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Hugely impressive debut album of kaleidoscopic psych-pop tropes from Socal's Jeans Wilder aka Andrew Caddick, coming after a triumphant split with Best Coast and cassettes for Night People and Bathetic. 'Nice Trash' was recorded between summer 2008-2010 at weedcave one (need to go there) and 1010, effortlessly ghosting a range of classically dreamy R&B, eerie H-Pop and colder, synthier moments, always eluding concrete classifications yet all bathed in a shy and sensitive feel for teenaged pop melancholy. From the warbling electronic loops and Panda Bear-esque vocal harmonies of 'Be My Shade' we're subsumed by breathtaking drone-pop in 'Blanket Mountain', strongly reminding of that awesome Six Six Seconds 7" on Downwards or even Grouper's druggiest shimmers, while 'Don't Wanna Live Forever' moves sideways into jagged, ferric midi-funk with a strange chamber-pop finish and 'International Water' reflects on narcotically screwed and deliciously romantic synthpop. Deeper in, the eerie 50s R&B of 'In My Dreams' instantly reminds of Villa Nah's superlative Au Revoir Simone 7" remix and the psychoacoustic lo-fi mixing trickery of 'Let's Share This Space' confirm that this is a very, very special debut album for fans of all matters H-Pop, from LA Vampires to Ducktails, Blissed Out to Hype Williams. Highly recommended!
On a misty winter night filled with bourbon and peace pipes Spirit Vine was born inside of a Wooden Ship in Echo Park. Inspired by Howlin' Wolf, Big Mama Thornton, and any sentient bold enough to imprint their ideas into the human psyche, five spirits embarked on a sojourn to create music with soul, that howls, coos, and crys like the spirit of the wind. Often drawing comparisons to Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, and Shocking Blu Spirit Vine have been playing the Los Angeles circuit for the past year in L.A.'s underground with some of the finest accessories to rock and roll the city has to offer. They were named "artist of the day" on Indie 103.1 and their music has received play on Indie 103.1. In 2009 Spirit Vine released their EP " Golden" in January and embarked on a full US tour in March and early summer. Inspired by working class heros and the light of the eternal flame, Spirit Vine's grass roots mentality will ensure that they are a force not to be reckoned with! Look out!
"Barbarian hits your ears with warm surf pop fuzz, '80 post punk and goth pop, and a hint of '60s garage rock. The combination of styles create a truly unique sound that I have never heard anything quite like before…" -TheRecordStache
Los Angeles native Kim Free has been playing violin since she was five. Breaking away from the classical music tradition in 2007, Kim began her first solo project ‘Black Church’, under her alias Sunny Winters. Black Church was an ethereal mix of goth and new age, and had 5 releases on various cassette labels, including LA’s Living Tapes. ‘Angel Shadow’ is a collection of songs that grew out of the live performances of Black Church, revealing a return to Kim’s classical roots. Disarmingly fragile and hauntingly dreamy, Angel Shadow blends enigmatic pop songs and hypnotic violin pieces into a warm, eleven-song soundscape. As a multi-instrumentalist, Kim writes all her own music, plays every instrument on her recordings, and performs completely solo.
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