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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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TRACK PREMIERE: KEVIN “SUN MOON URGENT CARE”

April 9th, 2020

Last time we saw L.A.'s Kevin, their overcranked synth-wave song "Bike" found them doing down and dirty Screamers-adjacent weirdness in the asphalt back alleys of the city. But now it's a year later and they've ... ascended.

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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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TRACK PREMIERE: VAGUESS “LOOKING FOR GOD”

April 8th, 2020

Every time Vinny Earley and his band-slash-autobiography Vaguess put out something new, it's like unexpectedly running into an old friend on the street—one of those times when you only get a few minutes to exchange why you're looking the worse/the better for wear before the gravity of the day pulls you both away. Now we live in a society where we have to do all that virtually, but that works for Vaguess still: whether in person or pixels, there's something about Earley's songs that slashes through any amount of distance.