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Zoom Lens releases compilation album "Love Without Domination"

"We are pissed and we came here to dance."

So reads the last line of the synopsis to Love Without Domination, the newest, largest, and arguably most political release by Los Angeles-based label Zoom Lens. With a title referencing Jenny Zhang's essay "Against Extinction", Love Without Domination is a 22-track charity compilation from artists across diverse genres of local and international fame, galvanized by recent events and connected by an urgency to create sounds of protest. New songs featured include Meishi Smile's post-industrial catharsis "Hate Floods Slow", as well as contributions by Plaster Cast & The Sleep, Thought Tempo, and Magic is Real. New local artist debuts include the noise rock duo Comrade(s) and post-techno producer pleasure promenade.

The release of Love Without Domination comes at a precarious time for artist communities, only one week since the tragic fire in an Oakland DIY space and one month following results of the 2016 presidential election. But in spite of these troubling events, in spite of increased crackdowns on DIY spaces and rising hate crimes, Zoom Lens compels listeners to act against the oppression and injustice of marginalized communities through nuanced self-expression.

"Through art, make dialogue and break boundaries. When dealing with an oppressive force who is meant to pacify our feelings, self-expression is rebellion. Utilize your skills, your privileges, and your strengths in all forms. Militarize yourself with unforgiving self-love and radical passion. "

Love Without Domination is free to stream and available to purchase—listeners can name their price, and all proceeds will go to fund the non-profit organizations ACLU, Border Angels, and Planned Parenthood. - Ryan Mo, Album Art by Brian Vu

Zoom Lens' Official SXSW Showcase: "Fragility"

The Zoom Lens family descends on the inside stage of Cheer Up Charlies to mark the beginning of their weeklong stay at SXSW. The eight-artist showcase will include performances from Oh My Muu, Meishi Smile, a live debut of la pumpkin, (Savannah, GA) new songs from Plaster Cast's recently released EP "Permanence," and more. Find more info on the Facebook event page and the official SXSW page. Until then, stream the specially curated Zoom Lens mix to whet your appetite. - Ryan Mo

Bury yourself in "Gravity", newest single from Plaster Cast

We're enthralled with "Gravity", the first track from Alex Rajabi's alias Plaster Cast since last year's debut "Sunless". A spiritual transmigration of the prophecized "future of R&B" duo Malta, Rajabi shifts weight in this tandem production with the self-proclaimed GodKing BRAH1M. A current that rides the minimal structure of "Gravity" exemplifies the sublation of hip-hop and electronic music without washing out the je ne sais quoi of Plaster Cast's past life, from the vocals of Michaela Wilson (previously featured in Malta's "Out of Bounds") to the permeating future rhythms. But something was left behind in the metempsychosis, whether real or perceived, and we can't help but listen again and again to find this void, this absence that haunts and beckons our ears.

Stream "Gravity", the first track from Plaster Cast's debut EP "Permanence" — out March 4th on Los Angeles' Zoom Lens. - Ryan Mo


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