No one knows summer like Santa Monica’s Zach Yudin, a man of leisure who recognizes “the epic” in something as simple as a twilight bicycle ride or a short drive up the coast. As Cayucas, Yudin has set about creating an impressionistic portrait of summer’s long, bittersweet dazzle.

An avid bird-watcher, Yudin majored in both Music Theory/Production and Japanese. He spent a post-grad year living and teaching in Tokyo, then taking the past couple of years to hone the sound of Cayucas. He posted a couple of songs online, picking up a lot of love and attention, but it was only when he entered the studio with producer/multi-instrumentalist Richard Swift last year that Cayucas was truly defined — sun-inspired jams that touch upon The Animals, Harry Belafonte and the surfer-folk mysticism of the Northwest.

Brazos is the recording project of Martin Crane and company. After self-releasing "Phosphorescent Blues" in Austin TX, Martin moved to NY. It's American music based on an acoustic guitar and Martin's free floating vocal delivery. The lyrics are pastoral and influenced by written poetry (Martin set an Adrienne Rich poem to music on the first record). They are the kind of songs that can be played with no accompaniment. Brazos' live show is an intimate but intense power-trio-w-acoustic-guitar. Brazos will release a second album in May on Dead Oceans.

Jess Williamson

from Austin TX


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