Brooklyn by way of Scranton’s Kyle Wall, aka Wharfer, writes music that wisps the listener to another place and time. Maybe that place is a back porch, a campfire, or an empty saloon that smells of stale beer, whiskey, and cigarettes. Dusty, lo-fi, and hauntingly beautiful; listening to these songs creates an extreme intimacy with the artist. It’s like you’re right there with him, and for this country folk style, it’s just the way it should be.
Listen below and be on the lookout for the full length album, The Rattling, on August 27th.
Two things I hold a strong affinity for are my dear homies in the band Laser Sex and the band Pink Floyd. A neato fact joining the two together is that Mike Nasser (of Laser Sex) and I both agree that out of any group of all the “classic” era bands and groups that are no longer together, hands down, Pink Floyd would be the band we would both choose to go back and see.
ANOTHER neato fact further joining the two bands together is that Laser Sex just dropped this groovin’ ass crisp re-mix of Pink Floyd’s classic “Another Brick in the Wall.” It still holds true to the original with samples throughout but it’s got this fantastic updated smooth-electro feel to it. Give it a listen and download below. And, for most optimum supremium listening experience, put on some warm headphones and get locked in.
This warms my little pop-punk heart, oh yes it does.
A Fire With Friends takes us back to when songs were gut-checks and dripping with subdued angsty emotion and powerful guitar riffs. No synths or electronics, just a cliche love interest and no hesitation of singing about her.
I love the strained and pleading vocals in their song, “Electric Chair Blues,” off last year’s release, Like Giants Sleeping In Basements. Refreshingly nostalgic and a must listen, right-click and download the track below.
I’ve generally refrained from using this as a forum to promote my endeavors, but I guess that sort of ended when I started posting up mixes for Carrot Creative…
So, that being said. I’d like to introduce you to my boys (now) What’s Protocol? fam, Scranton, PA’s Laser Sex.
The electronic/jamtronic outfit came together back in the Fall of 2009 and have been hard at work honing their sound and skills both in and outside of the studio. To date, they have released2 EPs (available for free or pay what you can) and are currently working on another to be released by the end of the year.
Originally starting as an in-studio duo, the group has gone through some lineup changes over the past two years and now finds itself as a foursome. With the core of the group being MikeNasser (on bass, guitar, and synths) and Jeff Felkowski (on guitar, synths, and Kaoss Pad) and now featuring Rich Hartranft of One.Man.And on drums as well as a revolving sit-in keyboard player (occasionally Zach Cole of RougeChimp and Angelo Miraglia of SUICAUDIO) the group has really filled out their sound.
The group is (as of TODAY!!!) heading up North for a little adventure and has two shows in the New England area (details below). They are also currently in the top 8 bands out of 64 submitted in the running to win The Untz Challenge 2. Needless to say, Team Laser Sex has a lot going on and the future is looking increasingly bright for this group. Don’t sleep on them!
Check some tunes and a special announcement about the shows below: