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Weekly Roundup: Sego, Cool Ghouls, Hanni El Khatib, Youth Code

Posted by Billy Gil, October 17, 2014 09:54am | Post a Comment

Sego – “Wicket Youth” video

segoThese Utah-via-L.A. Kitsune signees immediately get me for referencing Wicket the ewok from Return of the Jedi. Even if that’s not what they’re referencing, that’s not the point—“Wicket Youth” touches on familiar ’80s influences without really sounding like they’re retreading, instead infusing refreshingly plainspoken lyrics about nostalgia for youth with sparkling synth-pop flourishes. And it’s got a very ’80s, handrawn-style video to match. The Wicket Youth EP is out Oct. 27.

 

Cool Ghouls – “What a Dream I Had”

cool ghoulsHere’s the third track from the forthcoming Cool Ghouls album A Swirling Fire Burning Through The Rye, out Nov. 11 on Empty Cellar. It’s perhaps the most impressive track they’ve debuted yet, built on a slow, steady jangle and “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds” harmonies. Cool Ghouls keep the dream of San Francisco alive with songs like “What a Dream I Had.” Stream the track via Wondering Sound, and read my interview with them here.

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Weekly Roundup: The Mantles, Spaceships, Ty Segall, Death Valley Girls, Deap Vally

Posted by Billy Gil, October 10, 2014 10:59am | Post a Comment

The Mantles – “Memory”

the mantles bandThe Mantles’ Long Enough to Leave was a delightful traipse through New Zealand-style jangle pop, and now the Bay Area-based Slumberland band is coming back with a set of new recordings. They’re first coming out with the Memory 7” Dec. 2, featuring two new songs. Listen to the Felt-ish “Memory” now and get swept up in their sweet autumnal strums.

 

Spaceships – “Good Gradez”

spaceshipsNoisy L.A. duo Spaceships have a new self-titled EP coming out Nov. 4 on New Professor and we’ve got the first song now, called “Good Gradez.” It’s got the same distorted power-pop chords and snarled melodies of their debut LP, Cool Breeze Over the Mountains, with an ever-so-slightly cleaned-up sound to make sure Jessie Waite’s terrific vocals cut through clearly. I for one give this song an A+! Check out the interview I did with the band last week here.

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Weekly Roundup: Cozz & Effect, Cool Ghouls, Corners

Posted by Billy Gil, October 3, 2014 11:27am | Post a Comment

Cozz & Effect – “Cody Macc” video

cozz & effectSouth L.A. rapper Cozz & Effect is only 21 and just started seriously rapping last year, but he was good enough to land on J. Cole’s Dreamville label (via Interscope), who will release the young rapper’s debut, self-titled album on shelves Oct. 27. The video for his track “Cody Macc” sees Cozz rapping with increasing ferocity throughout an eerily empty Los Angeles, which kind of matches the solitary quality to the song’s production. Something about that combination of sounds and images makes this compelling, like he’s fighting for his life to be heard over the anonymity of an oppressively large city like L.A.

 

Cool Ghouls – “And It Grows”

cool ghoulsCool Ghouls are digging deeper into their native S.F. for the sound of their next record, mining the hippie Nuggets of yore to come up with their own garage spin on psychedelic pop. Following the excellent “The Mile,” now we’ve got “And It Grows,” which builds with thick twangy guitars and choral vocals until it unleashes a big, snaking riff over a smoldering groove. I’m lovin’ it. A Swirling Fire Burning Through the Rye is out Nov. 11 on Empty Cellar. Here’s my interview with them a while back.

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Weekly Roundup: RL Grime, Wand, Ariel Pink

Posted by Billy Gil, September 25, 2014 11:55am | Post a Comment

RL Grime – “Reminder” (featuring How to Dress Well)

rl grimeThis track from L.A. producer RL Grime sounds like how you remember the best of late ’90s R&B in your head. With Grime’s bass-heavy, lingering production, “Reminder” does have a dreamy, lovelorn feel, but How to Dress Well’s Tom Krell, who’s pretty much the king of dreamy and lovelorn, is actually as lively and engaging as you’ve ever heard him before here. You’ll get a kick out of hearing him sing rapid-fire lines like Justin Timberlake. The track will be on RL Grime’s new album VOID, due Nov. 18 on WEDIDIT.

 

Wand – “Flying Golem” video

wandWand’s video for their stomping psych-rocker “Flying Golem” (off the recently released Ganglion Reef) is an explosion of ’90s- style animation, from the pixilation of old video games to early CG-animation to the sleazy cartoons of MTV’s “Liquid Television” (kids, look it up if you don’t know it). Man, MTV was cool in the ’90s. What the fuck happened. This would’ve been right at home on “120 Minutes.”

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Weekly Roundup: Flying Lotus, Medicine, Cherry Glazerr, Tijuana Panthers, Allah-Las, Kevin Morby

Posted by Billy Gil, September 19, 2014 09:53am | Post a Comment

Flying Lotus – “Coronus, the Terminator”

flying lotus amoebaFor the latest unveiled track from Flying Lotus’ upcoming You’re Dead (out Oct. 7; preorder on LP or CD), FlyLo sets the stage with some backwards instruments and rain, moving into what sounds like a sultry Quiet Storm track. Singer Niki Randa gives the song that extra sumptuousness while Flying Lotus’ subtly detailed production demands repeat listens. From the sound of this and the other tracks he’s released, You’re Dead might already be the most accessible Flying Lotus album yet.

 

Medicine – “Move Along – Down the Road”

medicine bandL.A. shoegaze legends Medicine’s second run generated the terrific To the Happy Few last year, and impressively, they’ve already got another new one on the way. With the release of the “Move Along – Down the Road,” Medicine’s Home Everywhere (due Oct. 28 on Captured Tracks) is quickly becoming one of our most anticipated new albums of the year. It sounds like two ’60s pop songs fused together, sped up and filtered through eight kinds of distortion, threatening to tear apart but always coming back to some new riff or idea.

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