just some songs

just some songs. (9/14/16)

If you look at my Soundcloud likes, you’ll see that I pretty much only listen to Central Florida artists. And way too often, I let all these really dope songs build up and up and up without reviewing them. Then, periodically, they all come out at once in a segment I call “just some songs.” Enjoy.

Kaiydo — “Fruit Punch”

Kaiydo has come out of nowhere to produce some of the brightest summertime bangers this year. The 19-year-old emcee has been heavily co-signed by huge blogs like Pigeons & Planes with “Fruit Punch” being his biggest hit to date. The instrumental feels like it was made poolside in Miami; Horns heat up the block and when the bass comes in, you’re done. Kaiydo is so confident that he could be spitting in a reclined position. You can’t have more than him because he’s got the summer.

Dog Island — “El Dorado”

Dave Hanson is best known as the quiet half of Slumberjack–his drumming serves as the foundation for partner Andrew Kelly to make a huge, emotional mess on. While touring with the duo, Dave showed me some demos of a solo project he was toiling over. As the man steps from behind the drums to the mic, he produces psychedelic slacker rock as Dog Island. “El Dorado” is the first on his five-song EP, Laniakea. Dave’s personality is all over this release, he sings gently (surrounded by oohs and ahhs), plays a happy acoustic guitar, and smiles through the entire thing.

valleyz — “The Morning” (feat. DVWEZ & Olukara)

Another perfect summer song, “The Morning” combines the angelic voice of DVWEZ, the cocky slur of CLE-to-NYC rapper Olukara, and the child-like wonder of a beat by valleyz. The sweet dinging sounds like they were made by Fisher-Price. It varies in speed depending on who’s over it, switching from light and playful for DVWEZ to a quick burst for Olukara’s bars. The conversation between the two is passionate and natural. These two need to get together again.

Rogerthomas — “Thas Wassup”

St. Peterburg is lucky to have multi-instrumentalist and producer Rogerthomas–can ORL borrow him? He combines the delicate plucking of nylon classical guitar strings with drum and bass beats to create a topographical map without words. “Thas Wassup” has peaks and valleys. One moment it’s full of ticks, synths, smooth bass, and the aforementioned guitar. The next, everything is stripped away and our artist starts again.

native feel — “dont need ur love.”

Allan Duncan is a man of many hats. He skates with the Bev Boys, makes weird, jazzy indie rock with Sailor Ripley, and DJs/produces as native feel. I’m not sure how he made “dont need ur love” or where its pieces come from, but the many rotating sounds over a glitchy D&B instrumental keeps me bobbin’. Who are these two verses by? Why does the song suddenly cut out? More questions than answers, as is this man’s forte.

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.

Fishwife & i_like_dog_face – “I Like Welcome”

Fishwife & i_like_dog_face – “I Like Welcome”

Literally, this song had been uploaded two minutes before I came to Soundcloud looking for something, and I’m thankful I stopped and listened. My interest in Sarasota experimental noise artist i_like_dog_face began at last year’s International Noise Conference in Miami. I was documenting Me Chinese’s tour at the time, who seemed like outliers amongst the eccentric sounds of INC. While wading through the three stages of weird, I was transfixed by a single person wailing and moaning into a microphone, wearing Christmas lights in an otherwise pitch-black room. The music beneath these outcries was just as hectic. Large, industrial pulses clashed against static fuzz. I was witnessing performance art and music and madness concurrently.

On this new song, we are joined by Fishwife for the sweetest thing I’ve heard from i_like_dog_face to date. The creepy beat of a blacksmith smashing iron is still here, but these hauntingly beautiful vocals, in what I think is Spanish (sorry, I have a bad ear for that), soak the entire song. They’re actually quite comforting when juxtaposed with aforementioned sounds. The two sing back-and-forth, each line flowing into the next, as the beat slowly drags itself closer and closer. The only other sounds here are faint synths, vibrating in the distance, watching these two forces meet.

Keep an ear open for the split that these two are putting out through Popnihil. Titled Heavy Water, it will feature individual works and two collaborations, “I Like Welcome” being the first. And hey, if you’re in Sarasota, think about going to this Animal Collective tribute show I helped with. There will certainly be plenty of weird sounds.

XII Island Science

Island Science – “XII”

“XII” is the debut single from Orlando dream pop three-piece, Island Science. They’re currently recording an EP and working with TVW favorite Chandler Strang, local musician from Dromes and CASE WORK.

The track rises with vocal loops from members Lisa B. and Kaley. Their light-as-air voices weave into the minimal, gliding beat; LA songstress BANKS comes to mind. The verses cry, “You don’t wanna talk to me. Don’t reach out to me just let me slip away. ” At first, I got a sense that I was being warned to stay away for my own protection. But then the chorus creeps in. “Don’t get it twisted if I don’t bow down no more. Your personal virtue, it can’t hold me down no more.” She seems to be pushing away her own good. But letting go hurts, because it’s uncomfortable. Enjoy.

just some songs (3/1)

Hey everyone! I wanted to start off by making excuses for the large gaps between posts. I’ve been really busy getting things going for our first show, “WE ARE ANIMALS.” It’s happening on 3/21 at The Space and features some of my favorite Orlando acts: Pasty Cline, Pathos, Pathos, Tiger Fawn and Witch Kings. There will be a full post announcing it soon, but you can find out more info and RSVP on the event page. It’s going to be rad and we’ve got a lot planned. In the next three weeks, I’ll be highlighting the music of the scheduled bands, maybe even throw in some video or a photo shoot. We’ll see.

Here are some songs I found while looking meandering Soundcloud. The genres vary, so if you don’t like one just go to the next sound, just skip it. We’re writing raw tonight. Enjoy.


Ghosthouse – “Carry On”

OOOooo scary! Ghosts! It’s Halloween. But, these ghost don’t want to spook; they want to party. Do you feel that bass? It’s not frightening, but it will definitely send shivers up your spine. Is that a fucking disco guitar solo? You’re damn right! Let’s exorcise those funking demons! Chicago boys Ghosthouse are all about fun, and I am very much about it. “I can be your Clark Kent, baby. You can be my Louis Lane.” Carry on boys! Enjoy.

Get down at Ghosthouse’s Soundcloud!

Fred Thomas – “Pumpkin Seeds”

Sit back. Let it all soak in. Listen to the soft strums of the guitar. The echoing voice of Fred Thomas sways like a gentle breeze. This isn’t new – it’s off of Thomas’ 2012 album Night Times – but as the hellish Florida weather begins to show mercy, it is fitting. I just want to melt into this song. And I’m glad to read the word “pumpkin” without it being followed by the word “spice.” Enjoy.

Chance The Rapper & The Social Experiment – “No Better Blues”

Chance really is one of the most uniquely emotive MCs in hip hop. Take this track fore example: Chance raps in a monotone voice as he lists everything hates in his existence. There’s no anger in his words, just a looming depression. Chance’s character in “No Better Blues” is hopelessly numb. His hate is really a passive unfeeling that is beautifully depicted by the both Chance and the stripped instrumental. Enjoy.