Mute

02/16/2006 Indie Feed Electronica Podcast - 405

01/18/2006 Trance Lab - Om Mani

01/16/2006 Next Big Hit - Om Mani

01/10/2006 Indie Feed Electronica Podcast - Om Mani

12/28/2005 Poke Park - Mute-The Puff Remix feat. Crisp

11/22/2005 Trance Lab - Official A

11/14/2005 IndieFeed Electronica Podcast - Official A

10/10/2005 Next Big Hit - Mute

09/28/2005 TBoy's Tea Time - Mute

09/25/2005 NYUB episode 23 - Mute-The Puff Remix feat. Crisp

09/23/2005 Ergot Radio - Mute

09/19/2005 Evan Schaffer's Legal Underground Episode 37 - Mute

09/18/2005 House of Gigs - Mute

09/17/2005 Trance-Lab - Mute-The Puff Remix feat. Crisp

09/16/2005 Electronic Periodic element 12 - Mute-The Puff Remix feat. Crisp

09/14/2005 IndieFeed Electronica Podcast - Mute

09/13/2005 Indie Airplay - Mute

09/01/2005 Noboto - Mute, Interview

01/22/2005 Unauthorized Radio - Mute, 405, Om Mani, Official A, My Shrimplike Beat, Mute-The Puff Remix feat. Crisp, Mute-Johan Afterglow Coming to LA Mix

01/05/2005 Quality Beats Radio DJ PK - 405

Remix Magazine

09/01/2007

"With a voice like a less processed Angela McCluskey (Telepopmusik) and a collaborator like talented engineer/programmer Ryan Harlin, Techno Squirrels engineer/programmer/singer Lisa Eriksson walks a sensitive yet confident line. The production is top-notch, but the real draws are the melodies that reside within the house beats. Whether it's the merry-go-round of "Repeat 'Til Fade", the thoughtful chill of "Everything" or the folkie feel of "Lightbulb," the vocals are pretty without being cloying and the instrumentals compliment the tunes to a T (for Techno, of course). 4/5 stars"

Ibiza-Voice.com

08/27/2007

"From the '50s pastiche cover art of their debut album Plastic Makes It Possible, to the note on the sleeve that the album is carbon neutral, electronic two piece Techno Squirrels initially push the button marked "irritating try-hard." Don't go jumping to conclusions though, as there's more to the story than kitsch gimmickry. Known to their friends as Lisa Eriksson and Ryan Harlin, the duo hail, respectively, from Sweden and Philadelphia. (You can tell, incidentally. Harlin is the picture of an amiable, beardy East Coast muso; Eriksson is a stunning Karen Elson look-alike with glacier blue eyes.) Unusually, this is their only concession to the stereotypical gender dynamic of electro, where the bloke does all the knob-twiddling stuff and the lady is just there to look pretty and sing a bit. Eriksson is an experienced producer in her own right, and they appear to have a far more vibrant relationship than a lot of the above mentioned sort of duos. That said, the music doesn't swerve too far out of the bounds of what might be described as "Jenny Wilson-lite" or "a less weird Bjork." But where I come from that's high praise, and they certainly deserve it. Lisa has a crisp, clear, cool voice. The sort of voice that, coupled with a haughty glance, will send men running for cover. A trifle dominatrix-y, but relieved by a dash of warmth and zest. There are a lot of slow, easy, dreamy tracks: Repeat Til Fade, What You Want and Ecstatic would all be serviceable backdrops for upmarket dinner parties. It's the zippier numbers, though, that really sink their hooks in. Music Is My Drug is built around a simple, utterly irresistible synth hook that defies you to not twitch in time. It's ripe for remixing by someone with a suitably dirty mind: Audiofly, or perhaps Tom Neville could turn it into a filthy dancefloor monster. The snarling electro of Hurt Me is equally ready to do damage to ears and synapses on a darkened room somewhere. (It's probably the most immediately accessible tune, actually, and deserves to be a single). Current first single honours go to the winning house-inflected Love Comes First, as remixed by Carmen Rizzo vs Kris Thomas. It's a bright, summery, high-stepping tune that will go down a treat with fans of easy-on-the-ears electronics. Like the rest of the album, it's not quite a knock out punch, but a very promising first strike."

Raves.com

08/26/2007

"intro by Kris Upjohn & Jennifer Warner interview questions by Jeremy Balius

The Techno Squirrels prowess is in their ability to create a near perfect mix of texture and melody, balancing the features of solid electronica. A mix of techno and trance, their releases shows off the masterful way in which the Squirrels create hooky, infectious beats, absorbing textures and compelling melodies. Energetic and vibrant, self-assured and accessible, The Techno Squirrels are definitely a band to watch. They seem to be building up a (well-deserved) following and one can only hope that they continue to produce good music to please the fans and the daily growth via new converts to the church of the Squirrels.
We couldn't pass on running an interview with this pair of techno wizards, because along with their fantastic name and music, but we were offered the below q&a from a writer from Australia via one of the Techno Squirrels herself! Read on to find out more...

The last time we spoke, you had just put out Mute on your own label. Please describe the growth process since Mute up to the release of your new album, "Plastic Makes It Possible". Growth in terms of musical ability, business awareness (in terms of releasing everything on your own), etc...

Ryan: Hopefully the growth process is audible on the album. There was tons of growth for myself as a songwriter, producer, and musician. I became a bit of a keyboardist in making this album. Previously, I knew just enough to plonk out a melody but now I'm throwing down organ licks on 'Easier Said.'

Lisa: I definitely have seen enormous growth in areas of my production. My drum programming is less experimental and more purpose-driven. As a business we've grown, too. We signed with the distributor Independent Online Digital Alliance.

When asked what pop music was, Boy George once answered "I just think that everything is pop." What is pop music to you?

Ryan: Boy George might have a tough time finding the 'pop' in Trout Mask Replica by Captain Beefheart... at least I do! I think, though, that pop music isn't a dirty word. I'd love to be thought of as pop music.

Lisa: Popular music is what a lot of people listen to. If many people listened to Arvo Pärt, then his music would be pop music even though he's a classical composer.

With both of you producing, is all the lyricism still with Lisa, or is Ryan doing some of the lyrical writing as well these days?

Ryan: Yeah! I'm writing lyrics now! Not all on my own. But Lisa let me in on the process for this album. She's very guarded about what she sings since it gets attached to her by virtue of it being her voice. But she asked for my input and editorial help, for sure. Usually she had more lyrics than would fit in the song and I'd help comp it down. One track, 'Everything', probably has my biggest finger print on it, lyrically.

Lisa: Ryan is a really good writer. I really appreciate his help. It feels like it's a burden lifted off me that I'm not completely alone in the lyric writing. However, it still needs to be the particular idea or feeling that I want to express because otherwise it's very hard for me to sing it.

