Night Palms is the soundtrack to a particular vision of Los Angeles, one in which palms flutter in a constant breeze, the sky dims to a perpetual sunset, and waves lap at the shore in a loose rhythm." /> VARIOUS ARTISTS: NIGHT PALMS | L.A. RECORD

VARIOUS ARTISTS: NIGHT PALMS

April 10th, 2018 | Album reviews

VARIOUS ARTISTS
Night Palms
Hobo Camp

This is the first compilation for L.A. modern funk label Hobo Camp as well as an ode to the label’s fallen friend Trevor Tarczynski: Night Palms is the soundtrack to a particular vision of Los Angeles, one in which palms flutter in a constant breeze, the sky dims to a perpetual sunset, and waves lap at the shore in a loose rhythm. Brian Ellis’ “Tides” rolls out first—it’s a slow burn, like a steamy neo-noir scene unfolding in the carpeted confines of a houseboat. “Modern Confusion” by Boy Dude takes you to the dancefloor with a snappy, plaintive boogie. XL Middleton and Ghost follow with the vocoder-laden “Forgot About Each Other,” a smooth, wistful head-bobber that finds a way to glide into a captivating synth solo. “Bay Breeze” takes you back out to open water as Mat/Matix brings the dark depths of the ocean into shimmering, neon-tinted view. Moon B’s “Marina Player” is a series of synth-y, seaside vignettes driven by the same bouncy bassline. Jomeo Pugz drops you into the “Hidden Zone” before Elegant Borzoi finally guides the way back to shore with “Deregulate.” Night Palms will send you searching, maybe for a waterbed or an aquarium or your own vision of Los Angeles. This is now your life aquatic.

—Miles Clements