EARPHONES - MUSIC
A recurring column, part of the Californist foundation, is our affection for music. Over the last 5 years, one genre emerged that gave a lot of life to the California way of hard chilling. Chillwave, a disputed and disparaged genre header, deserves some recognition in the artsy-fartsy popular and fickle music domain. Hell, without it, we wouldn't have Odesza, the spatial and glimmering color-fuelled heavyweight from Seattle, WA. We also wouldn't have Toro Y Moi, but enough has been written about those well known monoliths that we need to dig deeper. Always deeper.
Here are some lesser known acts and finds worthy of your time and some tunes for the lovers of the electronic genre with a heartbeat at ease in the beach sand. It may be cold outside, but that's more reason to warm you up next to the colorful snapping embers of this lovely coastal music. California music at it's finest.
Jamie XX - "Gosh" This is off Jamie's 2015 formidable In Colour release. You may recognize him has the other half of great electronic XX. An easy find considering the following Jamie has, also considering the impressionability of his terrific sophomore release. You may recall that Jamie released a stalwart of a record with poet and activist Gil Scott Heron, We're Here Now. Give it a moment. This song is on my running/workout soundtrack and should be on yours as well.
College is found on the era bending Drive soundtrack. A topic for a later recurring column will be the subject of California films. College is French musician David Grellier, an active electronic artist who has releases under the moniker Mitch Silver and Sexy Sushi. This is a tune of his we're especially partial to.
This final release incidentally became part of the soundtrack to composing my Master's thesis. Those dimly lit nights with an achy lower back as I struggled to build my data model. Good times. Glad those days are in the past. The nearly unknown act Sunvisor only has a Bandcamp page indicating the group hails from Williston Park, NY. With only two tracks listed on the page, both tracks off a colorful bouquet with strong melodic waves and palatial sepia-toned electronic textures. A strong contender for the most overlooked chillwave from the era's heyday. I routinely check out their bandcamp in the hopes something, anything, will pop up. Everything changes, what can you do.
I have a playlist filled with California inspired releases on the youtube page, at the bottom. Occasionally, I'll cull the music world for new and worthy additions that speak to the Californist frame of mind. I also encourage readers to let us know when they find music that fits the California glow.