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Waldo Witt Hits His Stride on New EP

 

  Waldo Witt’s new EP, Inner Paths, beckons listeners to fully immerse themselves in the singer/producer’s psyche. The North Carolinian fuses together synth-pop, psych rock, and R&B to create groovy soundscapes that illicite introspection. It’s easy to get lost in the sauce of the dense arrangements he crafts, but the vocal melodies reach out and guide you back down his path. Recording his last record from his van, Inner Paths also allows Witt to use the studio as an instrument, as intricate production, mixing, and processing seamlessly eb and flow with the palette of a cunning professional.  

 

The five track EP takes the listeners on a fully formed journey of peaks and valleys, expressing a wide range of emotion. It is able to slide right into the rare pocket of stasis between adhering to pop music conventions and simultaneously breaking down those conventions with electronic experimentation. The opening track “For The First Time”, builds a groove into a multi-layered vocal release, swirling from ear to ear. The hooks from “Remember To Forget” and “Umstead Park” are undeniably catchy, while the title track could be heard at the club and “Lost On The Highway” could have been a hidden gem on The Breakfast Club soundtrack. 

 

Overall, Inner Paths carves out the middle ground between Toro y Moi and Peter Gabriel, sentimentally nodding to the 80’s whilst sprinting past them into the world of contemporary production. With this release, Witt is able to actualize what Kevin Parker was trying (emphasis on trying) to do with the last Tame Impala album. The detailed synthesis and drum sequences also hearken back to groups like Yellow Magic Orchestra. One of the most disappointing things about this EP is that it may be a while before these songs can be performed, which is a shame, because they are rife for live experimentation. 

 

-Hayden Steckel


 

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Replicant "Regression"

Darkwave trio Replicant has released the first two singles, "Annihilation" and "Regression", in what they are calling their Pandemic Series. All proceeds from this series will be given to support local venues and their staff who have supported the band and so many other bands over the years.

This is the work of Garrett Vernon (Vocals/Guitar/Synth), Justin DeLay (Synth/Producer), and Jordan DeLay (Bass).

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Niika "The Cage"

Niika has release visuals for the latest single, "The Cage", from her forthcoming album, Close But Not Too Close, which is due out May 15th. The animated video was created by Derek Barber aka "Perhapsy".

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Matt Evans maintains percussive composure on "New Topographics," live stream 5.1

Listening to New Topographics, the latest full length by Brooklyn drummer and composer Matt Evans, is oddly reminiscent of the experience of watching an ASMR YouTube video; it’s various percussive textures and cool synths are tactile and tingle-inducing, yet the timbre rarely rises above that of a whisper. This muted quality is what makes Evans’ most recent effort the alluring record that it is, a space wherein the artist deftly navigates quietude drum-first, ever heightening the energy through polyrhythmic breaks and employing electronic instrumentals in a manner that compliment, yet never overshadow his rhythm-forward approach. Standout tracks “Spinning Blossoms” and “Jaich Maa” well demonstrate this interweaving of elements, evocative of the ambient artists like Hiroshi Yoshimura yet decidedly more movement-oriented — even on Topographics tamer tracks, Evans’ intrepid percussion enables a forward momentum that keeps things consistently interesting. Give it a listen below, and catch Matt Evans (along with other Whatever’s Clever artists) on Twitch this Friday, May 1st for the label’s May Day Extravaganza. —Connor Beckett McInerney

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From the Submissions: anjali.rose "Reach For It"

 Brooklyn multi-instrumentalist anjali.rose hones in on the unnerving quietude of life under quarantine in new single “Reach For It,” featuring Noah Drielblatt, a atmospheric offering that melds swirling synths with guitar-driven songwriting. Methodical acoustic arpeggios, underscored by murky electronic instrumentation, provide background for Rose and Drielblatt’s hushed vox — a centering performance amid a sea of disorienting (and at times disconcerting) ambient accents. In this way, Rose conveys a quiet in the eye of the storm, an indoors meditation while the outside world is marked by muted chaos and the occasional ambulance siren (which joins the sonic tapestry towards the song’s conclusion); in many ways, “Reach For It” mirrors our own individual efforts to maintain some degree of composure throughout the strange times we’re living. Give it a listen below, and check out the rest of the tracks on the Quarantena Contigo mixtape, which features a slew of international artists and highlights the Musicians’ Emergency Relief Fund, who are providing micro-grants to working musicians seeking relief throughout COVID-19.

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