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TRACK PREMIERE: HARMLESS “NOTICE ME”

L.A.'s Harmless (Nacho Cano) has a lot of raw experience finding creativity within adversity—within agony, really, as he painstakingly put together January's Condiciones EP in the aftermath of an especially brutal car accident. (“I started recording many of the songs while I couldn’t use my legs. I waited to record most of the vocals because I had lost my front teeth," he told Remezcla.) His latest "Notice Me" (like so many new songs) is an invention born from the tension of quarantine and the sudden solitude that demands its own kind of relearning. The pain here thankfully isn't nearly as literal, but "Notice Me" is still a response to realizing the future you thought you'd have has been indefinitely postponed.

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VIDEO PREMIERE: JESHUA “DUALITY (“SLEEPLESS” x “DECAY”)

Sleep really is the cousin of death, turns out. Jeshua is the auntie, watching them bicker and trying to reign them both in before they ruin the function for everyone.  Contrary to the moribund titles of these singles, the versatile, luxuriant-haired L.A. born-and-bred vocalist and songwriter is thriving, blessed and booked during these trying times. These songs, however, highlight a malaise simmering beneath the surface threatening to swallow them whole.

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TRACK PREMIERE: GIANNA GIANNA “SUFFER”

This is the insomniac national anthem. Gianna Gianna’s latest ‘Suffer’ is a skittering, frenetic passion play in many acts, except you’re the one hung up in the end. It’s so intense listening to this during quarantine—its propulsive tempo and fortissimo power shake you out of your unwashed PJs. This is free-punk, rousing and potent and a sonic hookworm, pulling you close for a bite just before snatching itself away.

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ALBUM PREMIERE: EVAN MYALL

Evan Myall was the guitarist and songwriter in San Francisco (but loved by L.A.) psych band Sleepy Sun, but now he's moved here with a new sound and a new name to go with it. Formerly Evan Reiss, he's reconfigured himself around his middle name for his debut solo album, due out this Friday on Royal Oakie. Myall's self-titled record is like the nighttime counterpart to Sleepy Sun's cosmic power. It's all shadow, silhouette, suggestion and space lit by starlight instead—an album like the somber post-SMiLE Beach Boys or Dennis Wilson's Pacific Ocean Blue

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ALBUM PREMIERE: YUNG STUDENT LOANS “I STAY LONELY (A TRUE ROMANCE)”

Yung Student Loans is K-Town’s most enigmatic rapper, making music entirely in a vacuum—trap-meets-emo-meets-Sleepy Brown. I Stay Lonely (A True Romance) is a very sad album about scorned love, delivered through a veneer of soft-sarcasm. The project practically screams ‘You can’t hurt me! I already hurt myself!’ Those words aren’t used at any point in this album, but they so easily could be.