frogi Wants to Topple the Industry’s Boys’ Club With Powerful Bedroom Pop

Originally appeared on Grimy Goods.  LA’s frogi is filled with contrasts but not contradictions. The songwriter and producer recently released a bedroom pop EP titled Introvert. It is restrained and quiet, tied together with a strong motif of love, though probably not the love you’re thinking of. Her stories are nuanced and sensitive, but that is not what defines her. She is a formidable artist, … Continue reading frogi Wants to Topple the Industry’s Boys’ Club With Powerful Bedroom Pop

The Landing gleams with optimism on new single “Lustre”

Originally appeared on the 405, view archived article here.  Greatness doesn’t rest. As Brooklyn producer and self-proclaimed amateur astronomer The Landing reminds in his encouraging new single, “you can do anything you put your mind to.” His new single ‘Lustre’ will appear on An Anthem for the Optimistic, the artist’s new EP coming this March. The song supports the mission of optimism with danceable space … Continue reading The Landing gleams with optimism on new single “Lustre”

Smoke Season’s new video is an aptly absurd metaphor for their circumstances

Originally appeared on the 405, view archived article here.  The passion shared between Smoke Season’s Gabby Bianco and Jay Rosen spills into their music. It will be a central theme on their forthcoming record titled Sensudentity, which will include their recent single, ‘Hot Damn’. Keeping with the motif, the band said the song “is about your lust hitting a fever pitch during a wet, hot … Continue reading Smoke Season’s new video is an aptly absurd metaphor for their circumstances

Adeline Hotel embraces contradiction and nostalgia on Away Together

Photo Credit: Chris Bernabeo Originally appeared on the 405; view archived article here.  As Dan Knishkowy, aka Adeline Hotel, explains in his new record, life is filled with contradictions. Called Away Together, it is his third solo LP, though he has lent a hand on a few other recent releases such as Ian Wayne’s A Place Where Nothing Matters and Lung Cycles’ self-titled album. Knishkowy’s … Continue reading Adeline Hotel embraces contradiction and nostalgia on Away Together

Sadness and self-reflection fuel Loyal Lobos’ new EP

Originally appeared on the 405, view archived article here.  Andrea Silva is not quite a lone wolf, but her new EP oozes with solitude and melancholy. She creates music under the moniker Loyal Lobos and is currently based in Los Angeles after departing her home country of Colombia several years ago. It was the demise of a relationship that sent her couch surfing and into … Continue reading Sadness and self-reflection fuel Loyal Lobos’ new EP

Trabants Bring Back the Spaghetti Western With New LP, Nel Cuore Di Una Terra Selvaggia

Originally appeared on Grimy Goods.  The last we saw of Trabants, they were playing a set at Echo Park Rising back in August. It turns out that well before then, the band’s leader, Eric Penna, had begun working on a new album. That album, which emulates spaghetti westerns of the 1960’s, is finally finished after a painstaking process, and is officially out now.  Read more.  … Continue reading Trabants Bring Back the Spaghetti Western With New LP, Nel Cuore Di Una Terra Selvaggia

Ian Wayne’s New Album is a Cynical Delight

Photo by Julian Master Originally appeared on Grimy Goods. The cynicism of Ian Wayne’s new album is evident from its title. A Place Where Nothing Matters is out today and deals with hopelessness and disinterest via unique songwriting that feels more like poetry than lyrics. This LP follows his lofi At Home EP from last summer, which itself was a reinvention of his career; he … Continue reading Ian Wayne’s New Album is a Cynical Delight

Honors & the Significance of Feel-ing Better

Originally appeared on the 405 as “The 405 Meets Honors”; view archived article here.  Honors, a Toronto-based band not-so-coincidentally named after a virtue, values qualities like trust, perseverance, and brotherhood. Yet their new album was borne of vices. The alternative pop group just released Feel Better, a moving 9-track LP written during what began as a dark moment, particularly for lead vocalist Patrick Gillett. Depression … Continue reading Honors & the Significance of Feel-ing Better

Scott Orr’s Worried Mind is a peaceful welcome for winter

Originally appeared on the 405.  The newest release on earnest Ontario label Other Songs is a fitting welcome for winter. I felt lucky to finally experience it myself when I left the desert to visit the midwest this past weekend. Snow fell for an hour in Minneapolis on my final day in the city; the neighborhood where I was staying was quiet save for the … Continue reading Scott Orr’s Worried Mind is a peaceful welcome for winter