San Bernardino, California is known for its high crime and poverty rate. Behind that lies a hidden gem, an ambitious musical wunderkind, seeking to break out from all of that. Meet Manuel Joseph Walker, a 20-year old from the slums of a broken city, crafting sophisticated & shimmering Jangle-pop out of his bedroom, with two records under his belt, both met with high acclaim among the Bandcamp community & other various Youtube taste-makers, Truths (2015) and Silence (2017). Reminiscent of bands like The Prefab Sprout, Wild Nothing, & Beach Fossils, and part of growing movement of young Chicano indie musicians, Walker paints his own world with Foliage, writing all of the music, playing all of the instruments, singing all of the vocals, and engineering his records all by himself. Foliage began at the age of 16, when Manuel was still in high school. Now at the beginning of his 20s, Walker has matured from SoCal DIY mainstay to bedroom pop wizard. With 2018’s III , Walker has delivered his finest and most complete work yet: a personal and thorough snapshot of fleeting youth and self-love.
It’s not easy for people with strange, sometimes puzzling minds to control the sounds in their heads and effectuate them into meaning. Los Angelean musician Noah Champ has one of those elusive minds: neither here nor there, but somewhere in between. His haunting and cinematic strain of mid-fi pop music, penned field trip, exposes his fascinations with memory, melancholia, emotional vacancy, and personal and social apocalypse, and he has etched these curiosities on tape for us to indulge in.
After moving to New York in 2014 to study music production, Noah Champ (singer/drums) has since been joined by a rotating cast of live band members including Claire Gilb, Phillip Braun, Nico Geyer, Will Sacks, and Skyler Young. Three years of recording both at home and in the studio, and performing alongside acts such as Cloud Nothings, Homeshake, and Sunflower Bean find field trip tapping into further reaching sounds, connecting the dots between the likes of Factory Records alums, early trip hop, and space-age California. The band has released two cassettes via NYC label Invertebrate, and plans to release a new LP in 2019.
"...field trip sounds like what happens when memories of the dreamy, warm California sunset melt into the cold anxiety of lonesome New York City nights." - The FADER
“...'never' is the first song off the group’s forthcoming debut album, and it loops and spirals with the same kind of mesmerizing, warm guitars that made Real Estate beloved, before venturing into destroyed pop territory. At points the sounds seem like they’re melting a little, held too close to the flame of memory, and a jazzy breakdown surfaces at the end like a sudden afterthought..." - Stereogum
"...classic human void-fear, happening within the delirious insomnia of NYC, becomes an all-encompassing sensation." - Tiny Mix Tapes
While attending college in Los Angeles in 2015, songwriters and multi-instrumentalists Michael Stevenson and Rounak Maiti created Small Forward to explore the infinite treasures within AM pop and guitar-strummed nostalgia. With bassist Campbell Scott and drummer Nick Waldram on board, Small Forward craft textured and melodic pop songs while adhering to a bedroom / DIY approach throughout the recording process.