Duo Jacklen Ro Leave Idyllwild Behind on New Single “Hollywood (I’m Good)”

Originally appeared on Grimy Goods.  The duo of Caelen Perkins and Jacqueline Giroux will bring sunshine to the dreariest overcast sky. Performing as Jacklen Ro, the SoCal pair are gearing up to release a new EP, til there was you. In the meantime, they have put out a single called “Hollywood (I’m Good)” to whet the appetite; it’s a confident, jangly mantra that makes it … Continue reading Duo Jacklen Ro Leave Idyllwild Behind on New Single “Hollywood (I’m Good)”

Valley Boy – “Sad Girl”

Valley Boy’s New Single “Sad Girl” Will Bring a Smile to Your Face Originally appeared on Grimy Goods.  It is common to fear change, but what about the terror of monotony? Local duo Valley Boy debuted their latest single about taking risks in a relationship, and it’s all based on a true story. Fans of Magic Bronson and Mating Ritual will appreciate James and Ian’s … Continue reading Valley Boy – “Sad Girl”

Glimmers of Sunlight Shine On Unstabile’s Early 2020 LP

Glimmers is a special record that hits each note exactly, both musically and emotionally. In creating this record, Unstabile (say: un-stuh-beel), a native of Western Massachusetts, told Vanyaland, “I was more shaped by absence”: an absence of sunlight, sound, and community, they further specified. Glimmers is a response to that absence, containing all the sorrowful joy and joyful sorrow of a lonesome life. (Released on … Continue reading Glimmers of Sunlight Shine On Unstabile’s Early 2020 LP

Recent Synthwave Singles Push Khuê Into Pastel Bedroom Pop Territory

Originally appeared on Grimy Goods.  With the turn of the calendar comes new goals and fresh experiences. For Khuê, 2021, or more specifically the next album he releases, will serve as a milestone in his career. The SoCal musician has made music for years, but his recent singles are the only he has released that feature his singing voice. Both “Disappear” and “I Didn’t Know” … Continue reading Recent Synthwave Singles Push Khuê Into Pastel Bedroom Pop Territory

Princess Chelsea clinches the title of Loneliest Girl on her new album

sngalbums: Originally appeared on the 405.  For her new album cover, Chelsea Nikkel sits among overgrown wildflowers hugging her knees to her chest while shooting the camera a grin. Pastels adorn her and butterflies float around her feet. But the first thing you may notice are her searing red eyes. Read more.  Princess Chelsea | buy The Loneliest Girl | website | Facebook | Twitter | … Continue reading Princess Chelsea clinches the title of Loneliest Girl on her new album

Megadead presents melancholy on Benjamin Shaw’s terms

sngalbums: Photo by Aisha Latosski Originally appeared on the 405, view archived article here.  You can cry if it’s your party, but what about when you’re just the guest? Benjamin Shaw encourages you to embrace reclusivity. He’s a musician with many facets, and on his new album, Megadead, he puts his left-field gloom to work. As part of the DIY, bedroom producer scene, Shaw’s biggest statements … Continue reading Megadead presents melancholy on Benjamin Shaw’s terms

Cloud wallows in sensitivity while celebrating life on Plays with Fire

sngalbums: Photo Credit: Carson Lund Originally appeared on the 405, view archived article here.  When you play with fire, you’re supposed to get burned. But what if you’re careful with fire? Even when handling flames with your most serious demeanor, it’s still possible to get hurt. At least, that’s what can be learned from Cloud’s sensitive and joyous new album. On the band’s nine-track effort … Continue reading Cloud wallows in sensitivity while celebrating life on Plays with Fire

Fighting for civil liberties and sad beats with Gadget and the Cloud

sngalbums: Originally appeared on the 405, view archived article here.  Math and music, the two universal languages. One exists in a vacuum without room for empathy, and the other is colored by just about every emotion an artist can muster. Often we focus on the sadness of music, especially in cases where circumstances are inherently upsetting (A Crow Looked at Me, Carrie & Lowell). Seeing … Continue reading Fighting for civil liberties and sad beats with Gadget and the Cloud

Eden Iris – “Blue Home”

Eden Iris Longs for an Ease of Domestic Tension on New Rendition of “Blue Home” Originally appeared on Grimy Goods.  When one has a crush, it is natural to fantasize about a life together. That typically means imagining oneself in their home, or vice versa; now that our immediate surroundings have become our entire reality, that has become a more intimate portrait than ever before. … Continue reading Eden Iris – “Blue Home”