Tashaki Miyaki are explorers of dreamy, hazy, Melodic Guitar Pop. Though its three members are self-described “California kids,” their sound is influenced by much more than a west coast attitude. They all have broad musical tastes spanning across the American Songbook, Sun Records, Doo-Whoop and vocal groups from the 40s-50s, “the 60’s & 70’s things everyone loves”, their hero “Uncle Neil”, Punk, “Everything in the 90’s” and past and current Hip-Hop.
Los Angeles’ trio Tashaki Miyaki have just released their second song & video for their title track, "Castaway" ahead of their Sophmore album release coming to you on April 23rd. The release intends to expand their musical palette and broadening the emotional territory with songs circling themes of love, memory and time which are haunting, catchy, soothing and arresting all at once.
The video is reminiscent of dreamy Sophia Coppola films. Singer, Drummer and Producer of the song, Paige Stark explains, "For the video I wanted to tap into all the feelings that can come up in love relationships: anger, sadness, loneliness, vulnerability, stillness, joy, romance, longing. Cami, my actress, has a beautifully expressive face and I've known her for a long time. I knew we would be able to create those moments together. I wanted it to feel like the camera was her lover, capturing her in various private moments, moods and feelings. 'Castaway' is about the challenges of romantic love and how we are all bad at it in one way or another. The idea of a castaway in all this is that no one understands the relationship except the people in it, so you really are stuck on an island alone together there, and maybe you make it back to the mainland, and maybe you stay on the island.”
Manta is a DIY artist, who creates all of his experimental production, astute writing and stylistic visuals himself from his Manchester bedroom. Fusing genres such as Hip-Hop and Pop and with influences ranging from Kenny Beats, Dominic Fike and Easy Life, Manta’s lyrics address relatable modern day issues,
drawing you into the world he has created within his sound. With neon hair, a sharp style and a charismatic personality, Manta is as distinctive as his musical flair.
IG & Twitter: @whoismanta
"It’s about the university experience in the United Kingdom right now. The feeling of longing for the nostalgia, when you dreamed about moving out compared to the realities of it. The photos were taken by my amazing and talented friend Tash, together we based the photoshoot around time and how everything feels so disorienting during lockdown."
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Plaisir consists of Camille Haimet (FR/USA), Carla Cixi (IT) and KC Dahlehan (SE). The three members met in the crowd of a sweaty concert in 2019 and after realizing they shared the same influences (MBV, The Cure, Deux) and general passion for making music, they felt they had no choice than to begin writing songs together.
Their ”cold-gaze” sound could be described as a blend of the dreamy fuzz of Shoegaze and the stripped down, Lo-fi aesthetic of Coldwave. The band seeks to create darkly seductive soundscapes infused with gentle spoken word and surrealistic melodies in English and French.
Following the release of their debut EP ”Sap” late last year, the Berlin-based post punk trio Plaisir is ready to present the first single from their upcoming album. ”Maslo z Sola” can be described as a seductive repetitive buildup to a smooth climax, made with fuzzy guitars, steady bass and dreamy vocals. A hopeful song about agony. A soundtrack to your own movie. Released February 26th, 2021.
The upcoming LP will be a genre-rich, experimental and playful concept album, aimed to be released in the fall of 2021. All material is written and recorded by the members together in their Berlin studio, produced and mixed by KC Dahlehan.
"I'm 29 years old and from Los Angeles, CA. I've been writing poems since the third grade and for me, poetry has always been my way of connecting with both myself and with the world. As a Black woman and creative, I have often felt excluded and misunderstood, but writing and sharing my work has helped me cope and form bonds I will forever be grateful for."
Francesca Hummler is a photographer based in San Diego, California. She received her B.A. in Media Arts from the University of California at San Diego in 2019 and is currently a Photography Masters candidate at The Royal College of Art in London, England. Interested in issues regarding identity she draws from her experience as a second generation American. Francesca also often utilizes self portraiture to explore gendered themes. Her work has been exhibited in Adam D. Kamil Gallery, La Bodega Gallery, and in the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. She has completed freelance work for clients including The Sundance Institute, Nunar Magazine, and San Elijo dance academy.
Chloé is a French artist from Metz. Fascinated by the aesthetic clues of what socialized us as female and iconized our identity. Chloe always tries to look directly to the monster, organic freaks and every anxiety we could face toward our body.
boys cruise is a boy band based out of Burlington, Vermont. Self-described as “Snow Ppop,” boys cruise’s sound is a melting pot of bouncy Jangle Pop, overblown Garage Rock, Doo-wop harmonies, and fast, Melodic Punk. Since the group’s inception in the fall of 2018, boys cruise has gone through multiple lineup changes while cutting their teeth in the northeast DIY circuit. With the help of their playful, lo-fi EP, GIRLS CRUISE in 2018, boys cruise quickly became notorious in the northeast underground scene for reckless and wild stage antics that ranged anywhere from cutting off the lead singer’s hair mid-set to full-on boxing matches between members and theatrical enactments of ritual possessions; the culmination of craziness being nearly selling-out Vermont’s largest venue, Higher Ground, with a circus-themed performance art show called BIG TOP. The sophomore boys cruise album boys cruise sees the band going in a much more noisy and artful direction compared to the pop punk and indie showcased on their debut 2019 LP, Jerry. Recorded over a grueling week with Zach Bloomstein in Rockland, Massachusetts this album pushed both boys cruise and their producer to the brink of insanity. boys cruise is Johnny Clarke (lead vocals/guitar), Jack Parker (vocals/bass/drums), and Sammy Josh (vocals/guitar).
Abril Urrutia is a 22 year old visual artist and photographer born in Lima, Peru. She enjoys to capture everything that surrounds her either in video or photo. Keeping an archive of her everyday life is something she loves to do passionately. In her mind the pictures she takes could be stills from a movie never made, or a future video project. Her work can get to be chaotic but also dreamlike, this abstraction helps her explore the environment she lives in and also unravel who she is. Abril is also the director of the project Avecesgaleria, a platform that shares photographs of different art expositions that take place in Lima. She is currently studying Visual Arts at the Contemporary Art School Corriente Alterna in Peru.
IG: @abrilnomayo & @avecesgaleria