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.
The harmonies alone that come from the Aussie female trio, Little May, are enough on their own to have won me over. But, their visual combination is what really gets me.
They seem to convey exactly what they want to evoke out of each single they choose. “Hide” falls right in line with its climactic story line that builds and builds and then finally seems to reach its natural peak. I like how clear-cut the characters actions appear, how definitive and planned everything feels. And the bonfire at the end is a little wild.
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.
Now it’s truly starting to feel like Fall. I love this time of year, I love the rush of the colder seasons. Something about the crisp air always makes me feel more alive.
Today I’m really digging Melbourne-based quartet, Sleepy Dreamers, who just released their new single, “Bike Song.” Easy going melodies, soft harmonies, and loose guitar chords. I’m all in on this one, enjoy.