Young Prisms – “Runner” video
S.F.’s Young Prisms have released a video for the song “Runner,” from 2012’s In Between. For the uninitiated, Young Prisms combine hushed, reverbed out vocals with pop melody, lush synthesizers and crisp, Sonic Youth-esque guitar lines They share some elements in common with S.F.’s Tamaryn, with whom they recently toured, like the pop counterpart to Tamaryn’s oceanic soundwaves. If you haven’t yet checked them out, here’s a great place to start. They’re at the Echo in L.A. March 15 and the Chapel in S.F. March 16.
The Cyclist – “Visions” video
Though he hails from Northern Ireland, producer The Cyclist has joined the fold of L.A.-based Stones Throw and Leaving Records, who recently signed a distribution deal for Stones Throw to distribute Leaving Records titles. The mind-expanding “Visions” appeared on Dual Form, a cassette release celebrating the deal and Leaving Records’ catalog. It will also appear on The Cyclist’s upcoming debut LP, Bones in Motion, releasing March 26 via Stones Throw/Leaving. The song is accompanied by a dizzying array of colors and images that makes up its great video, directed by Miko Revereza.
Hanni El Khatib – “Family”
L.A. rocker Hanni El Khatib is moving to the big leagues, releasing a new album, the Dan Auerbach (Black Keys) produced Head in the Dirt, April 30 from Innovative Leisure. “Family” piledrives into you mercilessly, with Khatib unleashing a barrage of guitar noise and even making room for a clap-happy breakdown. It’s a thick slab of old-fashioned rock ’n’ roll that helps prove the medium is still vital. He’s at Coachella April 14 and 21 and at S.F.’s Fillmore May 17.
Mikal Cronin – “Shout It Out”
Mikal Cronin, who plays bass for Ty Segall in addition to releasing his own fine psychedelic pop albums, has a new one coming, MCII, due May 7 on Merge. Segall appears on the record, as do a few others, but for the most part Cronin plays all the instruments himself. Cronin says the record reflects a number of changes, such as his move from L.A. to S.F. Show him your love, S.F.! “Shout It Out” is the first sweet little taste from MCII. And don’t sleep on his great self-titled debut, either!
Kisses – “The Hardest Part”
L.A. electro-pop duo Kisses, which consists of Jesse Kivel of Princeton and Zinzi Edmundson, have unveiled a second album, Kids in LA, due May 14 on Cascine. “The Hardest Part” features a heartier beat than Kisses’ previous releases, touching on freestyle and ’80s R&B.
Rhye – “Open” video
I keep blogging about L.A. electro-soul duo Rhye because they’re really good. Their Woman is one of my most anticipated releases of the year, after their spellbinging “The Fall” single and video, plus previewed tracks on last week’s free mixtape they released. Now we have a video from the second officially released single, “Open.” The sumptuous song, featuring the duo’s feminized vocals and minimalist backdrop, is accompanied by a romantic yet sad video, which pretty much sums up the feel of the song.
Glow Marrow – “Julian”
L.A.’s Glow Marrow make glowing synth-pop with intriguing, dynamic arrangements, featuring interesting chord changes, tempo breaks and other tricks that put them at the head of the indie pop pack. Their Braver Days EP is due March 5. Check out “Julian.”
Shows This Weekend:
Sunday: Part TIme Punks with Cosmonauts, Moonbeams, Slowness, Tennis System at the Echo (9 p.m., $8-10)