pluko has released his second single of the year, “the lovely one.” The new single comes just ahead of pluko’s performance at CRSSD Festival in San Diego on Saturday, March 7th.
Coming off the release of his pop-leaning collaboration with Nate Traveller, “blessings,” pluko opts for a euphoric instrumental moment on his newest release. Marked by soaring synth work, grandiose percussion, and infectious bass, “the lovely one” allows pluko’s production skills to stand at the forefront. “I really wanted to step outside of my comfort zone for this one. I wanted to challenge myself to create a huge burst of emotion that still kind of felt like a ‘drop’ too,” pluko comments. “This track was a huge breakthrough for me and my journey as an artist. After I wrote it, I felt as if I had just broken down a massive wall. There’s nothing better than that feeling of being onto something fresh and exciting.”
With merely 2 years of activity, 19-year-old pluko has gone from bedroom producer to main stage act. Hailing from the small town of Hollidaysburg, PA, Sam Martinsen — the mind behind the pluko project — has racked up over 50 million plays across platforms while securing festival slots at major North American festivals like Coachella, Firefly Festival, and HARD Summer. In 2018, pluko released his first full-length album, ‘sixteen,’ via Odesza’s Foreign Family Collective and joined the dance duo at their annual Red Rocks show. Last year saw the independent release of ‘CLASS XIX‘ and the announcement of pluko’s own record label and collective Splendid Society. In addition to his own releases, pluko has also become a go-to producer for official remixes, re-imagining tracks for Tycho, Hayden James, Mansionair, Odesza, and more.
pluko’s bass-filled tracks glitter with imagination and forward-thinking production techniques. He consistently pushes the boundaries of his own musicality, creating colorful records that feel authentic and fresh. With more releases on the way and a number of confirmed festival slots, 2020 is set to be a breakthrough year for pluko.
UPCOMING LIVE DATES
March 7 – San Diego, CA – CRSSD Festival
March 20 – Monterrey, MX – Pal Norte
March 21 – New Orleans, LA – BUKU Music + Art Project
May 15 – Gulf Shores, AL – Hangout Music Festival