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Paris Radio is the new project of Tony Aguiar, a former member of Voxhaul Broadcast who's found inspration in eighties synth pop. His new track, "Tangled Shadow", incorporates vigorous dance beats with bulked-up synth sounds that could easily be confused as analogue instruments. The track is immadiate and accesible, the kind that will get audiences to nod their heads with carefree abandon.

Aguiar will be co-headlining a show at The Satellite on June 14 with Adult Bodies.

 

May 25, 2016
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In less than one hour, outsider experimental pop artist Meishi Smile will be premiering a free stream of his upcoming EP “(reclamation)”, an 18-minute voyage of ambience and noise that leads listeners from depersonalizing start to cathartic finish. Mixed and mastered by Warren Hildebrand (Foxes in Fiction, Orchid Tapes) “(reclamation)” explores tones opaque and harsh that were once prevalent in Meishi Smile's former aliases nono. and Yuko Imada.

""(reclamation)” is to represent the affirmation of the capability I once had to find peace within what I loved. The acknowledgement of my own shortcomings and the pain I bestowed upon those I cared due to fear. This serves as both an apology to some and a bout of condemnation towards others. Ultimately, it is about peace of mind and a restored sense of clarity. A warm pillow of static with no further pretension. The musicality is what it is and indicates no specific direction of the project. It is simply an expression."

The EP will be officially released through Zoom Lens on May 27th, along with a free DL link to Meishi Smile's full discography until the end of May. To find out more about how to stream "(reclamation)" visit the official website, Soundcloud or sign up for Meishi Smile's mailing list— Ryan Mo, photography: MAY

May 20, 2016
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A beatific atmosphere surrounds the enigmatic “Holy Nights”, a dreamy slow-burner that takes us a little bit closer to understanding lo-fi bedroom recorder Stefan Weich. The blissful aura he creates permeates throughout amid a somber soundscape that’s unobtrusive, yet sublimely grand. The multi-instrumentalist wants to transmit a feeling of weightlessness with the song’s subdued tone, a faint whisper of emotion for those who may be seeking for some solace. It’s a captivating first statement from an artist who writes achingly wistful melodies that are as affecting as they are hard to shake, one who's sure to follow the footsteps of experimental pop contemporaries like Julian Lynch and Alex G.

“Holy Nights” is the lead-off track off of Weich’s self-released debut EP, Granite Prism, which is due out June 3rd. - Juan Rodríguez

May 20, 2016
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Prism Tats is the solo project of South African-born Garett van der Spek, a multi instrumentalist whose vicious garage rock is fully indebted to the early days of power pop. The compressed drums and tremolo guitars of singles like "Creep Out // Freak Out" are pure rock n’ roll at its most joyful and unforced, the kind that could perfectly soundtrack your favorite early eighties coming-of-age comedy. But behind its wound-up melodies lurks a smart and outspoken look into the intricacies of being an Angeleno, a city that’s greatly informed van der Spek’s now permanent vacation.

Prism Tats is opening for indie rock veterans Nada Surf this coming Saturday, May 21st at Teragram Ballroom. His debut self-titled Prism Tats is out now via Anti- Records. - Juan Rodríguez

Photo Credit: Cara Robbins

May 18, 2016
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Sure Sure is a quartet who works a rich seam of splindly guitars with lush string arrangements. Songs like "New Biome" and "The Expert" are unique in how they hone art pop sensibilities, with smooth melodic contours and backwoods harmonies that faintly evoke bands like Grizzly Bear and Field Music. And do I hear some bossa nova chords embedded into the mix? Their measured style is an uncommon one, and all the better for it, seeing as their first singles exhibit an attention to songcraft that is smart, inventive, and undeniably catchy.

Sure Sure are playing at El Cid this coming Saturday, May 21st. Check out their two singles below. - Juan Rodríguez

May 13, 2016
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Spooky Cigarette straddle a fine line between frayed no wave and arty new wave. But it's in that confusion that the San Diego band ultimately excels, where they push forth a pleasant melodic guise even when it sounds like it's all about to crumble at any minute. One of the tracks off of their upcoming EP As Loud as I Can, "Days in Repetend", focuses on soft, lo-fi synth lines that are nestled in layers upon layers of reverb alongside sharply punctuated bass lines. This is all lead by singer Frank Mindingall, a compelling performer that knows how to transmit an anxious energy into his work with distinctive confidence. It doesn't hurt that you can kind of dance to it, too!

As Loud as I Can is due out on May 20 via Bleeding Gold Records. - Juan Rodríguez

 

May 11, 2016
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