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.
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.
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 clicking through. Sometimes I just can’t help myself. I can get lost deep within Bandcamp’s tags for hours.
Focus your ears on the Wild Ones. The cutest thing my ears have heard in awhile, these guys create some of the sweetest dream pop. With their debut release, Keep It Safe, due out in early July via Portland’s Party Damage Records – be sure to hit play below.
When I say I love everything about ON AN ON’smusic video for their track, “The Hunter,” I mean everything.
From the abandoned setting, to the absolute recklessness caught on film, to the badass strut that our two long haired leads have..I dig it all. The climactic track lends well to the pyro stunts, actual ring of fire, and the obscene amount of head banging. It’s fucking fabulous.
Heard they recently killed it at the Gov’s Ball, be sure to check out the rest of their debut album, Give In.
New favorite thing. I can’t stop listening to the Brooklyn-based musician, Young Yeller. Nope, I’m pretty sure I just lost 30 minutes of my life clicking through his Soundcloud..and plenty more after this post.
Slowly Jesse Brickel has been dropping singles on us, teasing for a sure to be a solid Summer release. A percussionist at heart, he’s done a phenomenal job mixing and keeping things more on the minimal side. His single “War” shows the immense amount of control he’s got but I was actually way more impressed by track, “1st Love.”
He captures a Neon Indian/Washed Out vibe but hasn’t exactly over-saturated the market, he’s come out with a completely refreshing take on the genre. Currently gearing up for his debut LP release, be sure to check out the rest of his music here.