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KYOSi's new EP "Negative Space" finds beauty in the experimental

New York-based polymath KYOSi describes the process of crafting her new extended play in terms of resonant beauty. “The question I ask myself is ‘did I make something I believe to be beautiful?’ and if the answer is yes, then I’ve reached success,” she says. As such, the recently released Negative Space contains a smattering of diverse genre influences—equal parts jazz, EDM, and pop— all congealing to create something as aesthetically pleasing as it is avant-garde. The EP’s title track is a standout example of this mellifluously-focused philosophy, with KYOSi’s vocals drifting in over reverb-laden seventh chords, all driven forward by house-inspired percussive breaks. It’s an iconoclastic release that on paper shouldn’t work, but with each separate piece in its right place, guided by KYOSi’s acute ear, it delivers a lush, experimental listening experience. Stream it below. -Connor Beckett McInerney

   

Music Blesses America at High Sierra Music Festival

Looking for something fun to do this 4th of July weekend? Do you love you some great mountains majesty, music of all shapes and genres, and food? Beverages? Trees? Camping? We recommend the High Sierra Music Festival for some good ol’ fashioned American purity. From Dispatch to Jim James, Del & Dawg to The New Mastersounds, the festival has something for most musical tastes. It’s like Burning Man but peaceful. Local favorites include Midnight North, Royal Jelly Live, Rainbow Girls, More Fatter and Eric Long. The festival runs from July 4th thru 7th in the lovely Quincy, Ca. We hope to see you there and tell us post-fest: which acts were your highlights? Land of the free, home of some killer music. May music bless America! - Michelle Kicherer, Associate Editor

 

 

   

So Sensitive's dark pop debut out 08.02; hear new single now

So Sensitive -- the dark-pop outfit born from the ashes of experimental duo Muscle & Marrow -- will release their debut album Bedroom Drama on August 2nd. They've just released second single "My Heart Is Open," after setting the tone with "What's A Girl To Do?". The new track continues the lightening of So Sensitive's sound from their earlier days; the indie pop of Kira Clark and Keith McGraw seems accessible compared to the rumbling rawness of Muscle & Marrow. Despite that, "My Heart Is Open" remains full of emotion and grit as an homage to Clark's songwriting hero Courtney Love. The single channels Bedroom Drama's themes of sexual identity, obsession, and sacrifice, showing that though the duo's music is lighter, the subject matter certainly isn't. Take a listen to "My Heart Is Open" below. - Will Sisskind

   

KYOSi's new EP "Negative Space" finds beauty in the experimental

New York-based polymath KYOSi describes the process of crafting her new extended play in terms of resonant beauty. “The question I ask myself is ‘did I make something I believe to be beautiful?’ and if the answer is yes, then I’ve reached success,” she says. As such, the recently released Negative Space contains a smattering of diverse genre influences—equal parts jazz, EDM, and pop— all congealing to create something as aesthetically pleasing as it is avant-garde. The EP’s title track is a standout example of this mellifluously-focused philosophy, with KYOSi’s vocals drifting in over reverb-laden seventh chords, all driven forward by house-inspired percussive breaks. It’s an iconoclastic release that on paper shouldn’t work, but with each separate piece in its right place, guided by KYOSi’s acute ear, it delivers a lush, experimental listening experience. Stream it below. -Connor Beckett McInerney

   

Operator Music Band unveils "Slim Spin" from upcoming full length

Brooklyn’s Operator Music Band pull no punches on new single “Slim Spin,” launching right into a three minute vamp of spring clock percussion, synth jazz chord progressions, and start-stop guitar solos of no wave origins. It’s hard to render the wide-breadth of influences OMB have channeled into this premiere track from their forthcoming album Duo Duo, but the New York quartet has an ear for understanding what distinct genre influences blend mellifluously. This is best demonstrated by the song’s second half, wherein over a repeated, hypnotic vocal line by singer and multi-instrumentalist Dara Hirsch, the group shifts keys seamlessly (and sometimes chromatically), building tension that coalesces in a melodic explosion of wurlitzer synths and sunburnt Fender riffs. It’s but a snippet of Operator Music Band’s penchant for the experimental, and it bodes well for the rest of the outfit’s sophomore record, out September 20th. Stream it below. -Connor Beckett McInerney