MEGUMI – “Milkweed”

MEGUMI – “Milkweed” (prod. by Dromes)

ORL producer Dromes has a knack for working with incredible female voices/songwriters. Island Science. Priest. Steffaloo. Delia Albert. DVWEZ. He finds these bright stars and makes them shine even brighter. Beautiful beats combine with giant hooks and my favorite pop songs are born.

The latest creation he has his hand in is the debut song from MEGUMI. I know very little about her other than that she’s from ORL and, from the moment a few piano keys exploded into a field of bass, bells, recorder, and other happy sounds, I loved “Milkweed.” MEGUMI’s sugary voice conjures a  very sunny commercial where  people are dancing with primary-colored scarves. But she’s not selling overpriced jeans. She’s selling happiness in the face of hardships.

you ask what i have to lose
ten pounds and an attitude
part me wants part of you
all of this makes me confused

A light blue breeze seems to blow away all of MEGUMI’s problems as bombs fall “one by one.” The instrumental beams like childhood. I can’t find anything to be sad about when I listen to this song; I’m protected by its shade. This young artist needs to release more joy into the world.

Priest White Nights Video

PRIEST – “White Nights” (Video)

The sonic whirlwinds of PRIEST came to fruition at the release of last year’s self-titled debut album. Nine beautiful songs became a cohesive project full of large, wispy sounds and Madeline Priest’s gleaming vocals. Repeat listens become second nature, as each memorable melody slowly works it way into your brain and out your larynx.

One of my favorite songs from Priest was “White Nights.” The song enters with subtle coolness; the snappy drums, brain-frying synths, and disco-tinged guitar all build into a dark swagger. Madeline’s verses are so light and silky. The whole thing oozes mystery like a James Bond theme, a thread captured in the track’s video. Pinks, purples, and light blues encapsulate my computer screen as I am shown hundreds of angles of Madeline and the band’s instrumental backbone, David Kazyk. Many different Madelines sway back-and-forth. She appears as a modern day Nico, impossible to take your eyes off of.

SALES - "big sis"

SALES – “big sis”

I’m sitting outside with my laptop and a clementine peel. It’s raining, but not pouring. The precipitation is falling perfectly parallel to earth. The droplets are thin, misting the grass. It’s Sunday. I’m listening to the new SALES song, “big sis.” The electric guitar is as gentle as the rain. It creates a warm backdrop for singer Lauren Morgan, whose voice is so comforting, you’d think she was consoling you personally. Even when the rain picks up, I remain at unscathed.

I saw SALES a few weeks back at Uncle Lou’s. The place had never been so packed; people were practically spilling out the front door. At one point, a gang of confused motorcycle-riding neanderthals wondered in, pushing their way through the crowd. The largest member of the collective, who didn’t feel the need to prove himself by shoving small indie kids, stood at the back, gently swaying to the downtempo lulls that had engrossed him. That night, much like today, SALES calmed the storm — even though it was wearing a leather vest. Enjoy.

Dromes – ‘Deep Thoughts’ (ep review)

Dromes is the moniker of Orlando vocalist, DJ, producer, and multi-instrumentalist, Chandler Strang. Over the past few months, he’s released a handful of remixes and original tracks, some purely instrumental, and some featuring his own voice or a number guest vocalists. Now, Dromes is gathering those tracks for his debut EP, Deep Thoughts. Enjoy.

Deep Thoughts is not a predictable listen. It’s filled with differing sounds, changes in tone, and unfamiliar voices. And with each new track, Dromes pulls elements from different parts of the musical spectrum. “Within, Without,” the EP’s opener, is filled with these airy synth lines that evoke Washed Out. On the very next track, “I Don’t Hate You,” Dromes lulls over these acoustic guitar melodies that hearken back to early early-to-mid-2000’s R&B slow jams – see Usher’s “U Got It Bad” and Justin Timberlake’s “What Goes Around… Comes Around.” He again switches things up on the pulsing “Norwegian Gem,” which incorporates vibrant cymbals that really add color to the song.

