TRACK PREMIERE: SIMULCAST “LOS ANGELES ENDS”
L.A.’s Tristan Rodman makes music as Simulcast, and his new Los Angeles Ends I-IIIEP is a work that’s ambitious on every level—he even invented a new way to press a record just for this release. Instead of vinyl or a flexi, Rodman is putting out Los Angeles Ends as a playable paper record that he calls an “imprint,” something he invented with support from Rhode Island’s Design Innovation Grant. Think of it like a handwritten letter—a fragile but personal message that could persist for a hundred years or end up crumpled and lost, depending on how history and circumstance work out.
The full three-song EP starts with “Through The Windshield,” scene-setting Stephin Merritt-via-Bowie pomp and grandeur atop tense atmospheric synth. Then things get moving with the motorik “Vermaland” and this Neu!-gone-pop song “Los Angeles Ends,” the soundtrack for Rodman’s exploration of how his L.A. hometown changed between his departure for college on the east coast after the death of his mother and his return for the wedding of his father eight years later. (Los Angeles Ends even comes with a zine which adds more to the story—or maybe even adds several more stories.) You can order the imprint here and get digital here and here, and Rodman will release two more this summer. Keep up with Rodman and Simulcast here!