Stefana Fratila


Off her newest album Tristă cu Frică, Stefana Fratila pops her first single “EVIL” straight from the heart of Vancouver. Here, the noise/art-rock goddess feels textures in lyrics and vocals, guitared and bowed strings, and even neon grained images within the video too. It’s all super complimentary. Yet, with an ironic twist, in entanglement with the title, this music is contemplative and patient, bringing (potentially) about the WORST in one’s self, as the more you think and dwell, but heavier shit can get. Thus, “EVIL” is just sinking the most graceful way.

Tristă cu Frică was released yesterday on Genero. If you dig the pleasentness of Stefana Fratila’s “EVIL,” you should DEFINITELY grip a copy for yourself! Video was directed by Soledad Muñoz Fiegehen, while standing in the background as assistant editor is Strawberry Jacuzzi

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James Ferraro (or 塑臉 or suki_girl_ or user703918785...)


James Ferraro dun did it again. Early this morning, the enigmatic artist — who, clue #1, wakes up on the earlier side — released a new mixtape, titled SUKI GIRLZ. That’s clue #2. What’s clue #3? A-ha, there is no clue #3! Which leads us to clue #4: there are no rules!!

Here’s what we do know: the mixtape is called SUKI GIRLZ. But the project name isn’t clear. Maybe it’s user703918785 (according to SoundCloud),                   (according to the MP3s), or maybe even 塑臉 (according to the folder name), which translates from Chinese to “Plastic face” in English. There’s a JPG file too titled “在一個購物中心塑臉,” which translates to “Plastic face in a shopping center.” Oh, and this was all released via a link in Instagram by user suki_girl_, which could be the project name too. Or Su lian? Or just SUKI GIRLZ? Or wait, maybe there is no project name? Probably that.

None of this matters, though, because nothing really matters. Life is EMPTY.

SUKI GIRLZ here, and SUKI GIRLZ below.

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Samantha Glass

“Surreal Findings”

I think what I like MOST about Samantha Glass (Beau Devereaux) is how similar and different his music is in relation to some of my other favorite crooners. Russian Tsarlag got the Mid-West, mattress in a basement, VHS-eyes feel. Nicolas grips at a more aggressively subtle and (obviously) Spanish-esque vibe that brings a heavy foreign mystery to ears. Bernardino Femminielli harnesses a very passionate and slicked back hair – open mouth kiss upon first look – aesthetic. And Lee Noble will scare you shitless in the calmest way possible.

Samantha Glass brings that same patient synth and beat, deep vocaled song writing that is way more pensive within organic surroundings. More like an echo that resonates throughout trees in a canopied area. Seen in the video for “Surreal Findings,” viewers are privy to distorted visions of natural and ONCE natural images in a variety of filters that careens into mutating dust(??) that seem almost lifelike. Also, if the Dorval & Deveraux project has anything to say about his musical talent AND ethics of working with other solo musicians, it seems like the fellah is just warming up. As well as organizing ownership of Golden Cloud Tapes, Beau can totally continue his “A-GAME” (possibly) into the next decade. There’s so much to unravel here and there.

Samantha Glass’ newest EP Surface Water Perception is being released through Sacred Phrases on tape early next month, which contains the track “Surreal Findings.” Check out the video below!

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Owen Pallett

“Song For Five & Six” (DJ Rashad + DJ Spinn Remix)

DJ Rashad speaks to us from beyond the grave, again. The real magic behind the late genius is that he (and really all of Teklife) can turn any genre of music into footwork. Footwork functions like a tool in that way. It’s not about impressing the listener, but about making the said genre easier to dance to. Something about that functionality is what works in a track like Owen Pallett’s “Song for Five & Six:” it is transcendent while still simple in its creation, giving the notion that anyone could make and/or jam to it. That sense of inclusion is one of the reasons footwork speaks to so many people. I always think it’s sexy (and a bit sassy) to remix a track and not include the vocals, but by doing so, Rashad and Spinn turn “Song For Five & Six” into a Steve Reich drum track of sorts. Owen Pallett (formerly Final Fantasy) is touring all over this summer and falll! Cross your fingers he’ll put this in his set.

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Pusswhip Banggang


Once in awhile, things just seem to go right. You can call it luck, or divine intervention, or whatever else you want, but I just call it Pusswhip Banggang time! Fresh off a few tour dates in support of their new Drag City picture-disc single “Jambalaya,” these swamp rockers have released a video to accompany the track. Do yourself a favor and watch the “Jambalaya” video, then go ahead and grab yourself a pad of paper and a pen so you can get that grocery list just right.

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