Oakland’s very own Trails and Ways already take hold with their ethnic-styled dream pop that’s ripe with heavy bossa nova influences. And now their visuals do just the same.
It may be the start of December but my mind is set on travel and the world abroad, and thankfully, the band’s newest video for their track, “Tereza,” is the perfect remedy. Gorgeous blue water, vibrant reef life, and those gentle female vocals take me somewhere else. Hit play above and find yourself lost.
Part 1: “Tiger and Traveler”
3 Side of the Highway
4 Unicycles and All
6 One Step, Another Step
This first part is the true heart of the album. The composing and recording took place over a two year period. It features many new instruments and a more organic feel. “Tiger and Traveler” is based on a short story written by my sister and I.
Part 2: “The Unheard Parade”
7 The Unheard Parade
8 Observation Wheel
This two song EP was originally released in May of 2012, and it is a result of a more spontaneous and faster paced composing/recording process. Watch the making of “The Unheard Parade” here.vimeo.com/41174018
Part 3: “Moriah”
9 I Hear the City Call
10 Trees and Light
The third part of the album is the score to a short film titled “Moriah.” This film was written and directed by Laura Rudat, and is currently being entered in film festivals.
One thing I’ve learned about Stone’s Throw Records, is that you should always trust Stone’s Throw Records. Their ever-expanding line-up is solid for a reason.
From the very first listen of those wavering synths followed by such a light and dreamy guitar line, I knew my ears were in for quite the treat when I hit play on Boardwalks’ debut single, “I’m To Blame.” Amber Quintero’s hazy vocals drift ever so naturally over the entire production.
I’m also pleased to say, we’re not left with just one lonely single. Their full length is more than just hazy lo-fi. Leading track, “I’m Not Myself,” has a steady rhythm and such rich guitar – I could play this song on loops for days. Less is more in this case and Boardwalk shows fabulous restraint from adding too much to the mix.
What I think makes me love these guys more is their backstory. From a simple introduction from mutual friends, the two decided to test their quickly-accelerating chemistry via the open road. From there, “I’m Not Myself,” was born, and so was the rest of a hopefully long-lasting musical relationship.
I’ve got to say, as diverse as the online audio scene is the Soundcloud community still seems to be one of my most favorite places to explore sounds. And the drop box feature is a beautiful thing.
“Just Real” starts out murky and underwater, slowly bringing layer upon layer to the forefront. I like the subtle wonkiness, nothing that really strips away from the song structure.
I stumbled upon EtheRealsomewhere deep inside my inbox – an artist based out of Daly City who’s got an immense amount of love for the sample-based beat scene. It’s been fun to hear new takes on this genre who’s spectrum is continually growing.
Ever since a friend threw Trails and Way’s track, “Como Te Vas,” I knew I was going to lose quite some time digging through their entire catalogue of music. These Californians are bright, energetic, and take your ears to a distant place.
Snappy rhythms, surfy guitars, and fabulous back and forth vocals keep your limbs moving to a tropical beat. Having just released their EP, Trilingual, be sure to catch a couple of my favorite tracks from the album and head over to their Facebook page for plenty of free downloads.
I love everything about holychild’s music video for their bouncy Summer tune, “Best Friends.” From the wide angle shots, to the late afternoon shadows, to the beautiful and desolate setting of Bombay Beach, California – the entire production is absolutely solid.
From DC to LA, holychild seems to be moving at an exorbitant rate. Learn more about the group here, and be sure to keep tabs on these guys – I’m excited to see what comes next.
BONUS: The location alone in “Best Friends” reminded me of the interesting documentary titled Bombay Beachwhich tells of local’s tales and features some incredible music. I believe it’s on Netflix too..