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DVWEZ – “Haunted” (music video)

DVWEZ (pronounced “Dames”) is a soothing ORL songstress who mixes synthpop, R&B, and electronic music into a wispy brew. “Haunted” comes from her debut PASTELS EP, released earlier this year through Drogue Records. Enjoy.

I often gauge a music video based on how it pairs with its song. In the case of “Haunted,” the two meld in a way that makes you question how one ever existed without the other. The visuals by Joe DeSantis are lucid as they flow with the songs cool production. The contrast is high as light seeps through the window behind DVWEZ, emotions flash similarly through her gentle voice. DVWEZ is as smooth as the synths; each line in the hook effortlessly trickles into the next.

Fat Night - 'Lazy Days' (ep review)

Fat Night – ‘Lazy Days’ (ep review)

Picture yourself sitting on a front porch on a beautiful Florida day, smokin’ cigarettes and watching the cars go by. Fat Night’s Lazy Days puts you there. The primary contributor appears to be the band’s deep roots in R&B and Latin vibes. Right off, skins (drums) walk on in with a jaunty jive, turning heads. You’re treated to laid-back strings (guitar), cruisin’ double time piano, and mellow guitar solo-ettes. The ride is as perfect and elusive as our chilled afternoon.

The organ and guitar carry you throughout the album on waves of reverb and pure groove, inviting you to experience the graceful dance of the two instruments, performed by talented hands. These elements rap around each other, only to suddenly repel, finally separating to show one another a thing or two. This is especially apparent on the tasty “Long Shadow Short Temper,” a fresh mix of call-and-return, paired to silky harmonies. A trippy organ solo leads you to the end of the street with the promise of a six-pack.

Regardless of the beautifully orchestrated keys and strings, one mustn’t detract from the marvelous vocals of the EP. The vocal lines take you on a ride down the coast with the top out and a damn good cigar to burn. Masterful use of triplets lends itself to the frequent off beats and groovy, riding bass. As if precise rhythms and sultry tones weren’t enough to keep your ear glued to your speakers, the vocal runs are capable of melting the frostiest of loins.            

Fat Night rounds off this lethargic afternoon with a conclusion, of sorts, with a drive into the sunset on “Thoughts.” As the sun comes down on Lazy Days, you receive a look-back, stylistically and emotionally, ending your journey as relaxed as you began it. ATTENTION SHOPPERS: Fat Night’s Lazy Days should go with you everywhere. It is fantastic for every occasion and will put you in the right mood every time. Keep it easy. Listen to Fat Night.

Fat Night – ‘Lazy Days’ (ep review) by Graham Johnson

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.

3 Days to Bonnaroo: Frank Ocean

I missed a day, so kill me. I had to drive two hours to get supplies. We have three days. Enjoy.

Bonnaroo Tip of the Day: Bring a flashlight for everyone, and a lantern to light the whole camp site.

Frank Ocean – Sunday, June 15 – The Other Tent

Similar Bonnaroo Sounds: Ms. Lauryn Hill, Janelle Monae, James Blake


My introduction to Frank Ocean came through the Odd Future rap collective. Ocean provided strong, smooth vocal melodies dispersed amongst the various mayhem being caused by Tyler, Earl, Hodgy, and whoever the hell else is in cult of Odd Future.  But Ocean’s solo work stands alone; with two successful releases and numerous Grammy nominations, the R&B superstar has emerged as an Odd Future standout.

This is an opportune time to catch a Frank Ocean’s set. His second full-length album is set to come out later this year, and he’s bound to preview some new tracks at Bonnaroo. Check out “Nature Feels” off of Nostalgia, Ultra. The song samples MGMT’s “Electric Feel” and adds a truly incredible vocal performance.