Art student Jessica Ramsey and island-raised Andrew Martin’s collaboration began in a small horse stable home in the back swamps of Louisiana in 2013. Within two weeks of meeting, the two declared each other “musical soul mates,” and Moon Honey was born. Their vigorous work ethic and unorthodox approach to songwriting culminated in the critically acclaimed debut album Hand-Painted Dream Photographs, mixed by Greg Saunier of Deerhoof. The unlikely collision of Bjork-esque melodies with late 60’s inspired, freak-out guitar riffs landed the band in The New York Times, NOISEY, and NPR, launching a number of cross country tour performances including an in-studio KEXP session and official SXSW showcases featured on NPR’s Top 100 Acts.
After garnering a vigilant west coast following, the pair relocated from Baton Rouge to Los Angeles in 2015. In a short period of time, the group released the single “Boy Magic” dubbed “Splendid prog-pop” by Amoeba Records, playing L.A. venues such as The Echo and Bootleg Theater with shows presented by L.A. Weekly and BuzzbandsLA. Inspired by their current tropical terrain and the outlandish culture surrounding the project, the band has just recorded a new album helmed by John Goodmanson (Blonde Redhead, Sleater Kinney, Death Cab) to be released in 2017.
Black Flamingo began as an idea that danced like a smile across our lips. It started out as a laugh shared between two friends, but grew to be the glue between all of us. We make music that doesn't define itself, or us, but serves as a release of all of our demons and angels. We don't draw upon our influences, but let them hang in the air as inspiration. We are always learning, evolving, and most importantly, creating.
Hour Of The Time Majesty Twelve (HOTT MT) is an experimental pop group based in Los Angeles. Together they create gritty realms of psychedelic fantasy that reflect the dusty shimmer of east hollywood. Since their formation in 2012, the group has collaborated on recordings with: The Flaming Lips, Ariel Pink, Erykah Badu, and Ke$ha, They have also opened for: The Flaming Lips, Bat For Lashes and Galaxie 500.
DOWN TO FUN AND CAN'T SLOW DOWN
DJ Burt Kocain (SWIMM)
If one is to cast their vision far enough out to sea, their eyes will eventually settle on a point where the line between ocean and space becomes indistinguishable. Two unexplored frontiers intertwined in a beautiful, pseudo-psychedelic moment of infinite hope that begets the desire to pursue adventure. It is here that LA-based psych-pop duo, SWIMM, live creatively. Originally hailing from the stretch of Floridian beach known as the ‘Space Coast’, where residents deal with the sonic resonance of space shuttles shaking their houses and watch rockets launch into space from the beach, SWIMM has created a sound that blends ethereal soundscapes and sun-soaked, beachy vibes; a perfect representation of the unique place in which they grew up. When you add the poignant satire that the band tends to favor lyrically, SWIMM’s music takes on the delicate balance of thoughtful musicianship, social awareness and immediate relatability that seems to be the common thread shared amongst most bands that are considered timeless.
SWIMM”s latest release, the Beverly Hells EP (24West Records), maintains all of the traits that led to their debut Feels EP catching the eye of so many tastemakers around the blogosphere, but it also picked up a level of maturity and thoughtfulness that came along with the “culture burst” (as Hess describes it) of moving to Los Angeles. If you listen to the record, their new city has a very distinct influence over the lyrics and mood of each of the effort’s six tracks. From the tongue-in-cheek satire of LA culture that forms the basis of the EP’s title track, to the reflection on the duo’s friendship and pursuit of their dreams in “All The Time”, the EP is very much a statement on this formative experience for the band and the artistic evolution that has since taken place.
As every Angeleno-transplant knows, turbulent times are synonymous with sunny days. Like walking through a hallway of mirrors, SWIMM’s Beverly Hells EP paints a vivid picture of their adopted home city’s neverending search for validation and reason.
DJ Jeffertitti (The Entire Universe)
DJ Lauren Ruth Ward
Baltimore bred, Los Angeles based singer/songwriter, Lauren Ruth Ward, is back in the studio recording new material as a follow-up to her recent self-titled EP.
While integrating herself into the LA community as a Barber, Lauren is also tirelessly performing at venues such as: The Bootleg Theatre, The Echo, The Lyric, Dirty Laundry, Viper Room, The Mint, Echo Park Rising, Hotel Café and partnering with organizations like SoFar Sounds LA, World Arts, and Play Like a Girl.
Recently enlisting producer/engineer, Grey Goon (Champagne Fever, US Royalty) for her full length LP, Lauren has also partnered with former Paperhaus guitarist, Eduardo Rivera, resulting in songs that draw from early 60s blues/psychedelia to todays pop while still maintaining her distinctly unique vocal style.