How are you two getting on in LA now that it's been a few years there? What re some aspects of LA you love? What can't you stand?

Ryan: What I love about LA is that everyone comes through here. If you want to see live music or work with a producer, chances are they're either in LA permanently or coming to LA sometime soon. What can't I stand? LA's freeway system!

Lisa: The sun is unbeatable and I still love the mountains. The palm trees and exotic vegetation would make it paradise if it weren't for the environmental problems and sprawl.

The album is called "Plastic Makes It Possible". Care to elaborate on the name?

Ryan: The title, though sounding like a positive, is actually a sad admission. It's more like an ironic version of "Plastic is Depressingly Necessary to Make this Album." From the CD itself all the way back to the computers that make the music, plastic has been necessary for every step. So Lisa and I realized how dependent we are on this gunk we hate so much for its damage to the earth and ourselves.

Lisa: Plastic is one of the toxins that have been shown to cause Endometriosis, which is an illness I suffer from. Some of the lyrical content on this album comes directly from my experience with Endometriosis. Knowing how many people suffer from illnesses that may be directly or indirectly caused by petro-chemical plastics, I wanted to bring some focus on that. The cover and title is a reference to the naive 1950s mindset of domesticity and "better living through chemicals." But on the inside artwork we put California's official cancer warning that appears on most plastic products these days.

What are some underlying themes resonating through the album?

Lisa: For me, personally, it's self-expression and self-healing. 'Music Is My Drug' is a self-expression track. 'Everything' is a definite self-healing track. But those themes also pop up in 'Repeat til Fade', 'Unbelievable', 'Easier Said', and probably every other track in one way or another.

The cover photo has this real retro 50's feel to it. Is that tongue in cheek?

Ryan: Totally. Once we had the title of the album, we wanted something that reflected the ironic idealism of the "Plastic Age." We started looking around at 50s advertising and came upon an ad from General Electric where a wife was getting a toaster as a gift. From a feministic perspective we loved the idea of the 'wife' in our recreation getting something empowering like a 606 drum machine. It challenges the 1950s "be seen and not heard" quiet house-wife idea with a new 'be heard... really loud' idea.

Lisa: I love subversive messages through simple images. We both read Adbusters magazine and I love the 1950s aesthetic. So when we hit upon this title and idea, it just seemed natural. Being in LA, we found a vintage store that had EVERYTHING we needed... totally authentic and original... for 15 dollars!

I've seen some footage of you on youtube performing live. Please describe your live set up. You both produce, but Lisa sings. Does that mean Ryan primarily focuses on the programming when live, while Lisa sings?

Ryan: I do a lot of sample triggering and filter adjustment, etc. Electronica live is a different beast than playing with a band because you're usually triggering and controlling pre-programmed material.

Lisa: Singing live is a conflict for me because, on the one hand, I feel the audience want to see me singing live but I can't focus on singing and triggering things at the same time. So I can only do that when I'm not singing. The full video that our youtube clip comes from has more of me in the technical role.

What is your live set up?

Lisa: Two laptops running Reason software, Ableton Live software, a drum trigger pad, a few controller keyboards, and that's it.

Ryan: We also, whenever possible, like to include a projection system behind us. It gives people something to watch if we get boring!

Traditionally, dance music is for the 12" and DJs play it out. Why is it important for you to present your music in a live setting?

Ryan: Maybe I'm selfish but if a DJ plays my music live, I don't get to see the audience enjoying the track. For all the advances of the internet, playing live is still one of the best ways to connect with your audience and grow your audience.

Lisa: A lot of people on myspace and elsewhere ask for it and show an interest in seeing us live. There's a few of us in LA who are making this sort of electronic performance music and we're trying to show club owners and clubbers alike that a live act can fit into a club setting between two DJ sets just fine.

Your house is on fire. You can take one thing. What?

Ryan: You know we had this discussion in the studio the other day! I said "nothing." I mean, stuff is just stuff. Sentimentality aside, I'd see it as an opportunity to scale down. lol

Lisa: My handbag... how horribly gender stereotypical of me. But the reason is actually because I couldn't handle the thought of going to the immigration authority to apply for a replacement green card! I'd consider torture over that.

Any thoughts on touring? If yes, when and where?

Ryan: Once the album's out, we're taking it on the road. We're excited to get out to places that desperately want electronic music but don't have it and places that have so much that we'd fit right in.

I heard you've recently made your soundtrack debut on a tv show in Canada. How did that come about?

Lisa: We got a placement in a show called Regenesis, which is a CSI-type show up there. It came about largely through my contact with music supervisors, who are basically the gate-keepers for music in TV and film. They liked the track and contacted us.

What do you get up to when you're absolutely sick of listening to music?

Ryan: I go biking. I load my iPod up with talk-radio and go for a ride. I see other people running or biking with headphones on and can only imagine that their listening to some sort of pump-up mix. I'm listening to policy wonks debate foreign policy. lol

Lisa: I go to yoga class. A good power-yoga class is meditation in movement. It's the best way for me to clear my mind.

Where's the best place to eat in LA?

Ryan: You know, a friend of mine was just going on and on about the Glendale Hospital cafeteria. It sounds weird, but apparently they have great food!

Lisa: In Los Angeles the best place to eat is just a short 385 mile drive north to Scala's Bistro in San Francisco or Snow Garden, an unassuming but killer Chinese restaurant up there.

What is the Techno Squirrels message to the world?

Lisa: There's no conscious message while I'm writing. However, the end result is songs about self-healing, personal growth, and overcoming addictions. So in a sense, there is probably a message of striving for wholeness and balance. Instead of "Plastic Makes it Possible," it'd be "Healing is Possible, Happiness is Possible, and Music is Possible."

Ryan: "Plastic Makes it Possible", out August 21st, and available for pre-order on our website now!!! ;

Thanks to Jeremy Balius of Australia for these interview questions - and to the Techno Squirrels for their answers!"

