Eventually, creative divergences between the duo made Morris leave the project. So, Jones – searching for a replacement – found Sega between a mutual acquaintance, and they started working together; initially in a more experimental ground, to see what ideas they could materialize as a team. Shortly thereafter, though, the musical dynamic between both became so successful that Sega was immediately integrated into Iris, and now these two talented musicians have been collaborating for almost two decades.
Despite the fact that Iris was never allowed a space into the mainstream – you probably never heard of them before – the duo achieved modest degrees of recognition in the underground synthpop scene, both in the United States and Europe. They tour regularly around the globe, together with other acts of the genre, always supported by a loyal and devoted fan base.
So, I selected below my favorite Iris’ songs, some of which are probably among their relevant and best-known hits. Influences easily recognizable in their sound are British bands like Depeche Mode, New Order and Erasure, that evidently helped Iris to shape their musical style and sonorous identity. Nevertheless, they were influenced also by several other important musical acts, amongst them, more conventional groups, like R.E.M. and The Killers
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