Orchestral Pop group Freedom Baby grows up with their new EP

Originally appeared on the 405, view archived article here.  On their new EP, Freedom Baby analyze anxiety, and manage to find the light at the end of the tunnel. The band is a nine-piece orchestral pop group, affectionately called “ork pop,” led by partners Eric and Brianna. The duo initially set out to make music that relied more on synths than glockenspiels, but something about … Continue reading Orchestral Pop group Freedom Baby grows up with their new EP

******** Drinks to Cope with a Mad World

Originally appeared on the 405, view archived article here.  Both Ormston and Ω have established reputations for making music way outside the box, so their collaboration here makes perfect sense. What they managed to create together expands on what they both were already good at, adding effects like canned laughter or scratchy recordings of Christmas carols and film dialogue where appropriate. It often feels more … Continue reading ******** Drinks to Cope with a Mad World

Rosehardt works out a crisis of faith on new single, announces LP

Originally premiered on the 405, view archived article here. Today Rosehardt announces the release of his debut album, Songs in the Key of Solitude, on Styles Upon Styles Records, due out April 6. In the album teaser (below), watch a spoken word piece that he recites directly to the camera, but really to himself. SUS provides some information about the release, emphasizing that Rosehardt is … Continue reading Rosehardt works out a crisis of faith on new single, announces LP

Cloud wallows in sensitivity while celebrating life on Plays with Fire

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 titled … Continue reading Cloud wallows in sensitivity while celebrating life on Plays with Fire

Denitia honors the resilience of struggling artists on new single “Special”

Originally premiered on the 405, view archived article here.  Since last April, we haven’t heard much from the electro-pop duo denitia and sene. But fans haven’t exactly been deprived of new music; Denitia dropped a seven-track solo EP called Ceilings just three months later. She never was one to wait too long between releases, having been active in some capacity for almost a decade now, … Continue reading Denitia honors the resilience of struggling artists on new single “Special”

Teen Ravine glow in their new clip for “Hall of Horrors”

Originally appeared on the 405, view archived article here.  Toronto-based duo Teen Ravine are gearing up to put out their debut LP, and have a new video for their soft indie rock single ‘Hall of Horrors’ to share ahead of its release. The song was written when both bandmates were re-adjusting to the outside world: one was acclimating to life outside a dark room, where … Continue reading Teen Ravine glow in their new clip for “Hall of Horrors”

“max” and his terrible, no good, ‘Shitty Ass Day’

Originally appeared on the 405, view archived article here.  Named after the Maurice Sendak character from Where the Wild Things Are, “max” is the DIY project of New York-based Sebastien Labossiere, a student who creates music in his spare time. … The first few seconds of the new track drone ominously, setting the tone well for a song called “Shitty Ass Day.” The tale is told … Continue reading “max” and his terrible, no good, ‘Shitty Ass Day’

Her Own Imposter: A Conversation with Dresage

Originally appeared on the 405, view archived article here.  “Do you ever feel like you’re just an impersonation of yourself?” Keeley Bumford, an LA-based musician who goes by the moniker Dresage, peers at me over a cup of coffee as I fumble with my phone. We’re discussing the use of visuals in her new project, and I’m trying to show her a music video, though … Continue reading Her Own Imposter: A Conversation with Dresage

Entering the World of Oddnesse

Originally appeared on Grimy Goods.  Oddnesse is the duo of Rebeca Arango and Grey Goon (aka Doug Walters). Arango describes their songs as co-written, though the project came about after she had been working on some song ideas on her own and needed help with production. Like many music endeavors sprouted in LA, their introduction was happenstance but the music cemented the connection. Their debut … Continue reading Entering the World of Oddnesse