Sydney Sweeney

Album reviews

HARRIET BROWN: MALL OF FORTUNE

February 10th, 2019

Bay Area-raised/L.A.-based multi-hyphenate Aaron Valenzuela delivers a 14-track R&B project that toys with the concept of life as a shopping mall: if wealth must be spent consciously, so too one’s time.

Interview

KATZÙ OSO: HOW CAN I SAY IT?

December 10th, 2018

Paul Hernandez is a lover boy—not an audacious casanova, but a self-proclaimed hopeless romantic who simply falls in love too fast, poeticizing the women who make him stumble headfirst into desire and devotion. From hitting a million streams on Spotify to dropping his debut EP Pastel and playing Tropicalia—the quintessential music festival for LA’s most committed indieheads—Hernandez’s 2018 has been as dreamy as his music itself. At sundown in Exposition Park, the 24-year-old artist ponders his early beginnings, defying expectations, and being a proud cheeseball. He performs his first headlining show at the Echo tonight. This interview by Sydney Sweeney.

Album reviews

BOYO: DANCE ALONE

November 30th, 2018

BOYO, the solo project of singer-songwriter Robert Tilden, sounds like cool—like the kind of music blasting behind the hip older sibling’s bedroom door in a coming-of-age flick, or the soundtrack for weekends of irresponsible spontaneity in real life. With earworm-y chord progressions and deadpan vocals—the core of BOYO’s oeuvre—Tilden’s third and newest full-length Dance Alone glides from fast to slow with effortless agility.

Interview

AOLANI: THAT’S WHAT I WANNA BE

October 18th, 2018

At its deepest, romantic love is all-consuming—it’s something universal, and something powerful enough to provoke both fixation on another and contemplation of oneself. And it’s the inspiration for 20-year-old Gardena singer-songwriter Aolani—born Kalyn Aolani Oshiro-Wachi—on her new self-titled EP. She performs at the Echo on Sat., Oct. 20. (She'll also perform at Tropicalia next month in Long Beach.) This interview by Sydney Sweeney.

Album reviews

RUBY HAUNT: BLUE HOUR

September 28th, 2018

The indietronica duo (Wyatt Ininns and Viktor Pakpour) has pursued this drowsy, atmospheric sound since establishing itself in Los Angeles three years ago, and though their synthesized music shimmers with a pop phosphorescence clearly distinct from Debussy or Chopin’s classical nocturnes, it conjures moonlit imagery just the same.

Album reviews

KATZÙ OSO: PASTEL

July 28th, 2018

It’s Hernandez’s clarity of emotion that gives his debut its addictive charm—something that will appeal to fans of Cuco and the like. It feels fuzzy and intimate even at its most tragic, thanks to consistently bubbly production and poetic lyrics in both English and Spanish. (See “Pastel” and “Coqueta.”) Pastel has its moments of darkness, but it’s a bright beginning for this boy from Montebello.