Youth Code – “Carried Mask”
L.A. dark synth music duo Youth Code has unveiled another song from their upcoming self-titled debut album, which will be released Sept. 3 on Dais. It’s a throbbing number reminiscent of industrial/EBM music pioneers like Ministry and Skinny Puppy, with a taut dance beat to match its grind and screeched vocals. It makes me want to go to Das Bunker and dance to darkwave all night. Can’t wait for this album!
Boardwalk – “I’m to Blame” video
Nostalgic, dreamy stuff from new L.A. duo Boardwalk. Fans of Beach House and Mazzy Star should feel right at home within the folds of this organ-fueled blanket of lo-fi dream pop. Surprisingly, their debut album will find a home on L.A.-based Stones Throw Records, which has grown and diversified from its beats-driven roots. Boardwalk is due Oct. 15.
Wild Eyes – “Lose Your Head” and “Beneath Your Skin”
L.A. shoegazers Wild Eyes posted two new songs to their Bandcamp recently. I couldn’t decide which I liked better — “Lose Your Head” is trippy, fast-paced and melodic, while “Beneath Your Skin” has an early-MBV vibe, with a snaking, distorted bassline and sugarcoated melodies. Just listen to both and thank me later. Someone better sign this band, they fucking rule!
Chelsea Wolfe – “We Hit a Wall”
Another loop thrown by singer/songwriter Chelsea Wolfe, who’s undergone a number of guises within her somewhat gothic persona, from doomy lo-fi songstress on albums like Apokalypsis to bare-bones acoustic catharsis on Unknown Rooms to dance pop on “The Warden,” the first single from her upcoming Pain is Beauty album, due Sept. 3 on Sargent House. By comparison, “We Hit a Wall” is melodic yet hard-hitting primal rock, full of the same romantic yearning that marks many of her other songs, regardless of how they’re shrouded. However she chooses to communicate, there’s something innately recognizable and moving there. You can read my interview last year with Wolfe here.
Crystal Antlers – “Rattlesnake”
Whoa, 180 from Crystal Antlers. The L.A./Long Beach-bred band has had a few rad, heavy psych-focused releases up till now. “Rattlesnake,” from the upcoming Nothing is Real on Innovative Leisure (Sept. 24), is languid and pretty until it hits its epic, shouted chorus. I already loved this band, and I’m a sucker for dynamics, so this is a big-time winner in my book.
Soft Metals – “Tell Me” video
Ay ay ay. L.A. minimal disco duo Soft Metals have a sensuous video for their hot song “Tell Me,” from the fine ‘n’ frisky Lenses LP. Not NSFW per se, but definitely sexual and voyeuristic. This seedy, middle-of-the-night bathroom hookup is pretty much exactly what I picture when listening to Soft Metals.
Hanni El Khatib – “Pay No Mind” video
Hey Hanni, you’re so fine, you’re so fine you blow my mind. Check out this Toni Basil-esque video via NOWNESS for the kinda Toni Basil-esque “Pay No Mind,” from the rockin' Head in the Dirt LP. You can read my interview with him here.
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