Flash Trading is a sophistipop dance music project formed in Brooklyn in 2017, and comprised of producer and synth player Michael Julius and singer Dani Laundry. Flash Trading released their first EP, The Golden Mile, in 2017 to praise from Pitchfork, Paste, and Ad Hoc. Pitchfork wrote, of The Golden Mile, “Their songs work hard to create a space for movement: Their rhythms sway with the insistence of a rocking chair, and as hard-edged as they can get, a certain brightness pervades their work.” The Golden Mile was released on TAG OUT, a multimedia enterprise run by Kris Petersen, formerly of DFA Records, where Kris was instrumental in signing acts like Guerilla Toss, Essaie pas, and Factory Floor. Flash Trading followed up the release of The Golden Mile EP with shows at staple New York venues like Sunnyvale, El Cortez, and C’mon Everybody.
Since releasing The Golden Mile, Flash Trading has reconfigured its lineup to consist of primary songwriter and producer Michael Julius, a Queens native who has played in New York City bands for over a decade, and Dani Laundry, who in her solo work has compiled an incredibly prolific and diverse set of sophistipop and shoegaze tracks on Bandcamp in just a few short years. Mike and Dani bonded over their love for artists like Prefab Sprout and Kate Bush, and their ambitions to recontextualize those influences in ways that emphasize their resonance in modern culture.
With “On Display” and “Similar Devils,” Flash Trading return to form with a self-released digital single and b-side that demonstrate the enveloping breadth of their sound. “On Display” pulses with an insistent rhythm that underlines the urgency of Dani’s vocals, while “Similar Devils” sees the group explore a more deliberate tempo with guitar reminiscent of Durutti Column, before taking an unexpected and utterly danceable turn at the end of the song. Flash Trading plans to release an EP later this year.