These jumps in style are what make Deep Thoughts such a fun ride. After repeated listens, I began to see Dromes as this guru of sound, continuously changing hats and looking damn good in every single one. But, he’s not alone. The features Dromes brings on Deep Thoughts also help shape the changing musical landscape. The vocal samples from Orlando pop artist Priest on “Only One” haunt the instrumental, turning the song into somewhat of a Crystal Castles’ stronghold. Then on “Relapse,” Dromes and Delia Albert, vocalist from Gainesville duo PALMEDO, craft an infectious, sugar-coated, dance-inducing pop tune. I could go on about the greatness of Mr. 3’s slick verse on the EP’s closer – there’s some great lines about Zubats in caves and meeting girls on Tinder – but I think I’ve made my point. I like this.

“Mr. 3 and Dromes got the shit to make your smoothie melt.”

FAV TRACKS: “If It’s Alright,” “Norwegian Gem,” “Relapse”

Dromes – “If It’s Alright”

Last night was SPACE FEST 2, an evening perfectly surreal in all the best ways. The combination of genres, art forms, and people in attendance made for an amazing event to witness. Together, Orlando raised $3,000 for The Space, a huge contribution to keeping this institution alive. Good work people, continue fighting.

One artist that graced the floor was Chandler Strang, performing under his funky fresh moniker, Dromes. Last week, he dropped “If It’s Alright.” This track confirms the “funky fresh” description with spirited piano lines and light – can I say sexy? – vocals. The chorus has these snappy guitar melodies that I swear could leave Nile Rodgers excited. After a few listens of this gem, your lazy Sunday will start feeling more like Saturday night. Enjoy.

Read Dromes thoughts on the significance of The Space in Why is The Space Important?

The Endearing Nature Sounds of Tiger Fawn

Deep in the forests of Downtown Orlando, a creature is stirring. Born out of the earth beneath its feet, this organism pays homage to its surroundings in the form of song. These musical moments seem to come directly from the earth itself. While listening, you feel the forest around you. The being I speak of is not one. It is three. It is Tiger Fawn. Enjoy.

Tiger Fawn full band

I was introduced to the forest folk three-piece Tiger Fawn at this year’s Sweater Fest. While sliding from stage to stage, my cohort and I were transfixed by Tiger Fawn frontwoman Dani Lacerda’s looped vocal melodies and wild, electric blue hair. Bassist Aimee Lindie stood atop an elevated platform with four added eyes painted on her face – a la Jack Sparrow meets Karen O. The other two members of Tiger Fawn had dawned similar tribal paint, and as one creative force, flowed through a set primitive, pop-tastic tunes.

Last week, Tiger Fawn released an EP of five songs titled The Fire Licks the Woods. The collection was finished before the additions of Lindie and drummer Russell Nylen, and therefore explores the personal creativity of Dani Lacerda. Woven throughout the EP are various nature sounds: chirping birds, falling rain, crackling fire, etc. The atmosphere created by these familiar noises is heightened by the soulful voice of Lacerda, who sits perched on a tree branch, sharing her story with the other creatures.

The Fire Licks the Woods however – although beautiful in an intimate manner – feels like a blueprint for something even greater. What I believe to be the true Tiger Fawn – or at least the one who caught my eye at Sweater Fest – is at this point best represented in the band’s live videos on the band’s YouTube Page. Here, their sound stands as the sonic being I described in the introduction. The unorthodox drumming are pounding footsteps; bass-lines evoke rolling thunder; vocal loops serve as the chatter of animals. Tiger Fawn not only recall the natural world, they create it.

If Tiger Fawn has convinced you, fantastic. These three are lighting up Lil Indies on 28th with Henry Toland, Phil Longo, and Kid Eternity. THIS IS FREE 21+ SHOW! Music starts at 9 P.M., and I’ve been promised that there will be face-paint, crazy dances, and jumping around.