Tasty Magazine

08/25/2007

"Techno Squirrels - Plastic Makes it Possible (Rave Police) Despite having recently personally experienced a rather traumatic vegetable patch-uprooted-by bushy-tailed vermin phenomenon I cannot help but look upon this debut album by Techno Squirrels favourably. They have a curiously under-stated version of ambient-techno that holds a cinematic quality which would surely move seamlessly to soundtracks at some point. The opening of the album itself is a microcosm of this approach. 'Repeat 'til fade' is a gentle ballad type affair unusually used to start a long player but with great effect. Production is to the nth degree on every track but not in a way which leaves the music sounding dry and mechanical. Every part is considered and every note feels like it matters. The overall effect is really quite odd. I've probably listened to this album more than any other over the last few weeks yet still can't really pick out any obvious stand-out tracks. As much as the upbeat 'Hurt Me' pulls the album to the dancier spectrum, the spacey 'Ecstatic' is equally as uplifting but in a different way. But there is definitely an unidentifiable sense of purpose and an enigmatic charm to 'Plastic Makes it Possible' that will keep it on my CD player for a few more weeks. -SB"

ReGen Magazine

08/25/2007

"Soothing, multi-layered, accessible electronica that will reveal new things with each listen. On Plastic Makes It Possible, Lisa Eriksson's and Ryan Harlin's flawless production coupled with Eriksson's smooth-as-butter vocals are as infectious as they are interesting. The album is like a good book: you'll find a new secret each time you listen. The electro beats and synths combine with strings and piano to find a mix that will entice even the most skeptical of listeners - their music is strongly influenced by the trance/techno scene, but has an accessible pop sound. After a rather unremarkable opening track, "Unbelievable" gets things started in the right direction with moving synth bass and soothing keys floating in and out of Eriksson's vocals. It doesn't get much better than "Ecstatic," a multi-layered track with a strong melancholy atmosphere that boasts beautiful strings and synths that bring the song to an epic rise. "Easier Said" features drums and rock organ that give it a refreshingly old-school feel. Though Techno Squirrels' lyrics are typically upbeat, on "Hurt Me" (a return to the rave sound), Eriksson sings of an abusive relationship; the song also has an oddly Middle Eastern feel. "Everything" is repetitive and too flowery, but "South of Colorado" signals a return to dark electronica in all its glory, with each instrument coming into the song with masterful timing. The song thrives on a driving beat and layered melody, and shows the combined focus of each songwriter paying off. "Lightbulb" is a beautiful acoustic track rendered more effective by its stripped down feel, and though an odd way to end the record, its enough to make one wish that they might incorporate more guitar into the rest of the music. Slickly produced and for the most part well written, this would be a good acquisition for anyone who likes accessible electronica. By: Nathan Knapp"

UNT

08/25/2007

"Knådade preferenser

ELEKTRONISK POP. Samarbetet mellan den svenska sångerskan Lisa Eriksson och amerikanen Ryan Harlin har resulterat i ett debutalbum med många vindlande vägar och rännilar som far åt alla möjliga håll i det elektroniska musiklandskapet.

Det hörs att duon har knådat och modellerat sina musikaliska preferenser under hela 90-talet, på gott och ont. Giftiga acidläten och mekaniska, taniga virveltrumljud inger sköna retrokänslor i de föga uppdaterade upptempospåren. Ibland kränger det till och ekorrarna störtar in i någon sorts atmosfärisk new age-katedral full av gäspningar. Lyckligtvis lämnar de den fort och när de tar upp poptråden igen kommer leendet. Lisa Eriksson har en svår uppgift som vokal stigfinnare i snårskogen, men hon lyckas väl. Och musiken är tidvis vacker som en genial ekvation, sin rastlösa riktningslöshet till trots.

"

Raves.com

08/21/2007

"The Techno Squirrels have finally issued their debut full-length. But this certainly isn't their first splash in the realm of electronica. A series of EPs and such were the lead-up to "Plastic Makes It Possible." Thus the band was able to build a fan base and make a name for itself, establishing a ready-made market for the full-length debut reviewed here. The Squirrels is a two person act - Lisa Eriksson of Sweden and Ryan Harlin of the U.S. - and together they bring artistry and production smarts to the table. The Techno Squirrels have crafted a sound that is appealing to electronica fans but also boasts interest for mainstream listeners as well as those who like their music to have a little intelligence. The group isn't afraid to experiment, seeking out some originality, and strives hard to avoid sounds and textures that may come off as dated down the road. In other words, Techno Squirrels are dedicated to their craft. The music mixes dance music energy, a downtempo chill factor and a pop infusion. The group has achieved an important quality for any musical act - that of possessing a sound that is its own but without having sunk into a creative rut. Chillout flavors, perky industrial synth pop, hints of electro, touches of trance and house, even a dash of funk/jazz and an experimental willingness to try different things all inform the proceedings on "Plastic Makes It Possible." Eclecticism under an umbrella personality keep the CD fresh from track to track and keep the listener on his toes. It's a strong debut and, while not perfect, certainly bodes well for the group's artistic career. Four stars"

Sonic Curiosity

08/20/2007

"This CD from 2007 offers 59 minutes of accessible tuneage. Techno Squirrels is: Lisa Eriksson (on vocals, drums, guitar and bass), and Ryan Harlin (on percussion, piano, strings and vocals), with additional guitar by Mikael Eriksson. This stuff is actually electro-pop with no nostalgic intentions. Modern tuneage with a strong predilection for electronic embellishments. Sinuous percussion, snaky guitar, sturdy basslines, and Eriksson's angelic vocals. The electronics are both keyboard driven and effects generated by rogue diodes. Slippery riffs glide on ice, punctuated by crystalline notes whose pulsations shimmer with luster. Deep tones are applied to achieve dramatic emphasis. The rhythms are snappy and engaging, but relatively subdued. Hardly understated, but definitely not dictatorial. They contribute instead of dominate, enhancing rather than drowning the tunes with overbearing thunder. While guitar and bass are present, their presence is often immersed in the mix. Strings play a more prominent role in some songs, lending an airy cerebral disposition. Eriksson's voice possesses a heavenly quality that is sweetly mature. No pointless candification here. Her range embodies capable emotion while leaving the lyrics clear of sappiness or maudlin introspection. The intent of her messages is entertainment, not soul-searching. These compositions stem from earnest observations of modern life, mainly dealing with the personal realm rather than social statements. The music is solid and appealing, providing tasty distractions for dance sensibilities. Also featured on this CD are remixes by Sean McGhee and Carmen Rizzo vs. Kris Thomas. by Matt Howarth"

