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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.

6 Days to Bonnaroo: James Blake

Bonnaroo Tip of the Day: One word. Sunscreen.

James Blake – Saturday, June 14, 8:45 P.M. – That Tent

Similar Bonnaroo Sounds: Broken Bells, Disclosure 


Generally, I’m a music listener that likes sporadic changes and quick tempo. But that’s not James Blake. His music takes its time, slowly moves, churning like a soft current. There is an overwhelming openness to the music he produces; you can almost feel the breeze it conjures brush past your cheek. And his voice, his voice adds passion to the drifting instrumentals, that may otherwise feel dull. In 2011, Blake released his self-titled debut, and turned the music critics eyes doing so. 2013 was another big year for Blake, his second album Overgrown received another warm welcome and even helped ear him a Grammy nomination.

I’ve just found this remarkable version of “Limit To Your Love” off of Blake’s first album. Feist, who first recorded the song for her 2007 album The Reminder, has been a favorite of mine for sometime; her music always reminds me of my time as a camp counselor, and Blake’s recording does the original supreme justice. He’s a real talent, one who we’ve only started to see shine.

20 Days to Bonnaroo: Janelle Monáe

Beyoncé, eat your heart out! Enjoy.

Educate yourself on other Bonnaroo artists!

 Bonnaroo Tip of the Day: Flamethrowers are great for cooking food, or killing friends.

Janelle Monáe – Friday, June15, 3:30 P.M. – What Stage

Similar Bonnaroo Sounds: Ms. Lauryn Hill, James Blake, Chance the Rapper


I hate Janelle Monáe. Actually, I love Janelle Monáe. But, I hate that she’s playing at the same time as The Orwells. It’s the shittiest decision I have to make, other than the whole fucking Chvrches Vs Vampire Weekend VS Neutral Milk Hotel debacle. But it’s a decision Monáe will win. Her funk, soul , R&B swagger is infectious. And baby, I’m addicted. The way she sings, moves, and dresses is all cool, all the time. “Black and white tux, ain’t no need for no other colors.” Live, I’m expecting a full brass band, and toes taping from here to Japan. Keep it cool…

 

21 Days to Bonnaroo: Ms. Lauryn Hill

I’m not sure what prompted the addition of “Ms.” to Lauren Hill’s name. Maybe she’s trying to tell us she’s single, and ready to mingle. Sorry Lauryn, I’m spoken for, but I’m really excited to see you at Bonnaroo! Enjoy.

Bonnaroo Tip of the Day: Don’t go see Jack White. I want to be in the front.

Ms. Lauryn Hill – Saturday, June 14, 8:45 P.M. – That Tent

Similar Bonnaroo Sounds: Frank Ocean, Janelle Monae 


If you’re white, or were musically unaware in 1994, then you might not know who Lauryn Hill is. During the Clinton administration, Hill became hugely popular as one-third of the groundbreaking rap collective, Fugees. The group’s sole female member, Hill was seen as strong, pro-feminist, swagger-filled symbol, who rapped, not about bitches and money, but about social and racial issues. Her first solo album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill succeeded both critically and commercially, winning Hill five Grammys.

Recently however, life for Lauryn Hill hasn’t been as grand. She hasn’t released an album since 2002, and last year served three months jail for tax evasion. But, let’s talk Bonnaroo. I have no doubt in my mind she will rise like phoenix, and burn the stage to the ground. Because at Bonnaroo, music matters most, and making music is what Lauryn Hill was born to do. Her voice is so soulful, so emotive, that it’s impossible not feel a connection. Whether she’s ripping through a classic Fugees verse, or serenading with solo material, Lauryn Hill is all feeling.