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Haunted Summer crafts languid pop music, adorned with orchestral strings and electronic textures that recall Soft Bulletin-era Flaming Lips.-Candice Aman (KXSC Radio)
Their brand of dream pop feels timeless, with just the right amount of youthful nostalgia to woo your ears into submission. Moody’s smooth, light as air vocals captivate like a siren of the sea, while the arrangements are lush and seductive, but never pushy. It’s a delightful combination that has the power to fill any lazy summer day with an extra bit of magic. -Jacqueline Caruso (The National Deli Magazine)
There’s no question that whatever is haunting Moody and Seasons is steering the duo toward a beautiful place. -Kevin Bronson (Buzzbands LA)
Windswept vocals, sultry strings and spacey guitar blend together beautifully. The whole thing is mysterious and engrossing enough that it gets under your skin and stirs your own private nostalgia. -Billy Gil (Amoeba Blog)
Bret Bender and Madeleine Miller are the indie pop duo Bogan Via. They self-recorded and self-released five amazing songs earlier this year via bandcamp that have resulted in quite a bit of blog attention and growing recognition here in Phoenix. Bender and Madeleine started recording a new batch of songs (and a few off of the original EP) at Flying Blanket Recording in July, the result of those sessions is the EP Wait Up, which was released on October 29th. Prior to the EP release, local AZ promoter Jeremiah Gratza released one of the songs, "TES", on 7" baby pink vinyl with a remix by Miniature Tigers as the B-side. A few other remixes are in the works that will be announced shortly and made available as promotional MP3s. Along with recording and preparing for the release of their new EP, Bogan Via have stayed busy playing bigger and bigger live shows in Phoenix, including opening for national acts like Twin Shadow and White Arrows. Also in the works is a soon to be premiered video for "Afternoon Wonderland", one of the songs from the original EP that was re-recorded for Wait Up.
Augmenting acoustic pop music with a beat machine isn't revolutionary these days with the likes of artists such as Ellie Goulding propelling the "folk-tronica" genre. However, L.A. band yOya still writes playful songs of chipper guitar riffs boosted by complex rhythms that tug their whimsical lyrics in memorably pleasant directions. Falsetto harmonies from Alex Pfender and Noah Dietterich, who have been friends since their days in Corvallis, Oreg., before studying music together at USC, highlight the solid balance between their folk-rock roots from the past and urban influences from the metropolis they live in now. Their latest album "Nothing to Die" is a collection of intricately textured songs that sometimes recall past material from the Dodos yet also maintain accessible melody for even the biggest Coldplay fan. - Seraphina for Buzzbands LA
The equation is simple - One French girl + one American guy = the band Freedom Fry (Parisian born Marie Seyrat and New York City's Bruce Driscoll). Let The Games Begin, their debut EP, is a collection of 5 songs featuring a minimalistic sound of driving beats combined with various organic instrumentation - from autoharps and ukuleles to harpsichords and dulcimers. Marie's breathy, soft, French-accented vocals combine hauntingly with Bruce's in both English and French.
Their following singles Earthquake and Summer in the City garnered rave reviews from Glamour, Les Inrockuptibles, Nylon Magazine, and American Apparel's Viva Radio blog. They continue to write songs for their debut LP and in the meantime they're releasing a steady stream of singles & videos leading up to its release.
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