whisperinandhollerin.com

08/18/2007

"The work of Lisa Eriksson (drums/guitar/bass/vocals) and Ryan Harlin (percussion/piano/strings/vocals), the CD comes with a California State health warning. No, this doesn't seem to refer to the audio content (a kind of New-Wave take on vocal house/trance), but to the fact that small children could choke on the packaging - don't worry guys - I took it straight to me mam, who opened it for me! She said that trees don't die because of the 'Carbon Neutral' properties, and I said that trees don't listen to CD's do they? She told me off for being cheeky. Emptiness and restrospective glances at the past combine as house opener 'Repeat 'Til Fade' stutters to a spitting, crackling conclusion, before the layered trance of 'Unbelievable' kicks in. 'Ecstatic' continues the thousand-yard stare. At once soothing and wistful, there's a cling-to-life ethic taking shape already, along with a melancholic outlook. According to the lyrical content, it's 'already too late' but that must be a self-reflexive reference to the timing of this release, which comes seventeen or so years after 'The Secret Life Of Trance' and all the other crustie-dance stuff that spearheaded the commercial dance revolution. Kicking it up a notch, 'Music Is My Drug' speaks to us all, whether your penchant is for fractured disco-freak head mashing beat driven house or not. Just as "Love is...", so "Music Is...". Makes sense to me anyway. Eriksson's vocals glide over the bleeping, warped fractals that bubble out of the speakers. Half-abstract, she sings of habits that cannot be broken, fate/inherited traits and irreversible processes. Tree-hugging, yes - but also urgent, compulsive and from 'within you'. 'Hurt Me' skids and slides across the head as it pumps in time with your heartbeat, the relentless pulse defying frequencies until surrender to the beat is the only possible outcome. Beats broken into a million pieces by the sub-bass, the toffee-hammering carries on with a nod and a smile to the sado-masochistic intent held within. 'South Of Colorado' is another head-spinning journey through inner cyberspace. Skipping and spluttering, the momentum gathers nicely, and you could lose your head in this. You can't measure it all in beats-per-minute though. 'Lightbulb' takes its shape from a guitar arpeggio, and 'Everything' is almost acapella, save for the understated synth/keys. TECHNO SQUIRRELS have hoarded some strange techniques from my own dancefloor childhood, and represented them with a sense of sadness - what's gone is gone, I guess. That seems to be the message, although the dance factory quality control would pass most of what's on offer here. "

CDTimes

08/14/2007

"Swedish-American duo Techno Squirrels are only half what you'd expect from the name. Their debut album Plastic Makes It Possible is generally more electronic pop than hardcore dance. And it's when they stick to the lower tempo stuff that they yield the best results. Vocalist Lisa Eriksson does dreamy well. The mix of strings and squidgy beats on Ecstatic are, at a slight stretch of the imagination, reminiscent of Homogenic period Bjork, while Lightbulb finds her backed just by acoustic guitar. Unbelievable sticks with the dreamy vocal, but successfully ups the BPM to briefly bring to mind Blue Pearl's Naked in the Rain. Unfortunately, at the harder end of the spectrum, they are less convincing. Music is my Drug (groan) and Hurt Me seemingly exist in a bubble where people still go to "raves", sounding like very average early to mid 90s dance tunes. During the latter, I half expected a shout of "Encore une fois!" Although Techno Squirrels do have a certain gift for melody and hooks, Plastic Makes It Possible feels somewhat disposable and dated."

Collected Sounds

08/12/2007

"I know I'd like these guys just by the cover art. Quirky, creative and fun. That's just what they are. They are techno as one might imagine, but they're so much more. Firstly, lead singer Lisa Erriksson has a mesmerizing voice. It's perfect for these songs. According to the CD case, the only other band member is Ryan Harlin. Is it possible that all this sound comes from two people? I'm amazed by the amount of sound people can make now. But I guess one look at Imogen Heap should prove it's possible. Still, really really great. The songs are very well written. They're interesting and intricate and don't go exactly where expected which is something I admire. If you need bands to compare it to, think Sleepthief, KinZaZa (anyone remember them?) and maybe a little Tresspassers William, though a little edgier. But I really wouldn't say they sound like any of those bands. These guys are pretty unique. But if you like those bands, you'll likely get into these guys. This is definitely a good headphones record. But it's also good for those quiet nights at home with a loved one and a glass or four of wine."

Performer Magazine West Coast

08/01/2007

"In the world of increasingly dirty electronica, Los Angeles duo Techno Squirrels comes along with a refreshingly clean debut album, Plastic Makes It Possible. Techno Squirrels use floaty, effortless vocals layered over fluid trance synths to bring about more than just dancing. Although the album could be generally classified as dance-pop, the mood of each of the 13 tracks varies greatly. Opener "Repeat 'til Fade" is a beautiful down-tempo track with serene vocals; meanwhile, the following track, "Unbelievable," demonstrates how the same easy vocals work just as well over a more up-tempo, catchy beat. The result either way is the perfect marriage of Swedish-born Lisa Eriksson's voice/production/programming work with Ryan Harlin's tightly produced technical work. From song to song, the Squirrels balance their attraction to straightforward, catchy melodies with a willingness to experiment. "Music is My Drug" repeats the energized hook - "Music is my drug, makes me want to stay alive" - over bouncy, rave-ready techno. Reflecting Eriksson's art-rock background, "Hurt Me" is a house track with a steady-throbbing beat and vocals that rise, warping into something playfully incomprehensible. "South of Colorado," the only song missing Eriksson's vocals, is as dirty as the album gets. Harlin and Eriksson constructs the song over heavier drums and edgy chords, eventually adding tweaked-out instrumentals that move teasingly from note to note. The album's single, "Love Comes First," features Eriksson floating through long, emotive notes over a subtle acid-lounge background, like something Hotel Costes might feature on one of their compilation CDs. The highly infectious Carmen Rizzo vs. Kris Thomas Remix of this song (one of the two remixes included at the end of the disc) begs the listener to play it on repeat. With such a contagious, dance-friendly line-up, there is more than one track on this album bound to get stuck in people's heads. (Rave Police Records)"

Side-Line.com

07/24/2007

"Techno Squirrels Plastic Makes It Possible (cd Rave Police Records) Lisa Eriksson (Sweden) and Ryan Harlin (USA) are TS. They here deliver their debut-cd and the least I can say is that I've been seduced from start till end! First there's the originality of this band, combining the most danceable elements of the electroclash with some atmospheric sounds reminding me to the past few years of Madonna. Next they seem to add a few more influences they've in mind going from psychedelic organ parts ("Easier said") to lounge ("Loves comes first") to pure ballad parts ("South of Colorado"). The result is coherent and refreshing while delivering some pretty cool dance pieces like "Unbelievable", the harder "Music is my drug" and the "Carmen Rizzo vs. Kris Thomas Remix" of "Love Comes First". The cover reminds me a bit to Welle:Erdball and looks like a wink to their 80s influences. This is definitely a band to discover and, which already got an amazing response! www.ravepolice.com (DP:8)DP."

