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.
Made of twin sisters Brooke and Brit, Good Graeff (pronounced "grayf") creates
powerful folk-charged indie pop that centers on Brooke's dynamic & original vocals
and upbeat acoustic chord progressions, which are finessed into creative and
memorable pop songs by Brit's melodic, classically influenced cello riffs.
The group originated as a busking duo when the twins were 16, playing on street
corners of Sarasota, FL, where they spent their teenage years. At 18, Brooke moved to
Canada to become a foley artist (check out her imdb) and Brit studied marketing and
international business then packed up her bags to travel around Europe and India,
then eventually settled in Hanoi, Vietnam. Brooke joined her there in 2012, and Good
Graeff was born into its second life, a little less than ten years later and ten thousand
miles away, though again on a street corner. The band still retains a dedicated
following in Vietnam.
The group originated as a busking duo when the twins were 16, playing on street corners of Sarasota, FL, where they spent their teenage years. At 18, Brooke moved to Canada to become a foley artist (check out her imdb) and Brit studied marketing and international business then packed up her bags to travel around Europe and India, then eventually settled in Hanoi, Vietnam. Brooke joined her there in 2012, and Good Graeff was born into its second life, a little less than ten years later and ten thousand miles away, though again on a street corner. The band still retains a dedicated following in Vietnam.
The New Electric Sound
Every 5 or 10 or 800 years, a group of true artists come together under divine command to produce art that transcends culture, history and the Universe. You hear a band on your friend's facebook and you think, "Wow, this band is really good. It's like the Beach Boys - just without the sappy love songs." But then you think, "Actually...no, this sounds nothing like The Beach Boys, really. Plus, there are plenty of sappy love songs here." You try to forget about it and you turn on ESPN to drown it out the melodies that keep buzzing in your head, but now they are only more profound, more sweet-sounding. You ask yourself what it is that makes this music so incredibly catchy, so deeply arresting, but you can't yet grasp the cosmic significance. Suddenly, you are humming melodies against your own will and snapping your fingers uncontrollably. You begin to find that you are unable to perform the most basic of tasks - food becomes impossible to masticate, your favorite movie cannot be watched, the cutest kitten cannot be stroked. You experience an uncanny joy, the kind you thought you could never experience with your clothes on. You are literally the happiest you have ever been in your life.
Welcome to the world of The New Electric Sound.
The group was envisioned by Scott Vance, and formed in August 2011. The New Electric Sound has a diverse band membership, with an array of genres from the local scene in Provo Utah. Tom Brinton of "The Monikers" and "Bearcats" playing bass and vocals. Scott Vance from local hip-hop groups "Paper Tron" and "Can't Stop Won't Stop" playing guitar and lead vocals. Ben Zabriskie with solo album "Report an Emergency" playing lead guitar and vocals. Nigel Goodwin from such classic groups as "Eva Renada", "Paper Tron" and "Can't Stop Won't Stop" on keys. And hey, let's not forget Tony the Drummer!
Pom Poms is the new collaboration between vocalist/songwriter Marlene Gold and Grammy-nominated producer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Billy Mohler (Awolnation, Liz Phair, Kelly Clarkson, Macy Gray). With a love for the great singers and writers from years gone by, this project transcends time and fads with grand martini-infused arrangements and melodies which set them apart from their dance pop contemporaries. This Los Angeles-based project is about to launch it's first single "Betty" this Fall. The entire world of Pom Poms was built, if not in a day, then out from that moment 'Betty" was born. The mercurial task of harnessing a sound so distinctive so soon in the life of a group (let's not call them a band) is rare. If one was to blend references for the sake of enticement, we call upon fans of Quentin Tarantino, Ernie Kovacs, Roy Orbison, The Twilight Zone, Wes Anderson, Jean-Luc Godard, Yves Montand, Connie Francis, Johnny Cash, and Patsy Cline. And that's just "Betty." The single is the maiden release for Square Foot Records, also founded by Billy Mohler.