Scott Orr’s Worried Mind is a peaceful welcome for winter

sngalbums: Originally appeared on the 405.  The newest release on earnest Ontario label Other Songs is a fitting welcome for winter. I felt lucky to finally experience it myself when I left the desert to visit the midwest this past weekend. Snow fell for an hour in Minneapolis on my final day in the city; the neighborhood where I was staying was quiet save for … Continue reading Scott Orr’s Worried Mind is a peaceful welcome for winter

Sadness and self-reflection fuel Loyal Lobos’ new EP

sngalbums: Originally appeared on the 405, view archived article here.  Andrea Silva is not quite a lone wolf, but her new EP oozes with solitude and melancholy. She creates music under the moniker Loyal Lobos and is currently based in Los Angeles after departing her home country of Colombia several years ago. It was the demise of a relationship that sent her couch surfing and … Continue reading Sadness and self-reflection fuel Loyal Lobos’ new EP

Dive Headfirst Into Loma’s Mesmerizing Sophomore LP Don’t Shy Away

Photo by Bryan C. Parker Originally appeared on Grimy Goods.  “Art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize truth,” Pablo Picasso told The Arts reporter Marius de Zayas in 1923. More recently, in the spring of 2018, Loma revealed their own untruth at the Bootleg as part of a tour for their eponymous debut album. Even more lies await on their … Continue reading Dive Headfirst Into Loma’s Mesmerizing Sophomore LP Don’t Shy Away

Pander Sera Deviates From Her Own Deviations on Errant LP [Excerpts from an Interview]

The original interview appears on Grimy Goods. The introduction is reprinted in part below. The conversation that follows is a continuation of that article.  After establishing her own rhythms, Pander Sera is ready to shake everything up again. Last spring, the Los Angeles noise artist, also known as Swan, released Bothy, a raucous explosion of percussion and wit. The sound of that record was unified … Continue reading Pander Sera Deviates From Her Own Deviations on Errant LP [Excerpts from an Interview]

Holding Out for a Hero

Holding out for a Hero? Tunde Olaniran Comes to Save the Day Photo Credit: Bre’Ann White Originally appeared on Grimy Goods. Hailing from Flint, Michigan, Tunde Olaniran is an adept singer whose range seems boundless. They have been known to quickly change from heavenly falsetto to gruff hip hop bars on a dime. Their thematically-rich 2018 record Stranger supplied plenty of varying rhythms to exercise … Continue reading Holding Out for a Hero

Bartees Strange Covers The National to Subvert the White Indie Scene on Say Goodbye to Pretty Boy EP

Photo Credit: Bao Ngo Originally appeared on Grimy Goods.  The phrase ‘representation matters’ has gained popularity of late, a rallying cry that accompanies demands that Hollywood diversify casting. Though the symptoms are different, an issue of representation persists today in the music industry as well. The ratio of white executives to executives of color at the most powerful companies is troublingly high, but even setting … Continue reading Bartees Strange Covers The National to Subvert the White Indie Scene on Say Goodbye to Pretty Boy EP

“Mithras” Music Video Reveals a Morsel of the Technicolor Universe on Vinyl Williams’ Azure LP

Originally appeared on Grimy Goods. After the last couple weeks, I’m about ready to jettison off this planet. The successful SpaceX launch certainly makes the idea tempting. If you are similarly seeking an escape, look out for Azure, the brand new record from Vinyl Williams out now. The local psych artist, né Lionel Williams, has created not just one but 11 new worlds on the … Continue reading “Mithras” Music Video Reveals a Morsel of the Technicolor Universe on Vinyl Williams’ Azure LP

Sounds of Self-Isolation Define Das Kope’s Debut LP, Where I Live

Originally appeared on Grimy Goods.  For anyone who was concerned that the stay-at-home order would dampen the sound of summer, worry no more. The Brazil-born, LA-based musician Das Kope has been steadily releasing sunny shoegaze singles since 2018; his contributions on guitar alone are entrancing. Now we finally see the release of his debut full-length album, Where I Live, a fuzzy fantasy experienced from afar. … Continue reading Sounds of Self-Isolation Define Das Kope’s Debut LP, Where I Live

frogi Wants to Topple the Industry’s Boys’ Club With Powerful Bedroom Pop

Originally appeared on Grimy Goods.  LA’s frogi is filled with contrasts but not contradictions. The songwriter and producer recently released a bedroom pop EP titled Introvert. It is restrained and quiet, tied together with a strong motif of love, though probably not the love you’re thinking of. Her stories are nuanced and sensitive, but that is not what defines her. She is a formidable artist, … Continue reading frogi Wants to Topple the Industry’s Boys’ Club With Powerful Bedroom Pop

The Space Wanderer and TTilawok align perfectly as Rymdeko

There are still many things to celebrate despite time feeling like it’s come to a halt. For instance, Postseason Franchise Records has just issued its very first vinyl release; the pressing is the debut EP from the new project of label founders Nicholas Comaratta and TJ Perrin (aka The Space Wanderer and TTilawok, respectively). They named the project and the EP Rymdeko, which translates to … Continue reading The Space Wanderer and TTilawok align perfectly as Rymdeko