Metica

07/24/2007

"Svensk-amerikanska duon Techno Squirrels debutplatta är allt utom lätt att beskriva. Det enklaste vore att helt enkelt kalla musiken för snäll elektronisk danspop, men frågan är ifall inte det är att göra det lite för lätt för sig. För det mesta tar sig musiken fram likt mjuka böljor. En fyllig ljudbild som innehåller allt från elektronicans knastrande effekter till ljudet av en cello skapar små sagolandskap där sångerskan, producenten och electro musikern Lisa Eriksson rör sig likt en älva. Så här skulle Enya kunnat låta om hon givit sig i lag med exempelvis Paul Oakenfold eller ifall Nåid, Björk och Madonna fick i uppdrag att göra musik tillsammans. Men även om 'Plastic Makes it Possible' är extremt kompetent så faller den mig inte helt i smaken. Ibland saknar jag låtar som griper tag i, och ruskar om mig. Istället känns plattan till största delen som bakgrundsmusik att softa till. Hade det inte varit för Erikssons sagolika sång hade jag nog dissat skivan helt. Ändå är det de stillsamma låtarna jag gillar bäst. När ekorrarna släpper loss dansdrivet förlorar de helt sin karaktär och blir i det närmaste intetsägande. Undantaget är 'Love Comes First (Carmen Rizzo Vs Kris Thomas Remix)', men då handlar det också om en skickligt upphottad låt som är bra redan från början. 'Plastic Makes it Possible' har ett par bra bakgrundsspår, men inte så mycket mer än så. Jag lägger hellre min tid och uppmärksamhet på annat. Låttips: 'Repeat 'til Fade', 'Ecstatic', 'Love comes First', 'Lightbulb' och 'Love comes First (Carmen Rizzo Vs Kris Thomas Remix)'."

Chain D.L.K

07/18/2007

"In balance between synthpop and techno pop, Techno Squirrels (the duo formed by Lisa Eriksson and Ryan Harlin) are presenting their first full length titled PLASTIC MAKES IT POSSIBLE. Containing eleven new tunes plus two remixes (none of these tracks are coming from their previous two E.P.s) the album gives us an opportunity to check the Techno Squirrels music in full. As for their previous releases what pop up immediately to a first listening is their ability to mix pop and dance attitude (on one of my previous reviews I named Madonna's "Ray of light" and I must say that I have to confirm that impression and I'd add also another Madonna's tune: "Beautiful stranger") giving to the tracks a remix feeling which is a double edged weapon because it could be a good chance to show one's producing ability but it could also ruin the spontaneity of the pop tune. On tracks like "What you want" the duo play with the ambient dance atmospheres a la Bjork (and Lisa's vocal ability is good at this like at other styles) touching the other edge without being cut. The album span through electronic ballads like "Love comes first", "Everything" or "Lightbulb" to electro dance tune like "Hurt me" or "South Colorado". If you love dance atmospheres but you also are into mainstream pop the Techno Squirrels could be a good alternative."

MI2N Music Industry News Network

03/13/2007

"New Internet Radio Fees Raise Costs And Eyebrows BURBANK, CA - Following the recent announcement by the U.S. Copyright Royalty Board regarding the establishment of new internet radio royalty fees and planned rate escalations through 2010, broadcasters and musicians alike are scattering to find safe ways to continue doing business as usual. The new rules authorize SoundExchange, a royalty fee collection agency created by the Recording Industry Association of America, to collect fees for streaming online musical content. These fees, coupled with SoundExchange's ability under law to collect retroactively, are causing controversy across the internet radio community. In Los Angeles, for bands like electronic duo Techno Squirrels, the new royalty collection service is not being welcomed as one might expect. Techno Squirrels member, Lisa Eriksson, explains. "It seems like SoundExchange is counting on musicians seeing dollars coming in and ignoring where those dollars are coming from... but these dollars are coming from largely non-commercial and independent streaming radio stations that have embraced our music and made our growth as a band possible." The music industry has undergone radical transformation since the year 2000. While online music sharing technologies have cut into record industry profits, major record labels have often taken a litigious approach to repairing the damage. Critics charge collecting money from independent internet "webcasters" through SoundExchange is the latest strategy by members of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), a trade group representing some of the biggest record labels in the United States. The problem for bands like the Techno Squirrels is that SoundExchange is not an optional program. Unlike traditional radio collection agencies like ASCAP and BMI, if a band declines to join SoundExchange it does nothing to stop SoundExchange from collecting royalties on that band's behalf and withholding those royalties. Though internet streaming radio is still a small niche market for early adopters, many people are making their dissatisfaction with the new SoundExchange collection rates well known across the internet. Independent broadcasters feel the new rates would easily bankrupt even a modest webcaster. The rules are being seen as unfair and extraordinary when compared to commercial radio stations. Ryan Harlin of Techno Squirrels points out, "They are not counting each play a song gets. They're counting each person who hears the song. So if you have 500 people streaming your radio station, they charge you for 500 plays. Under their system, the bigger your station becomes the worst off you are!" Bands and webcasters alike have begun using the only exemption provided for by the new rules. Under the rules, if a station and a band enter into a "Statutory Licensing Agreement" SoundExchange is unable to collect royalties regardless of how many times a song was played and how many people heard it. "It sounds big and legal," says Harlin, "but something as simple as an email from the band to the station authorizing them to play their music without cost will do."

The SoCal Sessions #3 - New Year's Electronica

12/29/2006

"After last week's session we do a quick 180 and bring in New Years with an all-electronica celebration. In honor of all the DJ driven events that occur every year-end all the way from Los Angeles to Las Vegas, we bring you the following five high energy artists to end out 2006 with a bang. Zeroleen and Noisemaker bring us a big beat flavored ska/dance mix from Venice, CA, while Los Angeles based Glycerin and Techno Squirrels (w/ Robert Jax) conjure up vocal ruminations of Ofra Haza with their own unique tracks. DJ Stoltz generously brings us his version of Auld Lang Syne to top out the night, and HBA keeps things going until dawn in Nueva York with their brand new mix of "Music Don't Stop" by Nebulae. So, if you are heading to Vegas, New York, Giant Maximus, Times Square West @ Paramount Studios, Together As One @ the LA Sports Arena, Big Night San Diego, enjoying a mellow night of twirling knobs at home, or hell...even the REO Speedwagon sit-down in Agoura Hills, this one is for you."

Sonic Curiosity

11/01/2006

"Mixing Hindu beats with Western rhythms, this music bridges contrasting cultures, but lands squarely dead center in the spotlight in the Los Angeles dance clubs. The electronics flow with liquid disposition peppered with surging pulsations. Ricocheting riffs thicken until the delight is inescapable. Lisa's seductive vocals conjure midnight sun qualities with urban demeanor, producing dreamy crooning that is hypnotic and engaging. This EP features the basic title track, three remixes (by Rene Patrique, Emotiquon, and Robert Jax) and a bonus track that is an icy gem of slippery rave urgency."

