The Upper Strata

We are an indie electro duo out of Portland.

A blend of electro, disco, glammy R&B, and indie rock! Live we combine guitar, bass, synth, and accordion with loops, beats, found sounds and videos.

What's in the name?

Imagine a box of tapes. You grab the one that sits on top because it is the one that excites you. We call that top layer The Upper Strata.

Marissa Abruzzini,

"Their music has a cabaret tone that I’ve never heard before in an electronic group, and it’s absolutely fascinating."



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favorite gigs so far

    PDX: Analog, Lovecraft, Ash Street, Twilight
    Last Exit (AZ), Rogue (AZ), Pho Cao (AZ), Desert Ridge (AZ), Hotel Utah (CA), Sidepony Express Music Festival (AZ), Scottsdale Arts Festival (AZ), Spark! Mesa's festival of creativity (AZ)



Neon Glitz - album cover Neon Glitz consists of electro indie dance tracks - mixed with soul and glammy R&B. The ablum is truly local - written and recorded in Portland, mastered by Telegraph Mastering (Portland) and pressed at Cascade Record Pressing (Portland). Official release is July 2017.
Cabaret Wartaire - album cover Cabaret Wartaire blends Old World accordion sounds with modern electronic elements and beats. Thematically, the album is a collection of conflicts (man vs. nature, peace vs. war, female vs. male, corporations vs. individuals).
Shadow Upon The Snow - album cover Shadow Upon The Snow is an eclectic mix of genres - funky rock, reggae and folk flavors - add up to a fun little romp.
Phantastic Pigeon-Holes - album cover Phantastic Pigeon-Holes takes you on a bluesy trip through the desert southwest. Songs are littered with saloons, old mining towns, and haunted hotels. The influence is ranging from Tom Waits to Son House and Muddy Waters to Morphine. The resulting album is an eclectic mix of genres.
Manifest - album cover Manifest is an EP featuring Blues, Pop, and Alternative sounds that form an eclectic and varied collection.
From Restless To Ruin - album cover From Restless to Ruin is a raw, emotional recording of acoustic songs that have been played in many coffeehouses and galleries.