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VIDEO PREMIERE: LITRONIX “FOR ALL THE SPECIAL SOULS”

April 30th, 2020

Last year Kevin Litrow and his solo persona Litronix put out Elvis Lives, an album that was something between a recalibration and a reinvention. Recorded by the esteemed producer Greg Ashley, Elvis Lives saw Litrow dial down his signature throbbing Suicide-style synthesizer and motorik robo-rhythms to explore something more traditionally transcendental: guitar and human voice, channeling the full force of the human spirit.

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VIDEO PREMIERE: BLACKSEOUL (JUPITER BLACK + TRE SEOUL) “BOLD”

April 22nd, 2020

Jupiter Black and the enigmatic Tre Seoul team up here on a song and visual that’s spook-blime. Jupiter is either cursing or blessing a wayward youth, played by the stoic Sistergrass. Tre exists in a visual vacuum, a man apart observing and reporting but never retorting, letting Jupiter do the work of possessing folk. Their verses are pure syrup, delivered like sorbet melting in the sun—drip drip.

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VIDEO PREMIERE: LEVITATION ROOM “QUARANTINE”

April 13th, 2020

L.A.'s Levitation Room put out their Headspace (Greenway Records) last fall and took the scenic route through all the microbiomes of mid-to-late 60s psychedelia, although they skipped Altamont to spend more time at Monterey Pop. But now without access to any outside studios (or outside ... anything?) they've retreated to a more fundamental format. "Quarantine" is the understated acoustic coda Headspace never had, the contemporary reincaration of those mellow moments on so many underrated little-band-on-big-label psych LPs. There couldn't be a better time for this sort of indoors mood.

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VIDEO PREMIERE: DEVON WILLIAMS “CIRCUS WORLD”

April 9th, 2020

Devon Williams is a songwriter's songwriter, dedicated to precision and economy even in a time when the concept of an actual economy is fast retreating toward wishful fiction. With Williams there's never any windmilling musical equivocation, no attention-desperate showing off, no vacancy of lyric or melody and nothing that isn't cut to tape (or ... carved to SSD?) unless it serves some deeply considered purpose. Some people like hooks but Williams likes a lightning strike—a zig-zag flash that throws everything into silhouette and relief for a moment and then lingers in a streak of color.

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VIDEO PREMIERE: BOYO “SKIP”

April 8th, 2020

"Skip" itself is BOYO's Robert Tilden in a clearer and maybe even more cheerful mode than some of his earlier work, maybe informed by his recently coming out the other side of some crushing medical experiences. There's a little of the Clean's happy clatter in here—it's a pop song pulled back down to street level, where it feels like a conversation with a friend instead of a message from above. That's always been part of BOYO's charm—the way the personality comes through. It's a song about leaving things behind, but sometimes that can be one of the best moves you can make.