Raves.com

10/01/2006

"The Techno Squirrels display their prowess, putting on view the band's ability to create a near perfect mix of texture and melody, balancing the features of solid electronica very well. A mix of techno and trance tunes, "Om Mani" shows off the masterful way in which the Squirrels create hooky, infectious beats, absorbing textures and compelling melodies. Between the straightforward tracks and the remixes available here, the electronicaphile has some tasty, rich listening to indulge in. Energetic and vibrant, self-assured and accessible, The Techno Squirrels are definitely a band to watch. They seem to be building up a (well-deserved) following and one can only hope that they continue to produce good music to please the fans and the daily growth via new converts to the church of the Squirrels. Four stars."

Chain D.L.K.

09/28/2006

"After releasing the last year their debut E.P. Lisa and Ryan continued working on their music developing it in a sort of trance pop techno. The new single OM MANI contains two new tracks "Om mani" and "My shrimplike beat". The first one, as indicated by the title (coming from the mantra "Om mani padme hum"), insert obviously Indian sitar sounds and a trance rhythm. Lisa's vocal is like a gently loop that repeat the mantra constantly (adding some verses here and there). Also the melody follow the same scheme and the repetition of two of three patterns meet the sitar sounds that come and go. The second track is more influenced by trance and acid house and it sounds less pop. Here Lisa's vocals are surrounded by layers of synths and ambient pads and the upbeat rhythm make of it a track more dancefloor oriented. The remaining three tracks are remixes of the main title. Rene Patrique version is more techno house oriented, he removed most of the vocals concentrating the attention of the main melody and on the pumping rhymth. Mount Oliphant worked more on the techno front adding also ethnic sounds making a particular version excessive but also with some delicate sounds (acoustic guitars, sitars, etc). The last version is the Robert Jax vs. Techno Squirrel version and it removes all the ethnic references but the voice, focusing the sound on a pure house techno sound really functional. As for the first single the Techno Squirrels prove themselves good at making pop dance tunes that work well also on clubs. If German style is too aggressive for you and you love remixed versions of Madonna's songs, try this one."

Metica

09/24/2006

"Om det är något man inte kan få mycket av så är det västerländsk musik fullproppad med indiska influenser. Det var ett lyft för mänskligheten när The Beatles åkte till Indien och flummade järnet med Ravi Shankar och gänget. När de åkte hem igen tog de med sig både sound och instrument tillbaka till Europa och slog på allvar upp de musikaliska dörrarna mot den östra sfären. Alltsedan dess har det känts helt naturligt med flummiga ragas i såväl techno som i new age-kretsar. Inte heller lyfter man på ögonbrynen när vanlig popmusik kryddas med tablas eller sitar. På något sätt går det inte att säga emot det faktum att indisk och västerländsk musik hör ihop och blir som bäst i kombination. Amerika-baserade duon Techno Squirrels, som består av svenska Lisa Eriksson och Ryan Harlin, har tagit fasta på detta och släppt en alldeles utmärkt liten singel som funkar både på rejvet, diskoteket och den privata lilla festen med världsmusiktema. Titellåten 'Om Mani' består i grunden en ganska enkel dansslinga med tungt groove, men med Lisas underbara sång som ofta får mig att tänka på Sheila Chandra, och de indiska slingorna, lyfts låten från medelmåttighetens träsk till fyrverkerihöjd. Även när de indiska inslagen är märkbart färre, som i remixen 'Om Mani (Robert Jax vs. Techno Squirrels)' eller i spåret 'My Shrimplike Beat', så blir det riktigt bra. Därmed konstaterar jag att ekorrarna vet vad de gör, och jag hoppas att de tänker göra mer. Gärna då även fortsättningsvis med Indien i blickfånget. Låttips: 'Om Mani', 'My Shrimplike Beat' och 'Om Mani (Rene Patrique RMX)'."

Podrunner Podcast Newsletter

06/30/2006

"This Podrunner mix is the first time I've used music by Techno Squirrels. The name alone would get me to listen to them; even better, their music is terrific. The track "My Shrimplike Beat" has a great, driving groove and gorgeous vocals. The Squirrels are local kidz (well, local to me, anyway), and I hope ya like 'em."

ReGen Magazine

06/27/2006

"I'm one of those people that like to jump on internet fads. I was big into mp3.com when it was popular, I did the Friendster thing, I have a LiveJournal, and these days I'm pretty deep into MySpace. I like the music side of it, the chance to scope out and hear a bunch of bands that I might not have the chance to hear otherwise. I've found a lot of new music since I've joined and I've enjoyed most of it. One of the bands that I came across early in my explorations was Techno Squirrels, a band that enticed me with one of the best names I'd ever heard, but kept me coming back with their upbeat vocal electronica. They were slick and shiny and I really liked their sound. And I'm pleased to see that they've released a formal single so that all of you that haven't gotten on the MySpace bandwagon can hear what they're all about. The Mute single showcases the band's sound very well and certainly whets my appetite for more. The title track "Mute" is a great example of upbeat electronica in the vein of William Orbit era Madonna and some of Björk's poppier work. It's a catchy song; something that speaks of lost loved ones and days gone by, the kind of things that we can all identify with. That frame of reference is often what really makes a strong pop song, something that we can all listen to and say, "Yeah! I know what that's like!" A second song, "405", is more of a dance-y club track; an excellent and engaging intro giving way to a strong verse and chorus evoking escapism and it's associated hope. Unfortunately, the track ends rather abruptly, just as I was getting into the groove. Just a little longer and I would have been hooked. In addition to the two songs mentioned above, the Mute single also features a pair of remixes of the title track. The Johan Afterglow mix of "Mute" adds a pumping bass line and processes the vocals, blending them in with the synths for a more beat-oriented sound that's sure to inspire more than a few bodies to shake their groove thang. The Puff Remix of "Mute" takes a techstep approach to the track, creating a completely different vibe and experience; very tasty, something I can easily see myself tripping to on the dance floor. The Mute single does an excellent job of capturing the band's sound, giving us something to listen to while we await their debut release. It's great stuff, very strong pop that deserves to be heard. Check them out, pick it up, support indie talent, and make the world a better place by making Techno Squirrels the stars that they deserve to be."

Homegrown Music Videos Blog

06/14/2006

"Techno Squirrels are taking off like a rocket! Check them out NOW before it's to late. They have been receiving some amazing airplay on Los Angeles radio stations, XM Satellite Radio, and Viking Radio FM in the UK. Last time I checked, they have over 7000 myspace friends. WOW!"

