Desert Liminal is a Chicago-based genre-evasive minimalist duo centered by spectral vocal melodies layered over low-end vintage synth, ambient samples and driving drum grooves. Thoughtful lyrical tone and instrumental texture combine to achieve a dark, atmospheric synergy focused on liminal, threshold states - grief, dissociation, retrospection and the experience of nonlinear time.

Desert Liminal’s gorgeous sound has its roots in a deep friendship
— Brittany Julius, The Chicago Tribune
 
The Chicago-based duo Desert Liminal play with hypnosis, and their latest single ‘Pipedream’ is no exception to their spells.
— Colin S. Smith, Culture Collide Magazine
“This is music both nebulous and striking, like dreams that stick with you long after waking.”
— Jon Doyle, Various Small Flames

by Danielle Campbell

The first full-length Desert Liminal album, Static Thick is this sound perfected, a foggy, mysterious thing that constantly shifts and shivers, dark and light cresting and crashing over one another in a constant loop.

Opener ‘Sun Limina’ is the ideal example of this, and is an immediate introduction to Quillin’s poetic songwriting. “The day the storm came the air rang static thick,” she sings as the bass reverberates across the track, “and the skull buzz drone of life swung on its hinge.” The unpredictable nature of the instrumentation is at odds with Quillin’s vocal delivery, her voice remaining even and monotone, a cold reportage of what seems a tale of grief and loss.
— Jon Doyle, Various Small Flames
 Photo by Zohair Hussain

Photo by Zohair Hussain