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November 2013
Wooden Shjips
"Back to Land

Hailing from San Francisco, psychedelic group Wooden Shjips, has just released their newest album Back to Land. The album brings together a sound crafted from inspirations that range from psychedelic music to classic rock.

The album is an entire trip in itself.  One can hear hints of 80s music, classic rock, and modern garage rock styles in the record, but they always resolve back to their classic psychedelic sound. With tracks like “In The Roses,” which brings a very spacey, low volume vocals, and a lo-fi sound that is not too cheesy or under produced. to “Ghouls,” which is a much faster, much more psychedelic rock sounding song that takes influences from classic rock guitar chords, while still utilizing classic psychedelic synthesizers.

Most songs on the album carry a jam-band sound, without becoming too abstract or getting too carried away. And in some cases, the music is so vast in genre diversity, one is surprised at the resulting sound, such as in the track, “These Shadows”, which starts off with an extremely catchy intro guitar riff and carries a vague David Bowie meets Velvet Underground sound.

“Back to Land” is a great piece of work that utilizes the potential of each member of Wooden Shjips effectively and thoroughly.

Most importantly, “Back to Land” is an experimentation of how far the psychedelic genre can stretch while still successfully staying true to its roots.

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Boy-girl folk duo Sacred Destinies recording new works

Sacred Destinies's dulcet boy-girl harmonies come as a surprise to many, even the duo. The band's origin: Charlyne Yi and Jet Elfman were previously of far more aggressive bands — she was the singer of garage-punk outfit The Rangdangs, and he was guitarist/vocalist in the Angelean experimental indie flavored Wide Streets. They both yelled. A lot.

"I had no idea that he had the most angelic voice in the whole world till we jammed one night," says Charlyne.

Soon after a new band was formed. Synth and guitar intertwined as voice carried voice into the beginnings of a folk sound far different from the duo's previous bands. Jet already knew their name.

"I had so much fun playing music with him, I jokingly asked, "What's our band called?" And without any hesitation he looked back at me and answered, "Sacred Destinies," like he had known for an eternity."

With only one song finished and a gig set in Colorado, Jet and Charlyne threw together a ragtag tour, pushing themselves to write more songs together. Somewhere along the way, things got weird and magical.

"Jet also found a glowing sword at the bottom of a swamp where I was drowning, he taught me to swim, we used the magic sword to slay some monsters and save a sandwich from an evil sorcerer, which we shared after our great adventure."

Sacred Destinies are currently in recording sessions, having played on numerous occasions at The Smell and Pehrspace. Their prowess is also featured in the musical score for Bobcat Goldthwait's recent documentary of comedian Barry Crimmins: Call Me Lucky. Listen to the hauntingly beautiful demo "Storks and Mosquitos", a first taste of more to come. - Ryan Mo, photo credit: Melissa Ramirez

Artist to Watch: Slow Coda

Highland Park quintet Slow Coda write spectral-sounding pop songs that are tailor-made for those transient moments worth remembering. Crisp, sparkling balladry affects most their latest EP You Again, which is the first time the project operates as a full band as opposed to their beginnings as bedroom recorders to give their live shows more resonance. Driven by lead single "Used to Know", most of the EP goes by quickly with its galloping rhythms and lush, swerving guitar lines. But it’s not all just perky abandon - there’s a graceful sophistication in their fragile passages that reveals an intent to yield their immaculate songs in a carefully-sequenced manner.

Slow Coda is currently preparing for the official physical release of You Again, which will be available in cassette form through Weiner Records. - Juan Rodríguez


Watch instrumental duo Littlest Sister's new video "Begin Again"

Cindy Sukrattawong is one integral third of surfpunky Dustin and the Explosions. She causes a ruckus on the regular, trading dirty guitar licks and bass fills with Mike Trejo. But on her spare time, Cindy is strips down the guitar tone to its most basic form, harvesting acoustic timbres for her instrumental project Littlest Sister. Backed by drummer Evan Piehler (also part of D & the E's), the duo's sounds rolls like a summer wind with its rising and falling rhythms, with cascading strums that ease into a soft lull. Emotionally dynamic, Littlest Sister offers listeners a peak of the greatest heights for the heart to soar in the intimate expanse of its wordless narratives.

Watch their first official music video "Begin Again" below, and find the song on their self-titled debut, available on local microlabel Bed Weather Records. - Ryan Mo

White Dove working on follow-up to 2013 breakthrough release

Sierra Madre four piece White Dove write immaculate pop songs that chime gently like a cool breeze. There’s a touch of soft-rock sophistication in their slick mid-tempo arrangements, though their use of textural guitar lines with a slight country flair proves they intend to produce a more grainy, atmospheric sound.

There hasn’t been any news since the release of “Caroline” late last year, as they’re working on new material; that said, having performed a few shows during the Summer is good reason to believe the follow-up to 2013's “The Hoss, The Candle” may appear any time soon.



Deradoorian's newest track "Komodo" is a neo-traditional masterpiece

Angel Deradoorian's bass, keys and vocals have notably lifted the Brooklyn-based experimental outfit Dirty Projectors and Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks, not to mention the songs she's collab'd with Vampire Weekend, Flying Lotus, Matmos, and on. She's oft seen live performing the duties of two or more musicians, a real testament to her skill as musician.

Her new project, christened Deradoorian, is a several-year long craft first received in 2009's Mind Raft EP. It was lauded by tastemakers for its sensuality and adept layering. Almost six years later, the fruits of her labor are ripe for the picking. Listen to Deradoorian's newest track "Komodo", off her debut album The Expanding Flower Planet. Organs, clavichords, brass patches and vocal overdubs join, depart, and reconcile in this cautionary song about the komodo dragon fusing worldly styles with harmonic artifice. 

The Expanding Flower Planet is set to release August 21 via Anticon Records. Get a live taste on September 22nd when she performs at the Echo with Stereolab's Laetitia Sadier. - Ryan Mo, photo credit: Bennet Perez



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