Hutch Magazine

04/26/2006

"LATEST CD- "MUTE" WHAT'S PLAYING ON HUTCH! RADIO- The title track "Mute" is on Neon. SOUNDS LIKE- A cross between Bjork, Oakenfold, and Royksopp. INFLUENCES- Chemical Brothers, Moby, Daft Punk, and Deep Dish to name a few. HUTCH! COMMENT- Check out this fantastic Electronica duo and buy the cd on their website. The Techno Squirrels are easily the front-runner as my favorite Electronica act this year. LABEL: Rave Police Records"

Future Music Magazine

02/01/2006

"Love the name, and the track ain't half bad either. A good vocal and strong production make this a good stab at trance, even if the beats are a little on the weak side. (UK Edition, page 92)"

Grave Concerns

01/25/2006

"Techno Squirrels is a self-described "techno" project formed by the collaboration of a duo simply known as Lisa and Ryan. Their debut album is saturated with beautiful female vocals and sparkling, melodic dance beats. If you rush to judgment based on the bands name, you'll have missed these elements combined with mature song writing. The title track "Mute" epitomizes this eye opening sound. "This is fantastic", this writer recalls while tapping my feet at work. I found that the subtle and splendid beats are friendly for the office or the work place. This had been a late discovery. Every track is entrancing as Lisa's splendid vocals glide through them with seemingly very little effort. This refreshing arrangement is what makes the album magical."

ReGen Magazine

01/21/2006

"Techno Squirrels offer uplifting techno with a hint of Indian flavor on their newest EP. Taking a page from the playbooks of such progressive trance artists as Banco de Gaia and Electric Skychurch, the newest EP from Los Angeles duo Techno Squirrels provides some pleasant house-infused beats laced with vaguely mystical synth arpeggios and lilting female vocals. A well-known yoga mantra provides the melodic basis for title track "Om Mani," and though it gets a bit repetitive by the four-minute mark, it's a solidly cheerful rave track, positive without being overly perky, and mystical without being too cliche about things. The remixes are solid, as well; Rene Patrick offers up an old-school acid house interpretation, with the synth leads drenched in drippy psychedelic effects, and while Emotiquon's "Mount Oliphant Remix" is a bit busy at first, it eventually softens into a nicely mellow bridge, which is ultimately followed by a soaring trance build. An interpretation from Swedish producer Robert Jax is more consistent, both rhythmically and thematically, borrowing a touch of Lisa Eriksson's vocals from the original and integrating it with Jax's own psychedelic trance inclinations. Perhaps the best track on this CD, however, is B-side "My Shrimplike Beat." Despite the song's title, the drum programming is hardly a shrimp, pulsing hypnotically beneath spaced out synthesizers and subtle, almost subliminal vocal melodies. Though it's a bit more minimal than most of Techno Squirrels' work, it's brilliant in its own right, confident enough in its own mind-expanding and booty-shaking qualities to eschew the usual trance music cliches. While any of the tracks on Om Mani would fit in well at an underground warehouse or desert party, "My Shrimplike Beat" is what makes this EP worth listening to at home."

MI2N Music Industry News Network

01/16/2006

"Burbank, CA January 3, 2005 - Electronic music artists Techno Squirrels will be releasing their latest music exclusively to the popular "MySpace" Internet community on a song-by-song basis to satisfy a growing consumer preference for frequent content over less-frequent quantity. Their January 10th debut of "Om Mani" marks their first exclusive release to the digital community. "Our fans and customers don't want to wait a year or two between album releases," says Ryan Harlin, one half of Techno Squirrels. "It's a trend the whole music industry is experiencing right now." Across all genres, artists have taken to decreasing the time between album releases - from providing more frequent music videos for online streaming to releasing live albums featuring new takes on older material. Techno Squirrels, an electronic music duo from Los Angeles California and signed to Rave Police Records, has convinced their label to take a gamble on a new strategy in the music business. As a sales vehicle, they've taken their latest track to MySpace.com, an extremely popular website among the music-buying public and one which regularly outranks internet powerhouses like Google in monthly page views. "iTunes has proven that the era of the album is over. When customers have the choice to purchase select songs from an LP release, it no longer makes sense to group those 12-14 songs together," Harlin contends. "Because ultimately, you're holding up the release of your 11 most recent songs until your 12th is done. It's not good business in a song-by-song market." Industry analysts hope this trend may curb the runaway success of often-illegal music sharing software programs. While it seems almost futile now to ask a consumer to pay the once standard price of 13.99 for a full CD album, the artist community is hoping to strike a similar compromise with its audience - pay 99 cents 14 times for the same content. The pay off? Fans won't have to wait anymore for their favorite music. It's a deal Techno Squirrels is hoping their audience will appreciate."

Sonic Curiosity

12/22/2005

"This release from 2005 offers 19 minutes of nimble techno music. Techno Squirrels is: Lisa Eriksson and Ryan Harlin. Smooth female vocals are supported by a congenial pastiche of e-perc and nimble electronics. Bass tones rumble as a strident undercurrent that excellently blends with the dancefloor rhythms. This snappy tuneage abounds with quick tempos and surging electronics. Swirling textures coalesce to produce a lush, techno presence littered with fast breaks and novel effects. Tasty harmonics achieve a fluid merger between the vocals and the music, generating a comfortable urgency tinged with a frenetic bearing. This release features four tracks, two of which are remixes of the title track by Johan Afterglow and the Puff. In these remixes, the vocals start out-front and swiftly become submerged in treatments and echoing tunnels of vibrant pulsations. Auxiliary treatments flavor the tuneage, embellishing the basic melodies with engaging variations and incidental beats."

Raves.com

11/05/2005

"(previously published on DJfix.com) Techno Squirrels' "Mute" single (featuring three versions of "Mute" and the song "405") is absorbing and progressive, though you don't have to wait as long for the hook as in some progressive electronica. Gorgeous, full-bodied melodies wash over you and threaten to carry your soul away on a wave of emotion while strong vocals move across the surface of the soundscape. The audio aura's skeleton are tasty mid-tempo beats that provide just the right companionship for the melodies. The johan Afterglow Coming to LA Mix isn't vastly different than the original version, but it does bring some interesting textural rearrangements to the version. The Puff Remix Feat. Crisp brings a retro-futuristic, acidy, technical, roboty flavor to it and is definitely a standout among the four tracks. Finally, "405" is a trancier number with the melody less aggressive but the beats more so, and the vocals still in place. A great listen for a mere single. Four stars."

DJ Fix

11/04/2005

"Techno Squirrels' "Mute" single (featuring three versions of "Mute" and the song "405") is absorbing and progressive, though you don't have to wait as long for the hook as in some progressive electronica. Gorgeous, full-bodied melodies wash over you and threaten to carry your soul away on a wave of emotion while strong vocals move across the surface of the soundscape. The audio aura's skeleton are tasty mid-tempo beats that provide just the right companionship for the melodies. The johan Afterglow Coming to LA Mix isn't vastly different than the original version, but it does bring some interesting textural rearrangements to the version. The Puff Remix Feat. Crisp brings a retro-futuristic, acidy, technical, roboty flavor to it and is definitely a standout among the four tracks. Finally, "405" is a trancier number with the melody less aggressive but the beats more so, and the vocals still in place. A great listen for a mere single. Four stars."

