just some songs. 2:12:2016

just some songs. (2/12/16)

Hey Everyone! Welcome to the 10th installment of “just some songs.,” a handful of tracks that have stuck with me as of late, with an accompanying blip about my thoughts and feelings, and an introduction to the artists who’ve composed them. If you’d like to have your music featured in the next edition, email me (matt@thevinylwarhol.com) and I’ll take a listen. All genres are welcome. Soundcloud is my preferred platform (it’s prettier). Enjoy.

SALES — “jamz”

SALES has hit the big time, and with pure candy-coated ear bliss like this, it’s easy to understand the two piece’s broad reach. I remember seeing them at Uncle Lou’s not long ago. Like is the case the grimiest, divey-est dive bar in Orlando, some seedy characters eventually rolled through. Giants draped in leather vests, a group of seven-to-ten bikers — we heard them coming three blocks away — took to the crowded venue looking for a drink. In less than five minutes, SALES smooth beats and vapor-like vocals had these ruffians swaying along. But, as is the case with SALES, these sweet sounds are just a guised for deeply personal and emotive lyrics. Tears fuck-up leather.

beachday — “plus 0ne” (feat. babeisland)

Let me tell you about nightcore. It’s new to me, so I thought a genre explanation was in order. Nightcore is a genre of dance music where twisted individuals speed-up previously existing bangers. The result is music that is too fast to dance to. Orlando nightcore aficionado beachday has made one of my favorite driving songs in recent memory with “plus one”. The chipmunk vocals pierce your brain until you’re asking random strangers the song’s repeated request.

Soapbox Soliloquy — “Oxy Hannah”

St. Pete pysch queen, Soapbox Soliloquy is back with “Oxy Hannah.” The first song off her upcoming full-length, Heady Stones. Here, Jasmine Deja comes through with her jangliest song yet. Her vocals sound deformed as she sings in an androgynous howl. If you’re in Tampa next Sunday, come by Frolic Exchange and see her as a part of Tiger Fawn’s “Little Fuckin’ Birdie Tour” — TVW booked it!

Rest In Peace — “Loss”

Grotesque producer CHVRLIEDR_OWN(R.I.P.) has a whole album’s worth of haunting industrial tunes on his Soundcloud. On “Loss,” he sounds like a mix between Trent Resnor and Blackstar David Bowie. The canvas he whispers over is minimal, but echoes like a damp cavern.

Graphs — “House Sitting”

Man, I love indie pop. Much like SALES, Graphs is shepherded by vocals that defy gravity; my feet lift off the ground when I here such airy coos. The instrumentals are just as drawling, liquid xanax for the soul. After the 80 mph speed binge that is “plus one,” this will have you lounging on cloud downer.

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Soapbox Soliloquy – ‘Closeface//Ghostface’ ep

There’s sort of mutual respect between psychedelic dreampop and sweltering heat. The light guitars and blurred vocals always seem to be my soundtrack to melt to. Maybe this realization is only coming out because I’m currently listening to the new Soapbox Soliloquy while sitting outside in minimal shade, but after the heatstroke kicks in and my bones dissolve, I’ll be a happy puddle of goo.  

Soapbox Soliloquy is the monicker of St. Pete singer-songwriter, Jasmine Deja. I really dug the EP, Clothed in Cost, she released last summer, and since then, she’s come out with two more, the most recent being late-July’s Closeface//Ghostface. Deja is more monumental than ever on this new EP. A huge chunk of the acoustic strumming has been replaced with walls of clanging guitars, and the vocals are more prominent in the mix, varying from Ty Segall-esque wails to ghostly hums.  

Tomorrow, Soapbox Soliloquy is playing a show at Space Station with fellow St. Pete fam, Sonic Graffiti, and Orlando’s fuzz alien, Timothy Eerie. I could be wrong, but this may be the first time she’s played in Orlando. Either way, it’s free, so yeah. Enjoy.

Monophonics – “Promises”

San Francisco psych-soul band Monophonics just released a fresh 7″ titled Promises/Strange Love. The A-side “Promises” is James Bond-esque slow burner infused with melodic horn grooves and groovy guitar melodies. Redundancy aside, all of these bright colors are contained by tightly compressed rhythm section that acts as a backbone, bent after copious dance moves. Enjoy.

Catch Monophonics tonight at The Plaza with Galactic.

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – “Hot Water”

Has the flute ever sounded so sexy? I’m not sure. I’m not much of a flute enthusiast, and that is because most isn’t backed by a brilliant psychedelic glow. The chorus vocal snakes itself into the flute melody, creating a cool and catchy groove that I can get into. So, Bethany, the 11-year-old Lawton Chiles Middle Academy flutist that I despised, eat your heart out! You ain’t got shit on King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard. Enjoy.