Yung Lean

“Yoshi City”

Yung Lean is so fucking Alpha. I’d let him fuck the shit outta me. How old you think he is? “Yoshi City” make him appear tween-ish. More like twink-Alpha. But the way he ghost-ride that three-wheeler make him seem 18-ish. Wait, no, he’s garbage-trucking that three-wheeler. He’s Sweedish, right? I’ll bet IRL he got that big-dick voice too; he speaks all in bold, maybe.

So, like Yung Lean is burning down “Yoshi City” and puffing pounds. Is this maybe the route Miley Cryus should’ve came of age? Seems more low-key and proper. And European, but I’ve never lived there. So I’ve NO idea what Europe even smells like, let alone what it thinks of collectively. Maybe soccer. Maybe being attached to Asia. Maybe they’re just searching for the lost “Yoshi City,” but Yung Lean done burnt it down and is balls deep in my throat. So what!

…..this whole video post couldn’t get any more awkward than actually trying to write about it, right?

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“Train Dreams (for Denis Johnson)”

After enduring the ravages of re-entry, the first astronaut’s pages drift in the chemical wind, pecked at by birds and rust, finally settling on the surface of a beacon-less ocean. A staggering ship rescues the pages.

Far from restoration, the damaged and fragmented text is illuminated by the ship’s crew. They shine strange rails of light through the text’s waterlogged lungs; the rails reach past the atmosphere, into remote loneliness and decay, the origin of the astral, yet ordinary, tragedy.

Wooden punches, through pan delay, become slaps, falling into the origin’s open wound, cultured with soft analog distortion, short circuits, ambient chords, and steel friction. The wound is further cultivated by an edge trimmer. The buzz of its nylon string travels unpredictably.

The wound is left unassisted for a beat or two, right before a “spine-tingling” human groan of anguish. The groan precedes certain death. It is the explicit, condensed version of “Train Dreams (for Denis Johnson)’s” first five minutes. A revisitation to the unrecorded moment of re-entry, where things went wrong.

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Neptune Moon

So Neptune Moon is some straight-up DIY film-making zones. And sort of along the lines of greatness in musician-to-short-films such as LDR’s STRONG Tropico FEMINISM and AnCo’s ODDSAC, Vulkano is bringing companion-piece mastership with using hardly anything but your psyche to trip up to the next level of that -delia. There are some definite references here that I don’t recognize, or maybe I do, but don’t want to spoil for y’all. It’s actually a straightforward storyline with rare teller ability.

Vulkano’s Neptune Moon is the companion to Live Wild Die Free, which will be released 7/1 via Vulanomusik. ENJOY THE FLICK!

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Doll Food

“Marrow Deep”

Iowa City drone/psych weirdos Doll Food dropped their latest tape, Marrow Deep, for L.A.’s Not Not Fun a few weeks back, which incorporates skewed pop leanings with other noise and drone elements, all while maintaining a beautifully creepy vibe. And now we’ve got some visual accompaniment to one of the tape’s more unsettling, hypnotic tunes. The video for the title track continues the group’s lo-fi aesthetic, looking like a backyard horror movie you and your freaky friends would make on a dull Fall afternoon. It’s effective in its simplistic, unsettling feel, and it serves as good of a visual representation of the tape as I can imagine. Pick up your copy of Marrow Deep right here.

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Envalira EP

This is more of a reminder than anything, but Desert’s newest Envalira EP came out yesterday and is spinning 12-inches of gloriously dreamed out pop meets dj-esque production meets beach-wave meets eternity somewhere in Europe. But if you pre-orderd the vinyl, it’ll probably be on your American door-step today after work/school/service/etc. Summer begins this Saturday (officially, no matter how hot it’s been and how many shorts you’ve already made), so prepare yourself for the melt with Envalira EP. It doesn’t get any easier that spinning, dropping, and fading out. GET SOME!!!

Stream Envalira EP by Desert below while it awaits you on your doorstep tonight or sometime this week:

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