San Francisco’s electro pop outfit Silver Swans dropped their newest album entitled Forever earlier this month. The band is consists of vocalist Ann Yu along with musician/producer Jon Waters and they make a very calming blend of atmospheric synths and dreamy vocals. In a similar sound of Beach House and The Knife, this is pop music best served during periods of relaxation. Check out my favorite single from the new album, “Let It Happen”, below. If you like what you hear, you can purchase the album on their Bandcamp page for only $10.
Written by Greg Dahman
Toward the beginning of December, Brett featured San Fran band Geographer in a Band to Watch post. About a month ago, the band released a new track called “Life of Crime”. You can stream the song below. The band will be on tour throughout March, making the trek through the Midwest toward the end of the month. Geographer will play Cleveland, Grand Rapids, Chicago and St. Louis between March 28th and 31st. Up-and-comers Miniature Tigers will be on hand to lend support.
Written by Rob Peoni
If you listen to music every day, you start reaching for different flavors on different occasions. Each album and band serves a purpose. Sometimes, I’m looking to be challenged by the music that I’m listening to. More often, though, I listen to music as a release, preferring it wash over me – erasing the serious thoughts of the day.
Garage rock, of the psychedelic San Francisco variety, has remained a reliable friend on the days that I’m looking to zone out. The songs have a tendency to blend together without ever growing dull or sluggish. It proves easy to lose yourself in the distortion. The songs are generally short and lacking in surprises, as if your mind can write the next note without ever having heard the record before. There’s a certain beauty and satisfaction in that dependability.
The latest San Fran outfit to fill this void comes in the form of The Spyrals. The band released their debut, self-titled album on New Year’s Day. However, they kept busy in 2011 releasing a five-track EP entitled Clouds and a 7”. Below you will find a stream for the song “Lonely Eyes.” It is the opening track from the new album. Give it a whirl.
Written by Rob Peoni