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

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

Tel Aviv’s post-rock group Bones Garage debuts Oi Ma Yeah

sngalbums: Originally appeared on the 405, view archived article here.  As the band suggests, the themes of Oi Ma Yeah are broad and difficult to parse. The musicality of it makes this a fun album to decipher over the course of many listens. The journey is haphazard—synthpop accents and shoegaze noise and provocative prose all make brief appearances across the eleven tracks. The album’s namesake … Continue reading Tel Aviv’s post-rock group Bones Garage debuts Oi Ma Yeah

Freedom Candlemaker welcomes the light into his new record

sngalbums: Photo by Filep Motwary. Originally appeared on the 405, view archived article here.  Lefteris Moumtzis is emotionally sovereign. The Cypriot musician uses the direct English translation of his name as his moniker, which becomes the first evidence of his liberty: Freedom Candlemaker. His new record, though far from his first foray into music, is the debut under this name; called Beaming Light, it represents a … Continue reading Freedom Candlemaker welcomes the light into his new record

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

THE WLDLFE shake off their insecurities on their new LP, I’m Not Worried Anymore

sngalbums: Originally appeared on the 405, view archived article here.  I’m Not Worried Anymore is certainly danceable, if rather predictable: eleven tracks with shallow layers, but layers nonetheless, that delve into friendship, life, and love. The album opens on one of its highest octane tracks, ‘Headache,’ setting a high bar that is consistently met by the band’s infectious production. Other tracks from the album are … Continue reading THE WLDLFE shake off their insecurities on their new LP, I’m Not Worried Anymore

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