DIY/Lo-Fi

From the Submissions: ROHIL’s “CITRUS”

Writer, filmmaker, and musician Rohil Aniruth penned his latest single “CITRUS” while “sitting on a fire escape in New York,” a backstory that immediately colors the single’s somber, wandering narrative in terms relatable. In between lyrics sporadically examining the artist’s precarious psyche (“I’m all alone again, this time don’t feel the same”), Rohil’s electric guitar stumbles forwards in a dissociative manner. Paired with a growling, soft-spoken baritone, it becomes easy to imagine Aniruth quietly noodling about on a lurid summer night, recounting details of past love in a bittersweet manner. Such qualities make“CITRUS” is a track for those up far later than they intended, turning over the people who’ve “stained [their] brain,” wishing well to those who’ve moved on while maintaining hope to do the same one day — stream it the next time you're feeling ruminative after midnight.

Eyedress releases "Can I See You Tonight" from upcoming summer LP

Eyedress's upcoming LP Let's Skip To The Wedding has been a long time coming, but its release date of August 7th is right around the corner, so you won't have much longer to wait in order to hear the magnum opus. In the meantime, Eyedress has put out another single from the album called "Can I See You Tonight?", a track smacking of Ariel Pink and Wild Nothing vibes that expresses his love for his girlfriend. Her voice appears on the single, as both she and Eyedress recorded the track during one of her visits to LA before moving there. Let's Skip To The Wedding is Eyedress's first LP of original material since moving back to the U.S., and it's tailor-made for a summer that may have us all seeing less of the beach and more of the backyard. Take a listen to "Can I See You Tonight?" below. - Will Sisskind

Mysterious dark wave artist Lionel Boy drops video for "Lost"

Lionel Boy is a new signee to LA label Innovative Leisure, coming to Long Beach by way of Hawaii. His first release, the EP Who Is Dovey?, introduces his style which fuses grunge, shoegaze, and early 2010s dream pop together into an original form of darkwave. The first video released from the project is for the track "Lost", which mixes home video footage to the beat as it shifts from laid back and pondering to intense and cathartic. The full EP drops on June 26th, but you can check out the video for "Lost" below. - Will Sisskind

Henry Grant maintains composure on new track “Stay Well (feat. Ryan Wyner)”

You’re likely already acquainted with the psych-laden, occasionally crunchy sound of Henry Grant by way of his previous project Zula, and new single “Stay Well (feat. Ryan Wyner)” shifts Grant’s hazy instrumental approach from driving indie rock towards hazy dream pop. Still present is an off-kilter, DIY approach to instrumentation that gives “Stay Well” a discordant-yet-melodic energy, albeit such sounds are now presented at a chilled pace. Moreover, this steady, dreamlike quality lends itself well to Grant’s lyrics, which detail the quarantine distance, the process of “celebrating lonely sounds” and “laying low till they figure it out.” While certain elements of Grant’s songwriting feel anxious and claustrophobic at times (“formless feelings, melancholy”) the track’s mellow, progressive structure endows a sense of resolve, an ability to maintain cool composure in the center of the storm. Stream it below, and watch Henry Grant’s page for more intrepid synth later this year.

Van lifer flowers de moon releases single & video for "Anthem of Bob"

It is a time to celebrate whatever freedom we can, and Doug Fraley's doing so with his solo project flowers de moon and new single "Anthem of Bob". Fraley's new track gives praise to the van life, a life upon which Fraley embarked last year as he trekked from his home base of Pittsburgh to his new digs in Highland Park. "Anthem of Bob" is Fraley's LA debut, as well as his first release as a solo project, although the new single does include contributions from former bandmate Olivia Price. The video features the indietronica track over clips of Fraley near the Salton Sea, all of which were filmed before quarantine. The song and video stand as a testament to freedom of spirit and location, which will hopefully resume in full force soon. Take a look at the video for "Anthem of Bob" below. - Will Sisskind

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