Dream Pop from Mirrorball

Mirrorball is a fairly new band to the LA scene, though its two members have long been working in the musical community. But, their new project has this shimmering fragility that you can identify with almost immediately. The guitar chords seemingly dance in the distance, while there’s an electronic noodling that wavers in the foreground. There’s this forlorn vibe, almost making you weep as the song moves along…and I’m not even sad. They’ll likely draw some comparisons to Beach House, which are apt, but as a new band, there’s plenty of ways they can grow. For now, this single appears as part of Dangerbird’s Microdose Series.

Check Out the New Criminal Hygiene Video

Criminal Hygiene is an L.A. based band we have known for many years after meeting at SXSW one year and doing a show together afterwards. Well the guys went quiet for a few years after that, but have returned this year with a ton of new music and a new album on the way. Their latest single “Dangers of Convenience” can be found below and features the always enticing garage rock, in your face style which is what caused me to originally be turned on to the band. I’m happy for the boys to hop on to major label Dangerbird to release the new album Run it Again on March 1st.

Cones Drop Later

The Rosen brothers have previously supported Eleanor Friedberger in her live band,but they’re now focusing on their own project, Cones. It’s the best way to open up a Friday; it’s got a natural spritely attitude lurking beneath the subtle pop structures. Slight electronic pulses and looped drums provide the perfect background for the vocals to softly take a ride in the front of the mix. The emotional hook comes via the chorus where the tones take a slight turn and varying textures are added to flesh the track out. The single is now available via Dangerbird.

Brand New Music from The Dears

I still remember seeing the Dears at the Parish in 2009; I remember thinking that no one had owned the stage quite like Murray Lightburn…I still think that to this day. They just released the second single from Times Infinity Volume Two…the companion piece to Volume One that was released in 2015; these songs were recorded in the same session. Despite Lightburn’s claim that these songs were “during an unmistakable sense of unease” you can still hear the band holding onto hope. Even the spirit of the song survives, with an upbeat vibe from the bouncing percussion. Still, the winner will always be Murray’s pipes. Always. Look for the the new LP on July 14th via Dangerbird and Paperbag.