The songs of Haunted Summer are dreamy and hypnotic, rich with orchestral strings and sultry electronic textures. With their previous EP, Something in the Water, the group crafted a captivating, ethereal musical journey through a nostalgic world of young love and long-forgotten memories. Consisting of husband-and-wife Bridgette Moody and John Seasons, who share songwriting duties in a true collaboration, the Los Angeles duo have shared the stage and toured with groups and performers including Taken By Trees, Islands, Deafheaven, The Polyphonic Spree, Coeur De Pirate, Olafur Arnalds, Carla Morrison, Meiko, Basia Bulat, Geographer, David J of Bauhaus and more. Their forthcoming full-length, Spirit Guides, was written on the road as well as recorded in several studios including Rancho de la Luna in Joshua Tree, Jim Henson Studios in Hollywood, Comp-ny LA, and studios owned by Ninkasi Brewing in Eugene, Oregon. It features an array of talented musicians, including (but not limited to!) Dave Catching from Eagles of Death Metal and Chris Goss from Masters of Reality (both of whom are on the title track). Spirit Guides comes out digitally September 29th and physically Sept 30th.
On their forthcoming album, "The Hoss, The Candle," White Dove's delicate and haunting songs, find a more celestial and hazy sound. Shedding their former name Monster, a monicker founder Alex Johnstone has carried since highschool, 2012 finds White Dove completing their first fully collaborative album at Kingsize Sound Labs in Los Angeles with producer Dave Trumfio. Multi-instrumentalist Jack Long and bassist Carl Harders joined Johnstone in 2009 for a tour of France in support of a 2005 self-titled LP. Originally released on The New Black, and repressed by Le Jardin Collectif, this album drew comparisons to Mojave 3, Galaxie 500, Big Star and Cat Power. "The Hoss, The Candle" again puts Johnstone's voice and songwriting front and center, this time supported by the melodically spry guitar lines of Long and the cool bass lines of Harders. Keyboards and pedal steel round out the record, an album that reflects the groups interest in 60s and 70s rock à la Fleetwood Mac and late era Beach Boys with hints of cosmic American music.
Draemings (DJ Set)
Like all great bands, DRÆMINGS began as an outlet for heartbreak – the opening track of their debut EP, Nevada, repeatedly pleads “oh stay with me / please stay with me” – and has spent the last several years evolving from vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, and sometimes-producer Kimi Recor’s alter ego into a tightly knit band of four whose new EP explores the many ways you can find your voice and mine your own inner strength. This drastic change in theme reflects not only the similarly drastic changes in the world as a whole, but also this movement away from a single spotlight and toward a group effort.
Their self-titled 2017 EP is akin to a rebirth for DRÆMINGS and brings Recor back to her band-oriented roots, cementing DRÆMINGS as a four piece comprised of herself (vocals/guitar), Thorson (bass/synth), Christopher Vick (guitar), and Nathaniel Meek (drums). The band returned to being independent (the EP will be released on Recor’s own PLAG Records) and wrote DRÆMINGS as a collective, self-titling the EP to make that point clear to listeners. Thorson stepped forward to helm the production and mixing of all six tracks in his Underwater Studios. From the heavy, thrumming bassline in “Fire in Hell,” to the dancefloor-worthy “Great Escape,” to the crooning Enya-esque EP closer, “Tides,” there really is something for everyone on DRÆMINGS, all without losing the band’s trademark sound that ties it all together.
LA-based singer-songwriter Simone White has worked with the producers of Fol Chen to deliver her most affecting and ambitious album yet: Silver Silver. White’s delicate voice is framed by complex arrangements, pulsing, speaker-rattling bass tones, delicately layered vocal harmonies, and exquisitely lush washes of sound.
Fans of White’s work may already be aware of her unusual life story. Born in Hawaii to a light sculptor dad and folk singer mum, burlesque grandmother and pop-song writer aunt, White grew up moving across the US, her parents following the demands of a cult leader. Leaving home in her teens, White traveled, acted, took photos and made films, living in Seattle, Paris and London—finally finding her voice as a musician in New York City.
"Los Angeles based singer Simone White has a voice like ether. It's sweetly airy and hypnotic. Hearing it can pull you under to a strangely beautiful, glittering world where nothing seems real." - NPR
"The beguiling singer Simone White is known as much for her whispered vocals as for her smart songwriting." - Huffington Post
"Silver Silver is...an album of cathartic intimacy, built around electronic textures and sparse percussion, with White's gently yielding, half-spoken vocals pitched, pleasingly, equidistant between Laurie Anderson and Joni Mitchell."
Four star review, MOJO