While the crowds were away at Pickathon, half decade old favorites; Ah God, Candace and Orquestra Pacifico Tropical played Doug Fir Friday Aug 4. Ah God always gives a great show with focused deliberate sets full of just the perfect amount of lo-fi, pop, and psych.
This photo sums up their sound. Weird and retro up front with poppy guitars fading into the background.
Catch them again on Tuesday Aug 15th at Mississippi Studios with the Ghost Ease and Jo Passed.
Candace sounds like a sinuous floral Mucha painting.
Check out Candace live with The Wild Body, Monster Treasure, and Squishies on Friday Aug 25th at the Know. It’s going to be great.
Orquestra Pacifico Tropical shows are a journey through space and style. They are miracle workers, making psych music temptingly danceable. They’re playing again Sunday Sept 3 with Edna Vasquez at Mississippi Studios. Don’t miss it.
Major thanks to Chris Bigalke for organizing the lineup AND for supplying a long steady flow of superfresh show posters to cover the walls and streets.
Close Encounter is a new band from Seattle. They just released a 7-track EP called First Light. The EP is so groovy and catchy, I can’t stop listening to it. Driving beats, dizzying synths, and well-written guitar parts all make up the excellent song writing that Close Encounter has. I really like how the sound is on the darker side of shoegaze, but still has that super groovy bass line and guitar riffs. You get a feel of the album as soon as the opening notes of “Lumina” hit your ears. Overall, First Light by Close Encounter is a fantastic album with plenty of indie-soul, dream-pop, and shoegaze. Tell your friends!
New music from one of our favorite artists of all time, Delicate Steve. The new album is appropriately called This Is Steve. What a way to start off the weekend with this bright joy-filled album! Steve Marion makes music that is absolutely righteous. And ever since his first album Wondervisions came out nearly six years ago, I have been jamming Delicate Steve on 11 every summer. This Is Steve starts off a bit grittier than his previous works, but has that signature lead guitar that instantly makes you smile. Things get calmer starting at “Nightlife” which has a slight Calypso feel to it. The album as a whole is very classic Steve, the thing that stands out to me on this particular album is the drumming has changed a bit from those driving tracks to a more jazzy and rock style which is nice to listen to. Definitely a must own album for the new year. It’s hard to nail down my favorite track, but “Together” and “Driving” are up there.
Music from Halifax, Nova Scotia. The band is called Walrus and their latest release is Goodbye Something. Walrus has a groovy psyche-pop noise to them. Catchy guitar riffs, along with some flying vocals and excellent drumming, Goodbye Something is a well put together EP. I really like the surf vibe to Walrus as well. They go on tour in February in Ontario for a couple weeks, and will be Treefort Music Fest in March. Check them out.