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The Wise Ways of “Wise Words” by Tay and the JangLahDahs

There is much to take in with Tay and the JangLahDahs’ latest EP, “Bloomin.” Self-described orchestral psych-folk-rock, this group brings a booming serenade of talent from all angles. There’s the strong vocals of Tay Robin, who sounds like what Dolores O’Riordan of The Cranberries might have sounded like if she weren’t always yodeling. There’s that lovely stand-up base with a cooing rich trumpet and are we hearing a a glockenspiel? An electric violin? A mandolin? It all comes together with a rich folksy feel, an Irish twist, and delightful harmonies. Purely enjoyable stuff here. Come see them play at The Starry Plough on February 22 and hey, check out their music video for “Wise Words.” Ah, soothing purity. -Michelle Kicherer, Associate Editor

   

A Deli Premier: The Campbell Apartment’s “Saltwater & Sunburn"

The Deli is proud to premier a new single from San Francisco’s own The Campbell Apartment. Campbell is like a loveable mutt: a Doctor Dog mixed with a Sonny and the Sunsets and maybe a Ween. Well aren’t mutts the healthiest breeds? “Saltwater & Sunburn” is a great example of the group’s variations in style. Saltwater is a lovely stray from the group's previous songs, laced with humming echoing vocals over the story of an ending affair. Beachy vibes are high on this one. Always with a touch of tongue n cheek, Campbell Apartment is just fun to listen to, and they’re killer fun live. Keep an eye out for their upcoming shows. -Michelle Kicherer, Associate Editor 

   

The She’s Play The Independent for Noise Pop, February 27th

The last time The She’s blessed us with an album was in 2017 with the release of the appropriately named “All Female Rock and Roll Quartet.” Mastered by Oakland’s own Piper Payne (we love you) and mentored, as the girls lovingly say, by Merrill Garbus (Tune-Yards, another Oakland great), well: the album was as delightful as we were expecting. Though laced with some of the same heart we hear on their first album--lots of those lovely pure melodies and catchy, surfy pop riffs--Quartet is, if we may, a little bolder than their first LP. Remember, these She’s aren’t teens anymore (newsflash, Walter Cronkite, they’ve been playing together since middle school). Exploring funkier, dronier tonalities and writing about more than simple matters of the heart, Quartet takes The She’s to a different place. Special love to “Heartache” and “Lie Again.” What’s next? Find out on February 27th, when they’re playing The Independent with Albert Hammond Jr as part of Noise Pop. -Michelle Kicherer, Associate Editor 

 

 

   

Healing Potpourri’s Bossa Pop at Noise Pop

Ah, what a dreamy fine time it is listening to Healing Potpourri. These guys have mastered the art of the silky bossa nova beach vibes, complete with clips of seagulls chuckling away. Songs are pure charm without being too cutesy, heavy with the mastery of their instruments and production. Tunes are filled with hazy keyboards, floating guitar warbles, a gentle sax, and lyrics with a Nilsson-esq cleverness. Fans of Whitney will enjoy the angelic vocals and well, probably everything else. Ah, healing indeed. We’re pleased to announce they’re playing Noise Pop at Bottom of the Hill and before that, they're playing with Real Estate at The Chapel (sold out). Lovely! -Michelle Kicherer, Associate Editor

   

Credit Guitars on Credit Electric’s New EP “Red Glow”

Self-described rock n’ chair band Credit Electric just released their new EP, “Red Glow” and it is a mighty feast for the ears. If by rock n’ chair they meant that these songs make you want to sit back with a cold one and let the intertwining guitars work their soothing Americana magic, they nailed their goal. Tracks are infused with the sway of a lovely steel guitar, Ryan LoPilato’s vocals are like a less cutesy version of Stuart Murdoch (we love you, Stuart) and title track “Red Glow” provides a platform for some killer folk jam serenades. Ah, let that cosmo electric vibe float in. Recorded at Doc Boyd Audio in Oakland, this EP is truly a refreshing taste off their forthcoming album. Oakland is lucky to have these folks and we’re ready to see them comin’ up next month. Their next show is February 6 where they open for Fantastic Negrito at Harlow's. Next up, February 7th at The Ivy Room, with Ariel Wang, My Evergreen Soul and Coywolf. So much good to come! -Michelle Kicherer, Associate Editor