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.
LoOmis is a blend of math rock and psychedelic electronic music that’s so lo-fi and hazy, you get swept up in it all. Released earlier this year, Melt Away is an album that fuses beats and simple guitars into something extremely listenable. Check out his eerie vid for the song, “I Cast A Spell,” and nab the track below.
almed female vocals, Coke Weed escape the realm of today’s overly produced song. Hailing from Maine, this 5 piece takes us back to a classic era and has absolutely no qualms about it.
I love the simple guitar lines and forthright questions in their first single “Magpie,” off their upcoming release, Nice Dreams. If you can’t wait til that fine album drops then be sure to head over to their main site and grab COKE WEED VOLUME ONE. Hi-fi loving it.
I love when bedroom-DIY projects just blow up. Simply a couple of years ago in California, Justin Vallesteros started tinkering with layering synths and guitar lines that would eventually lay down the entire foundation for his group, Craft Spells.
Now, after the power of the internet and music blogs, Craft Spells has emerged from a solo mission to one with four stable members. Steadily making a name for himself, Justin harnesses an ethereal lo-fi sound that lightly glazes the surface of outstanding, tight dream-pop. “Party Talk” stands as a C.S. original; a stepping stone and a careful look back in the history of the band’s growth while “Beauty Above All” and “After The Moment” are products of their debut album, Idle Labor, that was released earlier this year.
I know what you’re saying..another guy who thinks he’s a mash-up master. You should know me better then that though, I won’t disappoint.
Kids & Explosions is Josh Raskin’s mash-up project which sparked from his work as a DJ.
This type of music is something that has a hard time keeping my attention. Believe it or not, there’s actually a bit too much going on in these type of songs for me to really want to wrap my head around it. But man, this guy is crafty. He can create entire songs, not just ultra-hyper songs that switch samples faster then you can even recognize them.
He’s got some skill…go ahead check out his debut, Shit Computer. If you’re into anything from the mash-up genre you will dig this guy, especially if you love yourself some Notorious.