SWIMM Presents: Love You Down II

The Echo, Redbull, & SWIMM Present

SWIMM Presents: Love You Down II

SWIMM, Fog Etc. (Jenny Lee & Stella Mazgawa of Warpaint), B. Bravo, Mating Ritual, Talk In Tongues, Goon, Emerson Star, Royaljag, Zarina Nares, Sun Sic, Dizzy Spells, Sego (DJ Set), Goldensuns (DJ Set)

Fri February 2, 2018

7:00 pm

The Echo

Los Angeles, California

$15 Advance / $18 Day of Show

This event is 18 and over

SWIMM
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.
SWIMM
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.
Fog Etc. (Jenny Lee & Stella Mazgawa of Warpaint)
Fog Etc. (Jenny Lee & Stella Mazgawa of Warpaint)
New project of Jenny Lee & Stella Mozgawa of Warpaint
B. Bravo
B. Bravo
Los Angeles-based Adam Mori, aka, B. Bravo adds a touch of love to every soulful groove he gets his hands on. His signature sound, connecting cosmic g-funk, r&b, and dance music has made him a name in the electronic music scene as well a key player in the worldwide modern funk movement.
As a tasteful producer, party rocking DJ, master of the talkbox, band leader, alumni of the prestigious Red Bull Music Academy, Bravo is an accomplished performer both at home and abroad, with numerous tours throughout Europe and Asia. He’s played alongside artists like Erykah Badu, Flying Lotus, Dam-Funk, Hudson Mohawke, at festivals like Laneway Singapore, Raising The Bar in Kuala Lumpur, Detroit Electronic Music Fest, Sonar in Barcelona, Positivus Festival, Snowglobe, SXSW, Basscoast.
Bravo’s debut EP in 2009 ‘Analog Starship’ on Salva's Frite Nite Records became an instant classic among beat heads and his massive tune ‘Computa Love’ gained international acclaim as one of London tastemaker Benji B’s ‘best of’ selections for his BBC 1xtra radio program, and as the lead track and 12-inch from Gilles Peterson’s 2010 Brownswood Electr*c compilation. Following his third EP ‘Kiss & Tell’ on the London based Earnest Endeavours imprint, Bravo teamed up with fellow SF synth and turntable wizard, Teeko to deliver the superb ‘Starship Connection EP’ in 2012. In 2013 the two were commissioned by Bastard Jazz Recordings to compile vol. 2 of their ‘Tempo Dreams’ series which was received with much acclaim and included their smooth 2-stepper, ‘We Can Go All Night’. In 2014 and 2015 he produced much of the original soundtrack for Red Bull’s BC One World Breakdancing Finals in Paris and Rome. His own solo full length album is also set for release in 2016 on Bastard Jazz Records, following the release of the first single ‘Energy’ and it’s captivating music video.
Mr. Bravo's band 'Starship Connection’ with fellow funkster Teeko and vocalist Rojai kicked off in 2011 and has lit up festivals in the US like Northern Nights, Forward Festival, Decibel Festival, HARD Summer LA, SF Modern Funk Fest, Oakland Music Festival and a legendary Boiler Room set at Red Bull Studios LA.
Mating Ritual
Mating Ritual
Los Angeles, CA
Talk In Tongues
Talk In Tongues
Los Angeles foursome Talk In Tongues didn’t come out of nowhere, although it sounded that way when their debut single “Still Don’t Seem To Care” suddenly appeared online. And it felt that way for them at the beginning, too, when each member was a refugee from another band that just wasn’t working right. Back then, they were barely acquaintances—guitarist and singer McCoy Kirgo remembers seeing his future bandmates at shows in their other bands, and then at parties after the shows. And if you looked into the music they’d already made, it didn’t quite make sense for them to put a band together. (Future bassist Waylon Rector wrote constantly, but all his songs were laptop-made synth-pop.)

But they almost immediately found that they all shared limitless drive and direction and an unexpected common ground in several generations of psychedelic music, from the 60s Pink Floyd and 13th Floor Elevators through the unstoppable Creation Records roster in the 90s. Then things happened fast. By the end of their first practice together, they’d already discovered what they wanted to sound like. Says guitarist and singer Garrett Zeile: “I had songs I’d compiled over the last year, and they fit the direction we wanted—they were the building blocks. Then we all started contributing.”

They booked a show weeks after their first practice together in early 2014, mostly just to prove to the world that they really existed. (If you were there, you’re part of a very lucky and exclusive group!) The very next day, they went into their home studio and recorded their first single “Still Don’t Seem To Care,” a dreamy, ethereal neo-psychedelic song mixed by Claudius Mittendorfer (Arctic Monkeys, Interpol). It was just the kind of sound he’d been looking for, says Kirgo: “I wanted to play big music, like something you’d hear at a fest like Glastonbury. That’s what made me want to dive into psychedelic rock.”

