Dream Phases Show Maturity on New Single “To Walk Away” Ahead of September European Tour Originally appeared on Grimy Goods.  When I spoke to Brandon Graham a few months ago, he hinted at a plethora of upcoming material from his relatively new project, Dream Phases. Today, an album cycle is supposed to last months, where bands must coordinate social media campaigns with new assets all … Continue reading

Ride Josh Jacobson’s future beats WAVE via his new mixtape

Originally appeared on the 405, view archived article here.  Josh Jacobson is in transition. Last year he released his lush First Light EP last fall, and recently gave fans a taste of new music with the double A-side singles, ‘One You Need’ and ‘Violet’. He’s been working on a debut album, with which he hopes to showcase his vocals and songwriting more prominently than ever … Continue reading Ride Josh Jacobson’s future beats WAVE via his new mixtape

Have some grown-up fun with Phantastic Ferniture

Originally appeared on the 405, view archived article here.  Julia Jacklin has grown since her debut solo record, Don’t Let the Kids Win. With her new band Phantastic Ferniture, she sings of missed romantic opportunities and is happy to let life happen without allowing anxiety to impede. The Ferns (please let this nickname catch on) capitalize on lackadaisical adulthood rather than insatiable nostalgia.  Read more.  … Continue reading Have some grown-up fun with Phantastic Ferniture

Exploring Context for Imaad Wasif’s Lost-Then-Found Record, Great Eastern Sun

Originally appeared on Grimy Goods. Imaad Wasif often feels like he not of this world. His realm is not physical, though it is tangible. I had the opportunity to pose him some questions about his recent record, Great Eastern Sun, and his career in general to get a chance to understand him and the process behind his profoundly moving work. He shared insights on why … Continue reading Exploring Context for Imaad Wasif’s Lost-Then-Found Record, Great Eastern Sun

Find yourself with Isla Craig’s new LP The Becoming

Originally appeared on the 405, view archive article here.  DISCOVERY. A landmark album by Daft Punk. The name of the duo and LP by Rostam and Wesley Miles (of Ra Ra Riot). And the leading cause of existential crises for many other musicians. Today, we’ll reflect upon the journey of Isla Craig.  The Toronto-based artist’s new record is called The Becoming, and encompasses ideas of … Continue reading Find yourself with Isla Craig’s new LP The Becoming

A Hazy Shade of Winter

Photo by Jeff Leeds Cohn Originally appeared on LA Weekly. Though Winter advocates indulging in all forms of childlike ideation, what she sees in music is not strictly daydreams. She experiences synesthesia, where sounds are perceived as colors when the frequencies reach her brain. It contributes to her vivid life, which she views with unrelenting optimism. Winter goes through color phases, most recently having been … Continue reading A Hazy Shade of Winter

Get a taste of Paul Cherry’s Flavours

Originally appeared on the 405, view archived article here.  They say not to judge a book by its cover, but sometimes it’s hard to remain impartial! Take the art for Paul Cherry’s new album, Flavour: a random parallelogram in the background intersects with a Rolex Oyster bracelet, but instead of a normal watch face there is a cherry with a taichi symbol in its cross-section. … Continue reading Get a taste of Paul Cherry’s Flavours

A Steamer, a Cult, and Lauren Ruth Ward’s Debut Album

Originally appeared on the 405, view archived article here.  Lauren Ruth Ward stands in front of a mirror holding up a shimmering disco ensemble. We’re in the Echo’s green room joined by a few people that play in other bands on tonight’s bill, as well as some peripheral friends. It is the first night of Ward’s January residency and the two-piece suit and jacket on … Continue reading A Steamer, a Cult, and Lauren Ruth Ward’s Debut Album

Kacey Johansing No Longer Lives in Hiding

At the center of The Hiding is a lyric on the title track that gets at the heart of Kacey Johansing’s message. “Everyone keeps hiding what they long to find,” she sings, as if unveiling a universal truth that no one wants to admit that they knew. On this new record, she discusses relationships and love, often as an intrusive observer, though it could all … Continue reading Kacey Johansing No Longer Lives in Hiding

Dallas Acid’s Spa Hunter LP is an ASMR Wonder

sngalbums: Originally appeared on Grimy Goods.  I apologize in advance to anyone who is just learning about autonomous sensory meridian response from this piece. Once you start looking up examples of it on YouTube, you’ll never escape the black hole. The sensation is inexplicably pleasurable, described on Wikipedia as being “low-grade euphoria,” brought on by soft stimuli, such as whispers or ambient noises. Texas-based Dallas … Continue reading Dallas Acid’s Spa Hunter LP is an ASMR Wonder