Fluorescent Heights // Vendetta In Paradise
Mother Nature is just getting sloppy now. It’s not the fact that it’s been snowing off and on for weeks; it’s more that it’s a wet, soggy, damp mixture that just leaves me feeling lazy and ready for warm weather. You’d think that listening to music that exudes tropical vibes would serve to counteract my seasonal affect disorder, but I think it’s just making it worse. That being said Fluorescent Heights Vendetta In Paradise is really good. I can’t help the way I feel, so whatever.
This guy pitched his music to me as,“There are bloodstains on your Hawaiian shirts and you know why. There’s no escape route to paradise from the petit bourgeois world you wanted to leave behind. Your new-age-bachelor’s pad is paid with money made in a first world still exploiting the so called third. Keep in mind: the music may still sound lovely but the prospects within are gloomy.” Poetry. The music itself exists in a matrix somewhere between tropical exotica and drone. The samples and synths bleed into each other and the tracks linger on to almost the 10-minute mark which serves to trick your brain into some sort of lost paradise trance. I’m getting some serious 2009 vibes from this thing and that makes me very happy.
Vendetta In Paradise is out now through Sicsic Tapes.
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Jeans Wilder // “Spanish Tile”
A hotly anticipated album around these parts is the upcoming full-length from San Diego lo-fi wonder Jeans Wilder. I’ve been a big fan of Jeans since 2009 when he put out Antiques through Night People. Since that time his sound has evolved from ghost pop to more of a 1960’s-tinged, beach-encrusted psych pop. On June 26, Everloving will put out Totally, Jeans followup to 2010’s excellent “nice trash.”
“Spanish Tile” is actually the second single to surface from the album and it finds Jeans noodling around with 1960’s exotica vibes. If you’ve ever wondered what it would sound like when a California beach bum emulated Les Baxter or Bert Kaempfert while simultaneously retaining a beach pop attitude, then “Spanish Tile” will put that farfetched and somewhat bizarre curiosity to rest. Oh, and make sure you check out the album’s first single “Limeade” while you’re at it.
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Today I had the most wonderful Thai food. Then I watched Oprah because there was nothing else on TV (apparently this is her next-to-last season). Then I watched in amusement as my brother-in-law ran through the field trying to get a kite to fly.
Then I read something that made my day even better:
Monster Rally has put out some more of his amazing warped, sample-based exotica. I seriously love everything that this dude puts out. The new 7” called Color Sky is four songs long and is available for free on his bandcamp. If for some reason you haven’t checked him out yet, DO IT. Summer is ending and this is the best way to hold onto a little bit of it.
Great news! Monster Rally has just released his newest batch of songs on his bandcamp entitled Palm Reader. He creates amazing sample-based tropical music. The samples he uses are pure exotica ala Les Baxter or Bert Kaempfert. It evokes mental images of a 1950’s island vacation complete with luaus and tiki torches. The music is just enjoyable all around, and I urge you to download his two releases off of his bandcamp, which he is offering for free.