Alt 98.7FM's Close to Home presents...
Lovelife, Wunder Wunder
Phil Beaudreau with Dawaun Parker, Smoke Season
2220 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90057
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 8:30 PM
This event is 21 and over
Los Angeles via London synth-pop group Lovelife announce their third EP 'Stateless', following on from successful releases with National Anthem (The Fourth Floor EP), Neon Gold Records (Your New Beloved 7" single) and a split 7" with LA band The Neighbourhood. The EP, which features lead single 'Dying To Start Again' was written, recorded and produced by the band in various locations across the USA and UK in the summer of 2013.
Coming off a successful coast-to-coast USA tour in late spring with Capital Cities, Gold Fields, and The Neighbourhood, the band have continued their busy touring schedule, which included a sold out show at Hoxton Bar and Kitchen in London, whilst finding time to write and record their latest release. The band, who's sound utilises swirling synth pads, impassioned vocals and robust, precise beats to create a blend of smooth, brooding R&B has lead them to land three Top 5 hits on the Hype Machine popular chart, including a #1.
Lovelife, aka Lee Newell (vocals), Ally Young (keyboards), Frank Colucci (drums) and Sam Jackson (guitar) spent half of 2012 in New York City, where they played a string of dates in and around the city capped by a set of breakout performances at CMJ Music Marathon, earning praise from MTV Hive, Yours Tru.ly, Noisey, Under the Radar, Entertainment Weekly, and more. The band released two self-produced EPs in 2012 (El Regreso and The Fourth Floor), the latter on UK label National Anthem (HAIM, Chvrches), receiving over 650,000 plays on SoundCloud and 40,000 downloads, and have performed with AlunaGeorge, St. Lucia, Flume and more.
'Stateless' is the natural progression for the band who's infectious hooks and slick production have drawn a legion of fans in their short existence, which is poised to grow even further after their return to the US. The band, gaining a reputation for their mellow remixes and reworks and have been commissioned by such names as Ellie Goulding, Natalia Kills, MS MR, AlunaGeorge, Imagine Dragons and The Killers.
"Lovelife are back and better than ever...a perfect blend of electro and R'n'B pop that's oh so good... you should listen right now." NYLON
"A brazen pop thumper that aches for the sunshine." NOISEY
"A slick marvel of blue-eyed nü-R&B, Lovelife has more in common with The Weekend and 80's electro-funk than anything back home across the pond."
"Glossy production into modern R&B...like a goth D'Angelo or the Neighbourhood's long lost brothers from across the Atlantic." NEON GOLD
Wunder Wunder is the creative conception of Australian music producers, Aaron Shanahan and Benjamin Plant. After many years producing and writing electronic music, the duo have given birth to a new project that adventures into their love of colourful psychedelic ‘60s and ‘70s pop.
Having spent the last two years relocated in Los Angeles, an overflow of inspiration left them with a combination of everything from soft, blissed-out dreamscapes to the hot Californian sun burn’s that will be felt with their first single ‘Coastline’.
With an amalgamation of lo-fi squelch, dreamy guitars and warping synths, Wunder Wunder is a true aural trip into the west coast sun. Through a kaleidoscope of melodies, they provide the sonic colour and boldness that most music seems to forget.
Their first single Coastline will be released in November through New York based label, Dovecote.
Phil Beaudreau with Dawaun Parker
A New England native, Phil Beaudreau grew up playing violin, eventually switching over to trumpet by the time he attended the prestigious Berklee College of Music. It was there Beaudreau discovered his passion for composition, triggering his metamorphosis into a singer-songwriter. It was also at Berklee where Beaudreau would meet the multi-platinum selling super-producer, Dawaun Parker. Collaborating on songs like “Until It’s Done,” which features Phil’s vocals and arrangements, Beaudreau eventually signed with Parker’s High Renaissance imprint in 2012.
A true multi-instrumentalist, Beaudreau also produces and records with Parker under the moniker, AoE [All or Everything/Ambassadors of Earth] and self-penned and arranged his up-coming EP, Ether, in it’s entirety; playing piano, guitar, bass and even live horn and string arrangements.
Influenced by classic legends including The Beatles and Stevie Wonder, while drawing inspiration from current greats, Thom Yorke and Kanye West, Beaudreau crafts a stunning soundscape that feels both unique and familiar. Phil credits Bill Withers for inspiring the stomping rhythm in the track, “Buried Alive.” In his retro-soul styled tune “Spark,” Beaudreau chronicles the struggles of a woman at her lowest point, while in “Take It High,” the first single from Ether, Beaudreau urges the listener to elevate themselves, whether metaphorically or literally.
“The first time I heard Phil sing over one of my beats,” says Dawaun, “I knew I wanted to collaborate again. By the time we finished song #2, I knew I had to sign him. It’s not often you meet someone so talented, who can do so much… His potential is limitless,” exclaims the 3-time Grammy winner, who executive produced Ether.
Musically rich and intoxicatingly catchy, Ether documents the process of an artist discovering his creative potential. One listen, and it’s evident that Beaudreau’s future home is the stratosphere.
Smoke Season (n.) - A period of time defined by that which is evanescent, obscure and without result. "Until I heard the music, my heart was stuck inside a smoke season."
BuzzBands.LA - "New York City-born, UCLA-educated singer Gabrielle Wortman launched her career as rock frontwoman before segueing to the electronic project TEMP3ST. However, upon meeting fellow New Yorker Jason Rosen — the ex-keyboardist and guitarist for the pop-rockers Honor Society — things took a turn. And from the sound of their new side project Smoke Season, it probably involved some long drives in the desert. Neither the sexed-up music of Wortman’s past nor the Jonas Brothers-approved pop of Rosen’s, Smoke Season takes a cinematic approach to Americana on its debut EP “Signals” — woozy, dreamy and, yes, smoky. Don’t forget to inhale."
Revolution360 - "When Smoke Season's Jason Rosen and Gabrielle Wortman came together, they wanted to create a sound that captured their youthful encounters in the great state of California. With their first release, Signals EP, not only does the group achieve this, but they render a listening experience unique enough to standalone in sound. Smoke Season blends psychedelic folk rock reminiscent of Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes, with searing electronic undertones in the vein of The XX. The result is beautiful story-telling that is musically saturated with the Old West, tumbleweeds, and a pioneering youthful spirit. Smoke Season captures the ears, minds, and hearts of listeners of all ages."
Record Speak - "The magical pairing of Jason Rosen and Gabrielle Wortman. Their voices perfectly compliment one another and their songwriting chemistry is clear right off the bat."