When Brijesh Pandya isn’t drumming for superb local acts (Air Life, Alina Bea, Cassandra Violet, Steady Holiday), he’s making music as Haathi (Hindi for “elephant”). His debut single, “Say Goodnight,” was recorded in his Valley Village apartment and is a bop of indie rock with a buoyant tempo and a catchy chorus channeling a worldbeat vibe that would make Gotye jealous.
“The mistake was all mine to keep lying to myself this time.”
mini bear (a.k.a. Lauren Kop) recently returned by releasing her sophomore EP, Mind Control, via New Professor Music. Mixed and mastered by Allene Norton (of CELLARS), the songs continue Kop’s signature style of darkish retrowave pop via analog synths, danceable digi-beats, and haunting vocals. Here’s the eerie single “Technopoly Conversations” which features Norton on backing vocals and Danny Fluck on synth bass.
“Your truths hide in the depths of your heart.”
And here’s the song’s music video which was shot in DTLA, directed by Nova Rockafeller and Kavan The Kid, features bright animations by Robin Eisenberg, and Sydney Banta (of L.A. Girlfriend) and Taleen Kali (of TÜLIPS) as Robert Palmer-inspired backup dancers. Kop claims the video’s concept is a “neon dream” where she “receives a call from her future self to give a warning that the future is rapidly approaching and she will no longer be human.” The result is smoky, trippy, and reliably rad.
mini bear‘s EP release party is on October 7th at Resident.
Lilyer is the new moniker of Marte Solbakken (formerly of WATERS and Elskling) who now calls Highland Park home. Her debut single, “I Was On Your Side,” was written when Solbakken was “questioning a lot of things I used to believe in.” Sune Rose Wagner (of The Raveonettes) produced the song in his DTLA loft and the result is an enveloping wave of pop with retro inclinations via dreamy synths, subtle digi-beats, and a very ethereal voice.
Creature Canyon is a band of rad dudes based out of Rancho Peñasquitos. Their debut album, Life I Know, is a groovy, spastic blend of indie rock riffs delivered with a bluesy throwback such as on the title track.
“I’m living the life I know.”
And of course, such a riveting song deserves a fun music video. Shot at their bassist’s house, a local bar, and in an Old Town alleyway (among other places), the video aptly captures the band’s spontaneously energetic and hilarious personas.
Creature Canyon will perform on September 22nd at the Make-Out Room.
Justin Michael Williams is a Venice Beach-based yoga teacher who decided to record an album after being inspired by a question his cancer-stricken grandmother once asked: “If you were in my shoes and knew you were going to die in two months, what would you do?” The result is his debut album, Metamorphosis, which drops September 23rd. Here’s his latest leaked single, “He & I,” which was produced by Johnny What and is a chilling, neo-R&B burner via ominous synths, heavy downtempo beats, edgy effects, and an arrestingly sharp falsetto of soul.
J Sutta is a veteran popster originally from Miami who now enduringly calls Studio City home (which she claims “will be the coolest spot to hang in about twelve years”). Her new single, “Distortion,” is the second song leaked off her forthcoming debut album I SAY YES (Premier League Music). Produced by The Code and Danny Majic, the pop song is a solid pump-up bash built on pulsing synths, deep digi-beats, electro effects, and a very versatile voice.
Linda Lind is a native of Sweden who now calls Studio City home. Her latest single, “Reckless Behavior,” was co-written by MacGregor Leo in a local house studio and the result is a riveting, poptastic smash built on ominous synth waves, pulsing electro beats, and a reliably sharp voice.
Ross Nicol is a Del Mar native who turned vagabond this summer via a homemade camper van filled with instruments, cameras, and a surfboard. His new single, “Vera,” is off his forthcoming debut LP, New Streets, and was recorded on 2″ tape with producer Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes) and features Bennett Dean Lewis (of Of Montreal) on guitar. The result is a lo-fi, jangly dreamwave filled with psycedhelic undertones and laidback melodies.
“You’ll pick up your phone before I can pick your heart.”
Jackie Zealous isn’t just a dude but instead a whole trio of dudes from Santa Cruz. Their debut album, Psychic Data, drops on September 9th and was mixed by Jesse Nichols (Ty Segall, Mikal Cronin) and mastered by J.J. Golden (Fuzz, Pinback). The result is a grooving collection of fuzzy garage pop saturated in laidback melodies such as on the opening track “Olympia.”
As a tween growing up in France, Cindy Alma decided she would one day move to Los Angeles after watching an episode of Baywatch. Later as a teen, she fulfilled her dream by moving to Weho. Now the popstress has leaked a new single, “Sad Song,” which she claims has a trick title and is “actually more of an empowering” song. The track opens like power ballad –channeled by Alma’s epic voice– but soon bursts open with an indie pop blast of buoyant beats and edgy effects.