Local Music Singles Roundup: June 2022

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Ah, summer, what a time to live. For many, winters can feel like death while you feel trapped in a dark room. But with the weather warming up and the sun shining, it’s time to let our heads wander and enjoy warmer temperatures. SLUGit’s june Local Music Singles Roundup got you covered for all your upcoming summer celebrations.


Lady Infinity
“BETTER ALONE”

Mayham Noiz Music
Street: 02.14
Lady Infinity = Jorja Smith + Sabrina Claudio

“Better Alone” by Lady Infinity is a haunting single that preaches self-love with a very fitting Valentine’s Day release date. The track begins with a steady, snappy beat and R&B instrumentation as Lady Infinity showcases her deep, hypnotic vocals almost from the start. Throughout the song, her voice establishes a warm vibe and brings the track to life. Lady Infinity sings about being ready to let go and focus on herself: “Boy, you were on my mind / I felt no love / Shit, I should have known / Red flags lifted but no bodies at home.” The track evokes a calm, wicked energy and embodies the power of femininity.Francois Birdy


The Mellons
“What a Time to Live”

Earth Libraries
Street: 05:20
The Mellons = The Beach Boys + The Turtles + Weird Harpers

Sixties-influenced pop quartet, The Mellons “What a Time to Live” attracts the listener. Seductive bass and piano bounce as cheerful harmonies sing “la la la la la la” before a catchy verse begins, featuring the lead vocalist Andrew Colin Beck ruminating on getting lost in the sweep of glory. “What a Time to be Alive” is a refreshing taste of what the Mellons call “a new adventure in baroque pop” while scraping the nostalgia of ’60s pop. The song’s best quality is the chemistry clear vocals between the members and the various instruments used, including violin, guitar, euphonium, trumpet and even a typewriter. The saying “What a time to live” could signal excitement for life or a sardonic statement about how terrible things are in the world right now – or, more likely, both. The song acts as a reminder to embrace the duality of life being both painful and joyful in the same breath.
Andre Christiansen


OBAŸASHI
“Gibberish”

SPACE YACHT
Street: 03.17
OBAŸASHI = Kevin Knapp + Noizu

OBAŸASHI’s “gibberish” incites at the physical level, where coherent linguistic thought disappears in broken-circuit surges and ravers begin speaking in tongues. Voices echo throughout the track, intoning nonsensical syllables that the producer cuts and assembles into fragments of alien speech – we miss the language, carried away by the rush of rhythm and the elastic synthesizers of OBAŸASHI. The best physical descriptors of OBAŸASHI’s sound palette on “Gibberish” relate to the toys’ responsive tactility – basslines that bounce like slinkys, synths that ricochet like yo-yos, top-down structure like the producer plays cat and mouse with tension and Liberation. In a final nod, the last 45 seconds of the track prominently feature a mosquito-like synthesizer that buzzes and soars like it’s trapped in a centrifuge. “Gibberish” is all stutter and synthesis, your senses sublimated in the service of pure exaltation. –Audrey Lockie


Someone/Anyone
“Buzzer”

Self-released
Street: 03.20
Anybody/Anyone = Goo Goo Dolls + The Muffs

Somebody/Anybody’s “Buzzer” is a sleepy anthem. The buzzer goes off and it’s the same shit, different day. Kendra scratches a walking bass line, playing on the fading alarm clock. KatThe drums crash and the band comes together like a wave. Singer M sings a misty harmony, painting a picture of heavy eyelids struggling to get out of bed. “Sleep is my only peaceful state / That’s what a dreamer would say.” Isn’t that the truth. It’s hard not to rock to this song and wish you could go back to bed. Splashes of raspy guitar riffs represent that hint of frustration when it comes to battling sleep. This “wizard band” (direct description from the website’s profile) is easy-listening garage punk — something to add to this Monday’s Blues playlist. –Teddy Ray


Sleeper
“In the clouds”

Rude Discs
Street: 3.16
Sunsleeper = Yellowcard + Vanosdale

On first listen, it’s crazy to think that “In the Clouds” isn’t some hidden pop-punk gem from 2003. On the moody, high-energy sound that Sunsleeper is known for, “In the Clouds” brings some clever lyrics and poignant illustrating the aftermath of a breakup and the emotional scars it can leave: “You’re stuck in your old ways / Why don’t you laugh like the good old days / Hoping that the times can still change” . The combination of mellow melodies, narrative lyrics, rowdy riffs and exuberant drumming gives Sunsleeper that rock sound reminiscent of the 2000s. Pair that with the lead vocalist Jeffery Mudgettand you’ve got an emotionally rich, endlessly playable banger of a song guaranteed to capture the hearts and ears of fans. If you haven’t heard this shoegaze-y band yet, then you’re missing some extremely satisfying SLC sounds. –Wise Holt


Zaza
“Butterfly”

Self-released
Street: 04.15
Zaza = Karen Dalton + The Avett Brothers

Mixing an ensemble of cello, banjo, string bass and acoustic guitar, Zaza’s “Butterfly” swims through a woodsy, tumbling sound. Each low thump echoes in quivering waves, the banjo’s staccato plunk stutters like pebbles falling to the ground, and the background vocals of the choir swell as if floating on the backs of long gusts of wind. Nothing about “Butterfly” feels rigid or incisive; the track moves with a watery motion as its energy swings back and forth between soft peaks. Zaza’s new-age naturalism also floods her vocals, the melodic lines spinning like cyclical ruminations and retaining the lilting, phrasing writing of authorless folk music. Of course, the video footage of the track in the studio on Zaza’s Instagram (@_zaza_vandyke) provides clear cues from the track’s creators, but “Butterfly” also feels distinctly familiar and elemental. To quote Joanna Newsom: “This is an old song / It’s old blues / And it’s not my track / But it’s up to me to use it.”
Audrey Lockie


Learn more about some of these artists:
Local review: Triiiibe Ooak – 1st episode (Revolution)
Localized: Sun Sleeper

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