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

These 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”

Here’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.




Hanni El Khatib – “Moonlight”

hanni el khatibHanni El Khatib’s rugged garage-pop gets a moody tweak on the title track from his newly announced upcoming album, due Jan. 20 via Innovative Leisure. Recorded at L.A. studio Lair and engineered by Sonny DiPerri (Trent Reznor, Avey Tare), Moolight boasts influences from Wu-Tang Clan, Can and ESG. Sounds like a blast. He’ll be at the Del Monte Speakeasy Oct. 21 for a Red Bull Sound Select show. Read my interview with him here.


Youth Code – “A Place to Stand” video

L.A. EBM duo Youth Code’s video for “Consuming Guilt” calls to mind early Nine Inch Nails videos with its disturbing images of testing on both animals and humans. The video, directed by Grant Singer (Sky Ferreira, Ariel Pink), creates a suitably unsettling backdrop for the band’s pounding beats and shredded vocals. Safe to say this one’s a little NSFW and pretty sick. The A Place to Stand EP is out now.

Shows This Weekend:

Friday: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart and The New Pornographers at the Wiltern ($25)

Saturday: Moon Block Party with Spoon, Black Lips and more at the Pomona Fairplex ($45, get tickets at Amoeba Hollywood!)

Sunday: Shark Toys, Bass Drum of Death and more at the Echo ($12)


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