Armed with a penchant for witty lyrics, a knack for blending acoustic and electric sounds, and an intimate understanding of his Strymon Flint, Phum Viphurit is a prodiguous creator of dreamscapes. The Thai’s first indie pop-star has found viral fame at home by channeling the breezy sounds of artists like Mac DeMarco. 23-year-old first burst on the scene in 2018 with his summery single Lover Boy, the music video for which has since garnered a jaw-dropping 40 million views on YouTube.
Larger than just an internet star now, the Thai singer-songwriter has been keeping busy touring the globe, spreading his brand of neo-soul cheer from Singapore to the United States. Taking some time out of his packed schedule, Phum will play tonight at La2 Apolo.
Admirers of Mac DeMarco’s rowdy pop, followers of Ariel Pink’s heterodoxy, fan clubs of Ezra Furham’s smile, all those who miss the word “nerd” (and maybe even still use it), please go to the new meeting point: Hawthorne, south of Los Angeles. Because this Californian enclave is now not only the town of the Beach Boys, but also the place in the world where Cuco’s little heart beats. Thanks to one self-released EP per year since 2016, Omar Banos has, from his bedroom, connected with the wakefulness of post-millennials worldwide. And although he applies the lo-fi mise en place to whatever genre he is cooking up (sunny-side-up, hip-hop, psychedelic soup, a mariachi picadillo in honour of his Mexican roots…), when going live, he brings out the Sunday crockery: up to nine indie big band musicians amplify the great Cuco’s small songbook.
Welsh band Boy Azooga released 1, 2, Kung Fu!, their debut album, earlier this year via Heavenly. Led by Cardiff’s Davey Newington, the band incorporate a variety of influences into their idiosyncratic style, including ’90s alt riff rock, Mac DeMarco-type underwater romanticism and that indescribable Welsh magic (see Super Furry Animals and Cate Le Bon).
Meanwhile, they’re releasing a cover of “Do the Standing Still” which was a single byshort-lived Welsh punk band The Table.
Indie rock hero Mac DeMarco has shared a cover from the catalog of legendary Japanese musician Haruomi Hosono, who founded popular Japanese rock band Happy End as well as the electronic trio Yellow Magic Orchestra. Mac offers up his take on Hosono’s “Honey Moon,” which originally appeared on Hosono’s 1975 album Tropical Dandy. Bonus, you get to hear Mac sing in Japanese. You can listen to Mac DeMarco’s cover of Haruomi Hosono’s “Honey Moon” in the video above.
Ian Ruhala, better known as HALA, has been writing and recording music for several years now and at the young age of 18, he is already a singer/songwriter veteran. With several releases already under his belt, even before graduating high school, Ruhala has created some buzz with his solo, at-home/DIY recording style that relates well with music from artists like M. Ward, Mac DeMarco and Travis Bretzer.
Molly Burch semblava predestinada a fer cançons. Quan era petita, mentre la majoria de nens i nenes de la seva edat jugaven amb playmobils o videojocs, veia desfilar artistes per casa amb tota naturalitat: el seu pare era productor musical i la seva mare directora de càsting. D’aquesta conjunció només en podia sortir brillantor i talent, com va ser. A més, Burch, que viu a Austin però va néixer a Los Angeles, va decidir estudiar música de ben jove, poc després arribarien les primeres cançons, influenciades pels discos que sentien a casa: des dels Everly Brothers fins a Sam Cooke.
Amb aquest panorama, era qüestió de temps que aparegués el primer disc d’estudi d’aquesta californiana, ‘Please be mine’, publicat per la prestigiosa discogràfica novaiorquesa Captured Tracks, casa de bandes tan influents com Mac Demarco, Chris Cohen i The Soft Moon.
L’elapé de debut de Burch, que pot recordar des de les veus de les Shirelles fins al caràcter mutant d’Angel Olsen, s’inspira en les melodies dels 60 i la cançó d’autor nord-americana, tot passat pel filtre de la nova onada indie-folk dels Estats Units. Temes melancòlics, d’amors que marxen, soledat i certa penombra. I pinzellades de llum, esclar.