Benibu drives progress through his new charity project

Originally appeared on the 405, view archived article here. Climate change is real. I live in Los Angeles where only a handful of miles from me in any direction, wildfires are raging because of unseasonably warm temperatures amid still-dry brush from California’s severe drought; I also used to live in Miami, Florida, a city that is rapidly sinking into the ocean as ice caps melt … Continue reading Benibu drives progress through his new charity project

The Lone Bureaucrat debuts new video from Final Reset LP, out now on Type-0

Originally appeared on the 405, view archived article here. A new label based in Leipzig wants you to send them your music so they can release it, no questions asked. Type-0 was launched by partners James M. Holt and Juliette De Momigny and aims to give independent artists a platform to share their work; it really is that simple. They just put out their very … Continue reading The Lone Bureaucrat debuts new video from Final Reset LP, out now on Type-0

Gain a fresh perspective with Odessey & Oracle’s new album, Speculatio

Originally appeared on the 405, view archived article here.  Speculatio boasts a melting pot of influences, maintaining its heavy flutes and harps while introducing beeps and hums that change the album’s perspective. Even with my limited knowledge of French, it is evident that motifs in the lyrics also tie into the conspicuously psychedelic instrumentation. The story on this concept album is bookended with goddesses and … Continue reading Gain a fresh perspective with Odessey & Oracle’s new album, Speculatio

Exploring Light in Darkness with Big City Cough

Our most important life moments happen at night. It is a time of freedom. A time for moments of self-reflection. For expressions of love, internal and external. For quiet meditation. Toronto-native Sean Beresford, aka Big City Cough, channeled this wide-ranging, labyrinthine feeling into an entire record of ambient guitar picking, and aptly called it Born at Night. Beresford prides himself on being a night owl. … Continue reading Exploring Light in Darkness with Big City Cough

The Weather Station Eased the Pain of LA’s World Series Loss at the Bootleg

Originally appeared on Grimy Goods.  Walking up to the Bootleg Theater last Wednesday night, the streets were quiet. Acoustic guitar was the main feature of the night, with emphasis placed on what felt like each individual string for both acts; James Elkington needed little else aside from the instrument and his voice, though The Weather Station performed as a four piece band for the majority … Continue reading The Weather Station Eased the Pain of LA’s World Series Loss at the Bootleg

Ambient is the Spirit of Music

Úlfur The world finds itself fortunate to experience new records by Alessandro Cortini and Úlfur side by side. Their simultaneous creation is coincidental, as well as their nearby release dates, but in tandem they unlock the interminable beauty of the quotidian. Walk outside when the sun is highest. Close your eyes and let the shadows of trees flicker the light shining through your eyelids. You … Continue reading Ambient is the Spirit of Music

Gyda Valtysdottir Reinterprets Classical Compositions as Modern Masterpieces

I always felt I had done myself a disservice by not listening to more classical music in my youth. I suppose popular opinion in high school says that it’s boring, but the band nerds always knew: classical music is actually the most dramatic. The new record from múm contributor, Gyda Valtysdottir titled Epicycle was a great opportunity for me to not only immerse myself in … Continue reading Gyda Valtysdottir Reinterprets Classical Compositions as Modern Masterpieces

Pixx Pushes Pop to the Extreme on The Age of Anxiety

The new record from British artist Pixx came out earlier this summer, but it seems to become more relevant across the pond every day. It is titled The Age of Anxiety, but feels less like popping a Xanax and more like an impending technicolor panic attack. Pixx pushes pop music to the extreme, and it pays off in this well-crafted, repeat-worthy LP.  Two years ago, … Continue reading Pixx Pushes Pop to the Extreme on The Age of Anxiety

A New Era of Sego

Originally appeared on Grimy Goods.  As we discussed their upcoming release, it became clear that nothing about the band has intrinsically changed, but that they were able to push themselves further while recording in Canada. Petersen even mentioned that they had recorded a few ballads. “We realized after it was all done, we made a Wings record,” joked Carroll. When asked for more specifics, the … Continue reading A New Era of Sego