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.

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.

SALES – “Renee” (Tiny Desk Submission)

Orlando duo SALES have yet to perform on NPR’s Tiny Desk series, but looking at their submission video, NPR is missing out. Lauren Morgan’s vocals fit oh so perfectly with the intimate ambience of the video’s mood; it’s easy to lose yourself in this two-some’s cozy sounds. Enjoy.

Hear SALES’ latest EP at their Bandcamp.


SALES – “toto (XXYYXX Remix)”

An Orlando producer shapes his own version of an already great track, originally created by a fellow Orlando act. The result is refreshing. Listen to the original below, and catch SALES next week at Will’s with Maximino, Pathos Pathos, and The Welzeins. Enjoy.