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Steve Malkmus (singer / guitarist) of Ectoslavia
Background information
Origin Charlottesville, Virginia, United States
Genres Indie rock, lo-fi

Ectoslavia was a band formed at the University of Virginia during the mid-1980s. It was composed of pre-Silver Jews, Yo La Tengo, and Pavement members David Berman, James McNew, Stephen Malkmus and Bob Nastanovich. UVA alumnus Gate Pratt was also a member of the band. The music of Ectoslavia used a great deal of noise and static underneath melodic pop-rock songs, not unlike early Pavement EPs like Perfect Sound Forever and Slay Tracks (1933-1969). The music of the group also used samples of known classical music, often directly over sheets of static or noise. Ectoslavia was referred to in the Slow Century DVD and also in the book Perfect Sound Forever.