Alina is a singer, multi-instrumentalist, and dancer making progressive pop music in Los Angeles. In live performances over the past year, Alina and her band combine the sophistication of acts like Bjork and St. Vincent with the raw power of artists like Kate Bush and Fiona Apple. Alina’s background in dance contributes to a live show that transcends the expected.
She recently released a group of singles, a preview of her forthcoming album, on New Professor Music. Collaborating with producer and composer Theo Karon (Robert Gomez, Cross Record, Idlewild, Liphemra), she has vastly expanded the scope and ambition of her work, drawing new influence from experimental synthesis, electronics, and the classical avant-garde. As her lyrics explore and challenge the darkness within and without, startling and complex textures drawn from acoustic instruments mesh seamlessly with experiments in timbre and tone to form a body of work that is both direct and intricate.
Grimy Goods hailed her recent residency at The Bootleg Theater as a performance that "permanently raised the bar for all bar performances in the city of Los Angeles" and stated that she has the "rare potential to become one of this city’s landmark artists before the end of the decade." She was also listed as one of 20 Bands to Watch in 2017 by Buzzbands.la.
SPELES, the moniker of Los Angeles based singer/songwriter Kathryn Baar, is preparing
to release her second EP titled Skeleton Coast I. The name, which was inspired by the
desolate stretch of animal bones and shipwrecks along the coast of Namibia, actually
refers to her life in LA. “I developed a lot of anxiety, depression, and health issues when I
moved to the west coast after college and it felt like the perfect title to represent those
experiences. There’s also something really spooky and primal about the sound of it,
which are elements I like to play with in my music.”
Recorded in 10 days with the majority of help from producer Sonny DiPerri (Animal
Collective, Emma Ruth Rundle) and collaborator and multi-instrumentalist Luc Laurent,
the EP sonically ranges from stomp-y and tribal driven songs like “Teach Me How to
Pray” and “Dead in the Water” to the delicate and haunting apocalyptic-esque guitar
vocal track “Wildfire.” “ I grew a lot in the making of this EP. I felt like I had dialed in
the sound I was trying to create as an artist and also, for the first time, I did a ton of preproduction
with Luc before recording in the studio. I’ve become a much stronger and
more efficient producer and arranger because of it.”
Thematically the EP touches on topics of perseverance, introspection, and hard truths.
“Dead in the Water” is reminiscent of the Marcus Aurelius quote, “The impediment to
action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.” “A lot of times people
may think that they’re not in control of their own lives, or they feel easily defeated when
faced with obstacles. But every one of us has the power and capability to overcome
whatever stands in our way if we recognize that and learn to become resourceful. “Light
Me on Fire” is a bluesy surf-rock style song about supporting someone you care about
even if it wears on you, with a wailing choir chorus that sings “...even when it hurts, light
me on fire and let me burn.”
SPELLES first gained attention in 2014 when her - at the time unreleased- single “Bird in
a Cage” was synced on the show Pretty Little Liars. This powerful gang vocal and
percussion style beast of a song caused Baar to receive a flood of emails from fans of the
show saying they loved the song and wanted to know where they could buy it. "It was my
first experience with exposure on such a large scale and I was deeply grateful for the
overwhelmingly positive response.” Her self-titled debut followed in 2015 with the eerie
orchestral ballad "Wild Heart” and the bluesy Rib Cage - which Consequence of Sound
stated, “If this is what Baar sounds like when she feels she’s not “good enough,” she must
leave a wake of wreckage when she gets a confidence boost.” Following the release she
did a college radio campaign, became part of the Feed the Beat team, got more syncs, and
played shows in the LA area, opening for acts such as LP and most recently Skott.
If Kate Bush was David Byrne's conjoined twin and the siblings were raised on the nuked out paradise of Bikini Atoll and creatively weaned on a Broadway stage, the result would be MRK.
Madison Rene Knapp, as she's otherwise known, carries an aesthetic that's as confident as it is slippery-to-define. Her tunes use electronic palates to create indie-rock influenced, bombastic theatrical anthems that sing with levity and creativity while always keeping sinister undertones simmering in the undertow.
Her debut video, for "River of Blood," captures what she's all about - The ugly and the beautiful all in one, harmonizing in cacophony.
LA native "L I T R O N I X" (formerly N.O.W.) one-man sound system invents a vibrant, futuristic, new and unique pop sound infusing warm analog electronics, organic guitars, layered loops and boxed beats.
Litronix upcoming album, "Pump The Gas", is recorded and produced by Avi Zahner (Avi Buffalo) and will be released in early 2015