A Year of Happiness, Joy and Sarcasm: My 2020 in Review

Absolutely nothing needs to be said about the year of our lord 2020 that hasn’t already been shouted from every social media platform like a shrieking alarm alerting us that the ship is sinking. We know. We’re all wet.  I will not remember 2020 as mask-clad because I didn’t take any photos while wearing one.  Every December, I reflect on the year through a short … Continue reading A Year of Happiness, Joy and Sarcasm: My 2020 in Review

Iconique’s Ovation EP honors disco’s past while simultaneously invigorating the future of the genre

Originally appeared on the 405, view archived article here.  When you hear Iconique’s new release, you will want to stand and applaud. The Los Angeles trio honors the original disco divas, embodying a genre that has been pulled and stretched in many directions recently. Iconique is known for putting on unforgettable live shows with the raw energy of the ‘70s and ‘80s, and much of that enthusiasm carries … Continue reading Iconique’s Ovation EP honors disco’s past while simultaneously invigorating the future of the genre

LA’s Mating Ritual delivers new album Hot Content and preps for North American tour

sngalbums: Photo Credit: Kevin Vinh Doan  Originally appeared on the 405, view archived article here.  A warning should come on Mating Ritual’s new record—like a Parental Advisory sticker, but spicier. It could resemble a chili pepper or a flame, or another universally accepted symbol for heat. That is, of course, because the LA-based duo’s third LP is a cache of Hot Content; fans can get … Continue reading LA’s Mating Ritual delivers new album Hot Content and preps for North American tour

Caring is not creepy, smileswithteeth declares with new LP

sngalbums: Originally appeared on the 405, view archived article here. Pop music is no stranger to indifference—well, that’s how it may seem on the surface. In late 2011, Drake revealed the title track of his then-forthcoming record, Take Care, which was a tender declaration of love and not a passive aggressive goodbye, as the title may suggest. The following year, Icona Pop and Charli XCX … Continue reading Caring is not creepy, smileswithteeth declares with new LP

slenderbodies honour the women in their lives with their new soraya EP

sngalbums: Originally appeared on the 405, view archived article here.  Benjamin Cormack and Aram Vehuni—Benji and Max familiarly—make up the dreamy California duo slenderbodies, who have just released a sweet, strawberry-tinted EP, soraya. They use each of the five tracks to confront something in their lives, touching topics like lust and wavering self-confidence. Their pastel aesthetic is on full display throughout, accentuated by the whisper-falsetto … Continue reading slenderbodies honour the women in their lives with their new soraya EP

The eponymous record from KNIGHTSTOWN is steel-clad and sensitive

sngalbums: Originally appeared on the 405, view archived article here.  Human memory is selective, favoring joyous moments in the margins of our lives. Why else would we buy the picture of our goofy faces on a roller coaster or bother with nature photography? We crave the butterflies that fill our bellies on momentous occasions, and KNIGHTSTOWN, also known as Michael Aston, has found a way … Continue reading The eponymous record from KNIGHTSTOWN is steel-clad and sensitive

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

Optimistic new record from Mamas Gun shines from beginning to end

sngalbums: Originally appeared on the 405, view archived article here.  “We have experienced Golden Days in the past and will experience them in the future,” recites Andy Platts of the London funk quintet, Mamas Gun. If that was not his mantra prior to the recording of their new album, It may well be now; this is of course where its title comes from. Platts’ relentless … Continue reading Optimistic new record from Mamas Gun shines from beginning to end

Life-sized imagery brings DONCAT’s new Preservation of the Spirit LP to life

sngalbums: Originally appeared on the 405. A mustachioed Duncan Nielsen is the mind behind DONCAT, having begun the project about six years ago. His last full-length effort was called Easy Cowboy, which demonstrated a more pastoral take on his evocative style of indie rock. Preservation may be more succinct than its predecessor but the emotion it channels is arguably more potent, once again able to … Continue reading Life-sized imagery brings DONCAT’s new Preservation of the Spirit LP to life