Giveaway : Youth Lagoon @ The 9:30 Club :: Sept 16th

Sep 10th, 2013 : by :: Tags: , ,

Youth Lagoon is the MTV Cribs of bedroom pop. That’s to say, this is where the magic happens. In a national tour following his most recent release, Wonderous Bughouse, Trevor Powers provides a rare peek into the intimate exploration of his “[intrigue] with the metaphysical universe and [the] blending of those ideas with pop music.” Deep.

Delving deeper, Powers explains that his sophomore project has been influenced by the brevity of human life and his experimentation with auditory dimensions. So to be succinct, Youth Lagoon is like the trippy Einstein of indie pop music, or at the very least the Animal Collective of physicists. Yet, although Powers makes music that is introspective, it connectively translates into an engaging live show that focuses on poignant lyricism and jarring reverberations. Like an open diary, you can read into his frizzy-haired soul with each warbly guitar chord and every shrilling sonic loop. The subversive nature of Youth Lagoon’s sound is a testament to the band’s mastery of juxtaposing tones of convoluted landscapes under the pretext of minimalist song structure.

For those interested in flipping through the audiobook of Trevor Powers’s mind, body, and soul, comment below to win a free pair of tickets to catch him live at the 9:30 Club on Monday, September 16th. Share with us a diary entry worth the freebies. For all others, purchase your tickets here.

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We Are Trees

Feb 4th, 2013 : by :: Tags: , , ,

Granted, We Are Trees haven’t released any new material in quite a long while; not a single, a demo, an EP, nothing. It’s not just that they haven’t released any new music, but little has been heard of them whatsoever. Even with the omniscient power of Google to aid me, a rather extensive search yielded few results. Finally, however, after otherwise fruitless efforts, I stumbled upon their Facebook page to find words of encouragement from front man James Nee, “Yes, I am working on new music. I am working on a full length for a new project, for a new label.” Until then, we’ll have to be satisfied with their latest release, “Girlfriend,” which came out in March of 2011. Tagged under “minimalist” and “bedroom pop” on their bandcamp page, We Are Trees’ sound is not quite what one would expect from such labels. With a production quality on par with professional studios and a full, wide range of sound undeserving of the tag “minimalist,” We Are Trees offers a musical depth far greater than that of your average indie rock/pop. Under the direction of Nee, We Are Trees have crafted their own unique breed of dreamy folk-pop and an identity of their own. Each and every track on the “Girlfriend’ EP is built around beautiful melodies carried loftily along by Nee’s crooning vocals and wistful lyrics. Opening with “Teenage Heartbreak,” a song capturing just what its name suggests, the song creates an introduction for the theme existing throughout the EP. After an interlude of longing to head out West, with “Colorado,” Nee’s romantic struggles continue expression with “Girlfriend” and “You.” The mini-album concludes with the fitting, “I Don’t Believe in Love.” The strongest, most rock-oriented track on the EP, disbelief in love is shown to be the resolution Nee is eventually drawn to after the prior emotional conflicts brought about by his relationships. Give “Girlfriend” a listen and prepare for some future reincarnation of We Are Trees.

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Steffaloo – Would You Stay

Oct 8th, 2012 : by :: Tags: , ,

I first discovered Steffaloo and her warm, heart-felt vocals with the enticing “To Make You Mine” that she recorded with wünderkind and personal favorite DannielRadall. The girl has teamed up with some of the finest electronic producers since, from Blackbird Blackbird to Germany Germany, Teen Daze or Sun Glitters, and now she is back with her second full-length, “Would You Stay”, set to release on October 23rd via Mush records. First song of the album, “Would You Stay” gives you a perfect glimpse of Steffaloo’s no-fuss art : intimate bedroom pop

leaning towards indie folk, stripped-down to acoustic guitars, simple percussion and an emotion-filled voice. The perfect soundtrack to your Fall heartache – or to a laid-back, soothing evening with your beloved, for that matter.


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Steffaloo | Would You Stay
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Long Walks On The Beach :: We’re Growing Up

May 31st, 2012 : by :: Tags: , , ,

There something truly special about this band. Something that is not just unique to DC, but unique to music. Fritz Kramer and co. have done it again with the latest single from Long Walks On The Beach, “We’re Growing Up”. The song takes you through the feeling of youthful freedom, and the realization that it can’t last forever. Ya know… growing up. The jangly guitars dance in-between the pulsating drums, lifting you up into the wide-eyed poetic chorus and sparkling bridge. The track is recorded in a lo-fi style that gives an instant feeling of AM radio nostalgia, but the song is quite ambitious. Aiming to make you feel good in the way pop music was meant to.

Read more of our posts from Long Walks On The Beach here, and for some perspective on the song, the band, and the music of Long Walks On The Beach read Kramer’s letter to Mark over YVYNYL.

“One love between. Hang tough.. baby breathe deep. We’re growing up, we’re just growing up.”

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Long Walks On The Beach | We’re Growing Up
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Show :: Alex Winston and Long Walks On The Beach at U HALL DC

So many great shows this week… Next up, our #BLOGBROZ over at All Things Go are throwing a Thursday night bash (April 19) at U Street Music Hall. Headlining will be odd-babe and songstress Alex Winston and DC bedroom-pop hero Long Walks On The Beach. Get tickets and details here.

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Long Walks On The Beach | Literally Crazy For You

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Long Walks On The Beach :: Literally Crazy For You

Aug 4th, 2011 : by :: Tags: , ,

Long Walks On The Beach (DC’s favorite metaphysical pop band) have dropped a new single. The track is upbeat and even raucous at times. I hope this is the direction LWOTB is going, cause I am all in. And… if you listen closely you can hear the forceful sound of a Chevy being shifted into fourth gear as you pop “Born to Run” into the tape deck. Enjoy! PS: Stay tuned for LWOTB’s new Singles EP coming soon!

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Long Walks On The Beach| Literally Crazy For You
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So Many Wizards – Inner City / Best Friends 7

Jun 6th, 2011 : by :: Tags: , ,

What once was Nima Kazerouni’s solo project, with a live ensemble consisting of himself and television sets displaying prerecorded tracks stacked on top of each other, So Many Wizards has now blossomed into an ethereal, whimsical, bedroom-pop three piece. So Many Wizards are set to release the “Inner City / Best Friends” 7-inch on a limited edition 70 gram colored vinyl pressing June 28th. Check out the a-side! Pre-order here!

So Many Wizards – Inner City

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