Tasty Magazine

10/23/2005

"Techno Squirrels - Mute (Rave Police) Mute is 4 tracks of feel good ambient(ish) electronic music which could lazily be classed as house. But the 'house' tag is one that send shudders down my spine and has me fearing the first interlude of pseudo soulful crooning and big choruses. Techno Squirrels do not do this. They are more at the intelligent techno end of the spectrum. '405' reminds me heavily of 'Leftism'-era Leftfield, full of bouncy, bleepy plinkety plonks and plonkety bleepage. Lisa's vocals are nearly always sent through what sounds like a chorus effect which keeps them at arms length and integrates them with the music, rather than howling over the top in a house stylee. Highly listenable stuff."

Collected Sounds

10/08/2005

"(Previously published on Shejay.net) Mute is the debut single from LA-based trance artists Lisa Eriksson and Ryan Harlin, collectively known as Techno Squirrels. Drawing from a diverse pool of influences, Techno Squirrels' first outing adeptly showcases an infectious fusion of artistry and craftsmanship. The title track is an ethereal masterpiece and it's the strength of Squirrels' songwriting that is so immediately captivating. More brushstrokes than beats, there's a fragile impermanence to "Mute" that seems to draw its inspiration from the works of Claude Monet rather than Paul Oakenfold. Reminiscent of Madonna's 1998 "Drowned World," "Mute" feels at once both dream journal and diary entry. The star of the track is Eriksson's vocal which glides effortlessly over the pair's slick production work, first skimming the glassy surface of the verse then soaring through the sweeping vistas of its chorus. In contrast, "405" is an almost frantic survivalist rant. Though claustrophobic in its restraint, there's a boiling undercurrent of tension that hurtles the listener along at a dizzying pace. Again, it's the interplay between vocal and instrumentation here that is most charming. Harlin and Eriksson construct a road rage foundation above which Eriksson's melody then grapples for a Zen-like calm. Also included with the single are two remixes of "Mute." Both The Puff and Johan Afterglow seem most interested in exploring the potential held within the vocal and play freely with its arrangement. The Puff focuses on wrapping club-friendly beats around heavily processed remnants of the original. In turn, Afterglow grounds his take on the track in vibrant colors and hopeful, blip-heavy beats that move the track towards a Cubist reinvention. Each track on Mute is infused with Techno Squirrels' intrinsic mix of superior production highlighted by youthful vitality. Look forward to an October release from a duo that promises to impress."

Chain D.L.K.

09/28/2005

"Techno Squirrels is a new band coming from California but Lisa and Ryan met in Liverpool back in 1999. Lisa grew up in Sweden and after England she moved to L.A. They had both a musical past (Ryan played in different rock bands) but they find themselves stuck into techno rhythms. This forced them to find a way to collaborate just to make their own music. Rebirth and Reason software helped them sharing files and thanks to this they released through Rave Police their first single MUTE. MUTE contains two original tracks ("Mute" and "405") plus two remixes of the main track. The first time I listened to their music I immediately thought about Madonna's "Ray of light" because Techno Squirrels' music is poppy and dancey at the same time. I must admit that the two tracks are nice but I'm not screaming because of them. They sound too polished for my tastes but they for sure could work well for the wider audience. The remixers took the original track and tried to experiment a little bit with it giving to it a nineties techno sound ("Jonah Afterglow coming to LA Mix") or a eighties analog version ("The Puff remix Feat. Crisp")."

San Jose Mercury News

09/24/2005

""Mute" Techno Squirrels: The name is perfect. This album comes out Oct. 11th, and I wish it was more than three tracks. Beautiful vocals, sonic waves, and a beat that isn't too distracting to work to while listening. (Photo courtesy of Rave Polic Records)"

SheJay Magazine

08/14/2005

"Mute is the debut single from LA-based trance artists Lisa Eriksson and Ryan Harlin, collectively known as Techno Squirrels. Drawing from a diverse pool of influences, Techno Squirrels' first outing adeptly showcases an infectious fusion of artistry and craftsmanship. The title track is an ethereal masterpiece and it's the strength of Squirrels' songwriting that is so immediately captivating. More brushstrokes than beats, there's a fragile impermanence to "Mute" that seems to draw its inspiration from the works of Claude Monet rather than Paul Oakenfold. Reminiscent of Madonna's 1998 "Drowned World," "Mute" feels at once both dream journal and diary entry. The star of the track is Eriksson's vocal which glides effortlessly over the pair's slick production work, first skimming the glassy surface of the verse then soaring through the sweeping vistas of its chorus. In contrast, "405" is an almost frantic survivalist rant. Though claustrophobic in its restraint, there's a boiling undercurrent of tension that hurtles the listener along at a dizzying pace. Again, it's the interplay between vocal and instrumentation here that is most charming. Harlin and Eriksson construct a road rage foundation above which Eriksson's melody then grapples for a Zen-like calm. Also included with the single are two remixes of "Mute." Both The Puff and Johan Afterglow seem most interested in exploring the potential held within the vocal and play freely with its arrangement. The Puff focuses on wrapping club-friendly beats around heavily processed remnants of the original. In turn, Afterglow grounds his take on the track in vibrant colors and hopeful, blip-heavy beats that move the track towards a Cubist reinvention. Each track on Mute is infused with Techno Squirrels' intrinsic mix of superior production highlighted by youthful vitality. Look forward to an October release from a duo that promises to impress."

MTV - The Real World

07/02/2008 - Season 20, Episode 12, Hollywood USA, Love Comes First



MTV - The Real World

05/14/2008 - Season 20, Episode 5, Music and Messes: Hollywood USA, Hurt Me



MTV - The Real World

04/16/2008 - Season 20, Episode 1: Hollywood USA, Love Comes First



MTV - The Real World Vs. Road Rules Challenge

01/23/2008 - The Gauntlet 3, premiere, Music Is My Drug



LucasArts Games

00/00/2008 - Thrillville 2, soundtrack - planned release 2008, "MyGurlz Techno Squirrels Remix"



MTV - The Real World

10/03/2007 - Season 19, Episode 10: Sydney Australia, South of Colorado, Easier Said



Sci Fi Channel/The Movie Network - Regenesis

04/29/2007 - Season 3, Episode 6: "Phantoms", Om Mani



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Techno Squirrels is a "Carbon Neutral" band, meaning carbon dioxide offsets have been purchased to counteract the emissions generated in manufacturing and promoting their releases. For information on how to become "Carbon Neutral" yourself, visit www.carbonneutral.com