Not much is known about this soulful LA duo reminiscent of a young Sade that seemed to have appeared out of thin air and release on of my favorite little EP’s of the year.
Like me, you probably fell hard for Rhye after hearing their first single “Open.”All I can really say is that I wish the EP was more than three songs. I guess I’ll have to wait patiently like everyone else for their upcoming LP which has been rumored to drop in February 2013.
About two weeks I was introduced via email inbox (see I do read them) to this single from emerging LA based group Oren Lyons. This past January the group was formed by multi-instrumentalist composer Gueorgui Linev (formerly of Lonely Trees). You can hear his orchestral influence all over this track and it’s simply gorgeous.
Lead singer Kristianne Bautista vocals are so sultry and powerful as they wind their way perfectly through the grand instrumentation. As far as I can tell “Forever Found” is the only track they have released, but from what I’ve heard they’ll be releasing a full album this year. Something we can all look forward to!
Steffaloo and Her Producers Ricky Eat Acid and Chrome Sparks//
A few months ago I wrote about Steffaloo’s album Meet Me In Montauk, which was really my introduction to the talented LA singer songwriter. Since then she’s teamed up with producers Ricky Eat Acid, a master of soundscapes for the track “Disappeared” and then more recently with Chrome Sparks on his intoxicating track “All There Is”. Both tracks are very different, but equally beautiful.
You can download Chrome Sparks EP My <3 from his bandcamp page and you can listen to Ricky Eat Acid’s extensive work on his bandcamp and Soundcloud pages. Listen to “Disappeared” above and “All There Is” below.
Meet Kromo and Mad Owl, the first artists to release a track off the new bicoastal artist collective, ItGetsYouOff. They also happen to be the millionth artist to remix Adele’s Rolling in the Deep. FEAR NOT, HOWEVER. This deep house reworking is a banger to bring out, or bring back, your favorite siren’s heartbreak anthem. Roll deep, good readers - let Kromo and the Mad Owl take you there.
LA based “gentle electro” band Blue Green Gray made it out to NYC a month back under the name Sweet Lowdown, packing the Silent Barn with a throng of west coast transplants and east side friends alike. Their sound tried its best to squeeze through the tiny PA, but you could tell the raspy voice of frontwoman Shana Bush was just itching for a bigger bed to lie in. Their new EP, like their new name, is wet, wavy, and just what I needed on these in-between spring days. If I ever open a lounge in orbit, I have a feeling this might be just what my astropatrons want to hear.
You can download the whole EP straight from SoundCloud, or start out with their banger “Aware of IT” right here.
“Wilderness”, the track featured above is the synth looped, layered, haunting track that will lure you in to the world of Pat Grossi, the man behind Active Child. If years of choir practice is what makes ones voice so heavenly then sign me up. The most interesting part about this track is that it comes from Sun Rooms which was only released on cassette, but still sounds fantastic.
Active Child’s, EP Curtis Lane now available on iTunes came out this past May and is more than worth having a listen to. It’s on constant rotation in my domain.
Yes, we noticed the resemblance too. The lead singer of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, Alex Ebert looks a lot like a 60’s cult leader especially with the ten plus other members of the group following his lead. Alex even describes Edward Sharpe as, ” A messianic figure, sent down to Earth to kinda heal and save mankind…but he kept getting distracted by girls and falling in love.”
The track “Home” is by far my favorite track featured on their first full length album, “Up From Below.” NPR describes the track perfectly saying, “It sounds terrific, but when it’s blown out in 360-degree live performance, “Home” is enough to make even the tiniest heart grow three sizes.”
I honestly don’t remember how I first learned about West Indian Girl, but I’m glad I did. This band hails from the City of Angels and apparently takes their name from a type of lysergic acid (LSD) that was popular in the early 60 or so says their artist bio on lala.
They have a psychedelic electro rock feel and the male vocals remind me of Shannon Hoon from Blind Melon. Check out the rest of their music and Francis Ten the bass players sweet blog which you can find on their site. www.westindiangirl.com