And almost instantly, it lit up the Internet and led to an immediate signing with Fairfax Recordings, whose legendary in-house studio sealed the deal for Talk In Tongues: “It just so happened that the first label that hit us up was Fairfax, and it was exactly what we were looking for,” says Rector. “Every step of the way, there’s been a new opportunity, and we go for it. It’s all been very serendipitous.”

Slowly and a little bit unofficially, Fairfax Recording sessions that were supposed to just produce a B-side or two stretched into day after day of working on what would become their debut album. Everyone in Talk In Tongues writes and plays multiple instruments—they all play each other’s instruments, says Zeile—and everyone had a catalog of ideas they’d been saving. For the first time in his career, noticed drummer Bryan DeLeon, he was in a band where there was no such thing as writer’s block. And as the summer of 2014 ended, they decided they’d finished their full-length—two months after they’d walked in to record a single. (And the eventual B-side of that “Still Don’t Seem To Care” single? A remix by Scandinavian visionary Dungen, due out this November.)

With production from Kevin Augunas (Cold War Kids, Edward Sharpe), their debut album, out in early 2015, links modern-day psychedelia with the foundation of early 60’s experimentation—it’s melody and atmosphere and noise-as-beauty captured (barely) in songs that should be blasting out of the Coachella main stage somewhere around midnight. Says drummer DeLeon: “We’re excited this is 100% ours, and we put in the world—every part of this album is an expression of ourselves.”
Goon
Goon
Goon is the project of LA-based musician and visual artist Kenny Becker. With a medical condition that periodically deadens his sense of smell and hearing, Becker began writing songs as a means of making the most of his life when those symptoms were absent. The results, Dusk of Punk, are a murky blend of smoldering guitars, melodic hooks, and batter-ram rhythms that serve as the musical translations of a mind that’s routinely betrayed by its own body.

Their debut EP Dusk of Punk pushes the boundaries of standard “lo-fi” music with both it’s diversity in songwriting and it’s somehow incredibly layered composition. The production is lo-fi but incredibly full and lush sounding. Their songs are loud and fuzzed out but are anchored down by beautiful harmonies. Even acoustic based songs are rounded out by delicate synths, drum machines or the occasional radio sample. The end result is a diverse and incredibly complex record that evolves with each listen.
Emerson Star
Emerson Star
Emerson Star provides catchy indie-rock psych-pop harmony driven tunes for dat ass.
Royaljag
Royaljag
A collaboration of friends embracing their musical outlet that is Royaljag. -- Currently through live shows.
Zarina Nares
Zarina Nares
"A VOICE SIMULTANEOUSLY REMINISCENT AND PRISTINE, AN OLD SOUL POURING FROM A NEW VESSEL. ZARINA. QUINTESSENTIALLY NEW YORK. NATURALLY LOS ANGELES. ULTIMATELY INTERNATIONAL" - ROY JÜRGENS


"EYES CLOSED-MUSICIAN/SINGER ZARINA NARES WITH HER PEPPERY BLUES/JAZZ-INSPIRED CROONING, LOVELORN SONGS SUNG IN SMALL BREATHS AND BIG FEELS-MAKES ALREADY FOR AN IMPRESSIVE EARFUL. ON THE 21-YEAR-OLD'S 2017 EP "SONGS TO SWAY TO" NARES INDULGES IN EACH OF HER LYRICS, PRACTICALLY PETTING THEM VOCALLY TO DOLEFUL END (AND SPOILING US). EYES OPEN AND THE IMPRESSION IS TWOFOLD-ZARINA CAN ALSO TURN HEADS WITHOUT A WORD: A HAUNTING BEAUTY WITH HER BEE-STUNG LIPS, ALMOND EYES AND FELINE FEATURES ALL UNDERSCORED BY A STAMP OF DISTINCTION, A BEAUTY SPOT ON HER LEFT CHEEK" - STEVEN YATSKO (MODELS.COM)
Sun Sic
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Dizzy Spells
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Sego (DJ Set)
Sego (DJ Set)
Sego's Spencer Petersen and Thomas Carroll were both birthed in the burgeoning Provo, Utah music scene. However, finding inspiration in the dissonance that the towering structures and bustling city offers over the mountains and relative quiet of Provo, both relocated to an old pasta factory in downtown LA. Through various projects together, both founding members uncovered their distinct sound: lazy, grungy guitars with digital overlays and refreshingly honest lyrics. The band’s debut album surprises with angular guitars, complex arrangements and musings from an 80’s kid contemplating the void left from the misguided hope of our youth.
Goldensuns (DJ Set)
Goldensuns (DJ Set)
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