holychild (record release)

holychild (record release)

If there is a middle ground between Katy Perry and Bjork (or pop and experimental) in contemporary popular music, holychild is it. Based out of Los Angeles, CA, holychild’s latest music video, “Best Friends," was exclusively premiered by MTV Buzzworthy who called it the song of the summer. Their debut EP, Mind Speak, will be out in October 2013.

Rare Times

Rare Times's Don't Stray is one of those songs that you hear at the start of the year and know you will still be playing at the end. It is a near-classic of smooth soulfulness with a despondent late-night ambience, and a hint of the drama that results from the threat of an affair. It was created in Alameda Towers, a warehouse filled with porn studios and sweatshops in Los Angeles, and some of that sepia sleaziness creeps into the song's atmosphere. It was made by a jazz pianist, an electronic producer, a percussionist and a guitarist, and all of those elements are evident on the track, even if its surfaces are so polished it is sometimes hard to tell.

It is probably easier to tell that it is the work of a band influenced equally by kind-of-blue jazz (Chet Baker, say), 1980s/1990s R&B (Keith Sweat is their favourite) and digital disco (Metro Area's self-titled 2002 album is sublimely relevant to the music under scrutiny). Don't Stray – about a man trying to control his impulse to cheat on his girlfriend – also makes us think of the late-night soul-pop of Sade. It has a similar air of languid melancholy. Weirdly, Rare Times don't look like smooth operators or refugees from the suaver parts of London's club culture, they look like an indie band, all vests and shades, GG$ sweatshirts and Levis, straggly hair and scruffy beards. And yet they sound as though they'd resemble Robert Palmer's slightly more debonair older brothers, sipping dry martinis after another night of empty seduction in the penthouses of downtown LA.

No One's Looking Out, the first track on their debut Missionary EP – the first of three to come this year – finds the missing link between mellifluous jazz-pop and chillwave, like Michael Bublé in a bubble-bath with Washed Out. "You know that I'm gonna come back around," promises singer (crooner) Anthony Calonico, adding: "No pressure, don't worry," before ever so slightly losing his cool: "You know that I don't want to fuck around." The urge to share his affections with the female population of Little Tokyo increases on Don't Stray, a deeper foray into downtempo electronic balladry and, at seven minutes and 45 seconds, an epic of etiolated rhythm and sorrow. Immaculately produced, spaciously arranged, it's like the designer apartment of a mid-1980s lothario in here. Slow jam of the year. Nice one, Rare Times. Maybe they can buy some new clothes to celebrate.

Finish Ticket is an alternative/indie pop band from the Bay Area. "They released their debut EP, Life Underwater, in September of 2009. The band has been receiving radio play since December and was recently named one of the top 10 local bands to watch out for in 2010 by Aaron Axelson who hosts Live 105's Radio Soundcheck. Finish Ticket was also showcased in late 2009 as one of the top five bands of the present San Francisco music scene." --East Bay Express

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holychild (record release) with Rare Times, Finish Ticket

Thursday, September 26 · Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM at Bootleg Bar

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