Led by current Nine Inch Nails member Alessandro Cortini, and accompanied by former Abandoned Pools guitarist Pelle Hillstrom, modwheelmood's sound is best described as "alternative pop electronica", yet is a stimulating departure from the typical laptop based bands who label themselves as "electronica". "Enemies & Immigrants", their first release on Buddyhead, was largely conceived and recorded by Alessandro Cortini in hotel rooms across the world whilst on tour with Nine Inch Nails. Modwheelmood is the product of impeccable composition, incorporating Cortini's carefully structured analog synths and loops with Hillstrom's raw, riffing guitars and sometimes sparkling, ambient guitars, depending on the mood. The experienced duo exercises restraint, never allowing the guitars to overpower the synths, and offering provocative vocal melodies that add just enough depth to create well rounded, richly textured arrangements. Although they have many influences, both Cortini and Hillstrom agree that Enemies & Immigrants doesn't necessarily reflect those influences. Hillstrom notes that there are decidedly more acoustics on this EP than the first, to give the tracks more of a lush, earthy, percussive sound. He adds that the material on the new EP took shape just from sitting in a room full of gear with open minds and the objective of making music that meant something to us. With Enemies & Immigrants, Cortini and Hillstrom have carved a complex landscape that is evocative and deeply personal, making Enemies and Immigrants an EP that will surely keep your psychiatrist on speed dial. Modwheelmood borrows their name from the mod wheel, a controller typically mounted at the left end of the keyboard that is used for modulation. It can provide positive or negative values. It can be easily raised or lowered at the artist's whim.