Small Million

Set Information: 4:30–5:15 p.m., EMU Green

Portland duo Small Million (Ryan Linder and Malachi Graham) met on the dance floor and got busy polishing their moody, lyrical synth pop. Rich, textured tracks with soaring melodies—wistful and cautiously optimistic. Since their song “Six Feet” was selected for the PDX Pop Now! compilation in 2014, they have been hard at work crafting songs that blend Malachi’s melodic roots in Americana with Ryan’s eclectically influenced electronic layering. They released their debut EP, Before the Fall, in June 2016 and were called “Portland artists to watch” by Vortex Magazine and “rising dream pop stars” by Willamette Week. Their tracks have been featured on compilations by PDX Pop Now!, Vortex Music Magazine, and Tender Loving Empire. Their catchy dark pop hooks are equal parts effervescent and rootsy, meticulously layered compositions laced with vocal samples, with lyrics referencing vintage horse races, seasonal affective disorder, and the poetry of Edna St. Vincent Millay. Willamette Week writes, “In the sparse synths and deeply emotive vocals, the duo found a universal language in their shared love of melody and emotion.”