The Goldberg Sisters – “It Can Get You Down”
The Goldberg Sisters are Adam Goldberg of acting fame (Dazed and Confused, Entourage etc.) and his sister, songwriter Celeste Goldberg. Only she’s his imagined twin a la Adaptation (I think). In any case, this first song from Goldberg’s third record is a nice bit of California bedroom pop that feels like waking up in a not unwanted haze, reminiscent of fellow So. Cal. bands like dios (malos) and Beachwood Sparks. Adam Goldberg’s beard (which also would’ve been a cool band name) seems more appropriate than ever, given the hippie vibes of “It Can Get You Down).” Stranger’s Morning is due Aug. 20 on apologymusic. Listen here.
Daedelus – “Paradiddle”
L.A. producer Daedelus aka Alfred Darlington has a new one coming out called Drown Out on Anticon Sept. 17. I listened to this while reading a terrifying story about a couple who had Googled pressure cookers and backpacks and were allegedly visited and questioned by police. The twisting and unpredictable nature of Daedelus’ synths and beats seemed to fit just well, full of paranoid-sounding tones and woozy movements. These are troubling times, indeed; luckily we have people like Daedelus soundtracking them for us.
Haim – “The Wire”
Haim’s already put out some pretty great songs for not having had a single album out, but “The Wire” might be my favorite yet. The sister trio have successfully continued to vibe Fleetwood Mac-style radio rock and ’80s dance pop with glee, but even with great production, the sisters’ pipes, confident delivery and familial chemistry is what really sells it. Their as-yet-untitled album is said to be due in September, so get ready for a potent power-pop bomb next month.
Roses – “It’s Over”
Another L.A. band without an album, Roses, keeps releasing excellent one-off demos via their Soundcloud. The project featuring Abe Vigoda guitarist Juan Velasquez takes a turn toward introspective guitar pop here, compared with sprightly new-wave jam “Florence Girls” or goth jam “Icicle.” Singer Marc Steinberg gives detached, damaged missives a la David Byrne while Velasquez and bassist Victora Herrera paint the scenery with emotive, effected fretwork. Keep checking back on Roses to hear their progression into one of L.A.’s greats!
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