Geoff Halliday and Ryan Sweeny are Hands, an LA duo that mashes traditional acoustic picking (banjo and guitar) with hypnotic beats and pulses served on top of harmonized soft spoken lyrics. They released an EP called Cities in 2008 and the new single Hold is more electronic with plenty of echo of keyboards. This is the kind of stuff that has "music geeks only" written all over it - it's that good.
Assorted trivia: all their songs have one word titles. They wrote the music for Less, a movie about an atypical homeless man.
Hold is released on the German netlabel Headphonica on February 26th. It is a free download.