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Drowned in Sound: Sinkane - Mean Love
                                       
                         
August 2014
Cantina
"' Horizons' EP
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Cantina is the Italian word for "cellar," the dark and rather cold place where time, wood, air and silence magically transorfm tedious grape juice into inebriating, delicious wine. Cantina is also the name of Renata Zeiguer's growing musical project, a band so quiet that one could say it flirts with silence, and so charming and dreamy to sound magic. Their seven track debut EP 'Horizons' opens with airy ballad 'When Your Eyes,' that sounds like an irresistible siren call coming out of an old wooden gramophone, where a lush, acoustic arrangement slowly overwhelms a melody so pristine it could only be conceived in the the squalid corners of Bushwick. All we can gather from the lyrics is: "and if you ask me to..." - which is really all a siren should say to a hungover NYC-life sailor. The rest of the record offers similar atmospheres, althought at times more upbeat ('Stay Like This') and more electric ('Fields') but always dominated by Renata's celestial soprano and her otherworldly melodies, and well supported by an unobtrusive musical background that perfectly serves each song.

 
The 60's
Bob Dylan

Simon and Garfunkel

Velvet Underground
The 70's
Television
Patti Smith
The New York Dolls

The Ramones

The Talking Heads
Richard Hell
The Dead Boys
Blondie
Suicide
Lydia Lunch
DNA  
Mars
The Contortions  
The 80's
Sonic Youth
Bad Brains
Beastie Boys
Bruce Springsteen
Swans
The Feelies
Laurie Anderson
They Might Be Giants
John Zorn
Arto Lindsay
Sonic Youth
The Fleshtones
The 90's

Jeff Buckley

The Magnetic Fields
Yo La Tengo
Soul Coughing
Cat Power
The 00's
The Strokes
Interpol
TV on The Radio
Fiery Furnaces
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
The Bravery
Animal Collective
Bright Eyes
Devendra Banhart
Moldy Peaches
Le Tigre
Liars
Blonde Redhead
Grizzly Bear
 

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Video: Sweet Bump It, "Dauphine"

Echo Park septet Sweet Bump It can be described as the unlikeliest garage revivalists, playing a more agreeable and less snotty form of chugging blues rock that is loaded with primal power and an utter sense of fun. The video for the track "Dauphine" shows the band members playing in true form, featuring singer/guitarist Nicole "Paco" De Leon" wielding her guitar with a soulful disposition as the other band members - and three backup dancers to boot - augment the song's musicality. Sweet Bump It could very well be a reimagining of a Daptone act with a punk spirit, and "Dauphine" is proof they've got the chops to live up to that promise. 

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FYF 2014 Local Report: Haim

Opening for festival closers The Strokes, Haim took the stage with intense energy, finishing out the last show of their Days Are Gone tour with fervor. It’s no secret why the three sisters have gained national attention as the pop-rock nineties band of today. They have a vibrancy when they perform, and their closeness as sisters reflects in the form of a familial fan-base. “I like seeing people on top of other people’s shoulders,” Este announced. And their fans were happy to oblige – immediately jumping up on each other’s shoulders as the sister’s opened with “Falling”, a fan favorite off the stacked album. They wanted the show to feel like one of their house-party jam sessions – as Este announced before they broke into a seriously gnarly version of Fleetwood Mac’s “Oh Well”. Danielle’s time in the music business is glaringly apparent, especially during these moments – she toured with both Jenny Lewis and Julian Casablancas when she was just 17. Their intensity continued as they yelled their love of everything LA into the crowd. Hailing from San Fernando Valley, it’s not surprising the sisters were excited to play their last show of the tour at home. Home: the theme of the evening. - Jennifer Mergott

 

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FYF 2014 Local Report: Thundercat

Having Stephen Brunner, known for his stage name of Thundercat, at the Lawn stage of this year’s festival made perfect sense. The six-string bass maestro brought his peculiar brand of avant-garde jazz to what was suitably the chillest of all the stages, and though a good few of us were standing up, you could sense that the majority of relaxed attendees - most of them laying face up and letting the sundays hit - were letting his improvisational psychedelic arrangements sink in. Brunner plays with crisp sophistication, letting his masterfully precise fingerpicking speak for itself with the backup of top-shelf musicians who each add their own improvisational grit with seamless momentum. It was a welcome respite from the bustling activity going around the festival grounds, all of us nodding in unison with casual ease as the sun began to make its descent. - Juan Rodriguez

Photo Credit: Jennifer Mergott

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FYF 2014 Local Report: Kelela

One of last year’s surprises was Kelela’s startling mixtape Cut 4 Me, a fine collection of experimental R&B featuring a who’s who of producers that shined the light on a bright and exciting young voice. Glowing in a darkened arena inside the LA Coliseum during a mid-afternoon scorcher, the MacArthur park resident caught the attention of a modest amount of attendees who were instantly drawn by her dark, yet inviting dance music. Kelela’s voice shimmered and soared above a series of perturbing, icy synths, demonstrating a great deal of overpowering versatility even when the samples she plays against are so commanding. She also gave one of the most genuine call-outs in the festival’s two days, thanking her fans for supporting her mixtape with an affable glee after mentioning how she was working at a call center in the Valley just a year ago. Kelela may be a fiery, even threateningly seductive on stage, but her warm radiance and humility outside of it makes it easy to root her. She enter a new stage in her rising career, proving that her journey to megastardom is just getting started. - Juan Rodríguez

Photo Credit: Carl Pocket for FYF Fest

 

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Video: LA Font, "Onshore"

Slacker rock foursome LA Font continue their prolific streak with the video for the track "Onshore", a ramchackle lo-fi romp that finds them echoing the straightforward hooks of Robert Pollard. As for the visuals that accompany the track, well, imagine if the band takes the concept of "loose lips sink ships" into literal terms; the band members play guitar heroes as they fend off a flying army of vicious, computer animated lips causing havoc around Echo Park, Hitchock style. LA Font is currently touring the East Coast, but they'll be back soon enough. I mean, seriously, haven't you seen them yet?

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Itasca Announces New Album "Unmoored By The Wind"

Kayla Cohen, otherwise known by her moniker, Itasca, is set to release her first full-length album, entitled "Unmoored By The Wind", on October 14th under Matt Mondanile's (Real Estate) label, New Images. Originally hailing from New York, Cohen moved to LA in 2012, the same year she released "Grace Riders on the Road". Almost two years later, the growth in Unmoored's standout track, "Nature's Gift", is apparent. Cohen has a distinct and slightly ironic mix of influences past and present. Her unique and wandering vocals have the ancient, other-worldly sound of a Gregorian chant, but the new age melancholy of modern day powerhouses Lana Del Rey and Sharon Van Etten. There's an ethereal exoticism to her lyrics that is both captivating and sensual. She invites you into her world; a vulnerable, dream-like setting that's hard to say no to. - Jennifer Mergott

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Video: Francisco The Man, "Progress"

Former Riverside residents Francisco The Man play a finely-tuned brand of indie rock that is instantly timeless, bringing to mind a large number of late 90s, early 2000s bands that primordially relied on a catchy hook and a driving melody when alterna-pop was still especially all the rage. A tiny whiff of atmosphere accompanies the urgent beat in "Progress", the first single from their upcoming debut full-length Loose Ends, which could've lightened up a number of early-afternoon festival slots this summer had festival curators been truly paying attention. Singer-guitarist Scott Cantino's high-ptiched, yet luminous vocals are refracted against an explosion of twinkling guitars and airy synths, accompanied by a dense, yet bouncy charge that's smartly accesible. Loose Ends comes out on September 30th via Small Plates.

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