Weekly Roundup: Vince Staples, Nic Hessler, L.A. Witch, High Functioning Flesh, Moses Sumney, Michael Vidal, Part Time

Posted by Billy Gil, May 8, 2015 10:21am | Post a Comment

Vince Staples – “Senorita”

Long Beach’s Vince Staples goes a little trap on “Senorita,” the first song released from his upcoming studio debut full-length, Summertime ’06, due June 30 on Blacksmith/Artium/Def Jam. No I.D.’s creeping production offers the ideal space for Staples’ grim verses and Future’s motoring chorus. I’m in love with the way the song flows over into an ’80s horror/giallo film-style breakdown.


Nic Hessler – “I Feel Again” video

Nic Hessler (f.k.a. Catwalk) has a video for the first track from his excellent debut album, Soft Connections (out now on Captured Tracks) that conveys the expansiveness and joy in the song’s jangling charge, showing the singer/songwriter playing to a beautiful desert sunset. The song and video are all the more effective knowing Hessler’s backstory, as he fought an autoimmune disorder that left him nearly debilitated. “I Feel Again” is the sound of Hessler regaining his health, writing excellent tunes and feeling triumphant. Watch it below via Stereogum.


L.A. Witch – “Kill My Baby Tonight”

Remember Whitney Houston’s “I’m Your Baby Tonight”? This is like the opposite of that. The L.A. trio rip through this hazy rocker like Mazzy Star at their garage-iest. “What am I to do if I can’t be with you?” they sing in a drunken drawl before unleashing some unholy psych noise that could stop anyone in their tracks. It’s the first single from their upcoming debut, out later this year. They’ll be at Fullerton’s Continental Room May 24. Hear it below via BrooklynVegan.


High Functioning Flesh – “Hunger Cries” video

Hot new EBM-style electro-pop comes from this L.A. duo, whose “Hunger Cries” recalls early Ministry or Nitzer Ebb with brighter synths. But “Hunger Cries” also eschews mere hero worship with its immediacy and perfect execution. Something about that combination of raw vocals and bubbling synthesizers never seems to go out of style. Lest you think the band takes itself too seriously, the “Hunger Cries” video has a great early MTV feel as its members play synths and dance in dissolved, layered cuts. Definite Structures is due May 26 on Dais. Watch “Hunger Cries” below via Noisey.


Moses Sumney – “Seeds”

L.A.-based singer/songwriter Moses Sumney’s star has risen significantly over the past year. He’s finishing up a tour in support of Sufjan Stevens, opening up at the Hollywood Bowl for Erykah Badu and St. Vincent on Aug. 30 and he’s just released a new song that, for those who haven’t heard him, will grab you and keep your ass firmly planted over its stunningly beautiful four minutes. Sumney’s high voice and fingerpicked guitars search over a simple arrangement and rise into a glorious sunsetting place, allied by breathy production from Grizzly Bears Chris Taylor. Keep an ear out for his next album.


Michael Vidal - "Dreams (Come Back to Me)" video

michael vidal dream centerWe're big fans of L.A.-based singer/songwriter Michael Vidal, formerly the lead singer of Abe Vigoda. His excellent Dream Center tape is being re-released on 12" vinyl June 9 by Couple Skate. “Dreams (Come Back to Me)” hums along on muted Cocteau guitars and Vidal’s swooning baritone, sounding a bit like a Christine McVie-led Fleetwood Mac track until the groove goes full-tilt with a gleaming guitar rush at the end. The video for the shimmering track is directed by L.A. writer/photographer Clare Kelly and features a performance by Kelly and L.A.-based performer/artist Maria Garcia, interpreting the track against a stunning L.A. skyline.


Part Time - "P*ssy of My Dreams"

David Loca doesn't even need that attention-grabbing song title to get folks to pay attention to this great stuttering glam-rock track. The S.F.-based one-man band known as Part Time will release a double-LP called Virgo's Maze on Burger June 16, on which Loca played nearly every instrument, recording in L.A., S.F. and El Paso on legit tape machine, reel-to-reel and USB. Quality control's important, when you hear results as crisp and perfect as this.


Shows This Weekend:

Friday: Purity Ring at the Fonda ($28)

Saturday: Stephin Merritt at Hollywood Forever Cemetery ($30)

Sunday: Depeche Mode night for Part Time Punks at the Echo ($8)

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