Occlusions is the electronic R&B project of vocalist Monica Thomas and producer Alex Gorischek. The duo draws influences from the likes of FKA twigs, Kelela, Gold Panda, Andy Stott, POLIÇA, and others. Thomas comes from a tradition of roaring alt-rock (via the now defunct Seattle band Power Cassette), but grew up with a stereo rotating between Erykah Badu, Modest Mouse, and her mother’s Italian arias. Gorischek started making beats with Sibelius in high school and has been producing electronic music ever since. The two formally joined forces in 2016 and the result is the smoky, soulful sound of Occlusions.