By Cameron Deuel
Bandcamp is the single greatest music discovery platform in existence because it grants you instant access to an ecosystem of music in virtually every genre from artists around the world. You could accidentally click on an album under the Recently Sold section and discover your new favorite band. You might also quickly recognize that lo-fi didgeridoo two-step isn’t your jam. (Or maybe it is, and you find acceptance among the didgeridudes and didgeridudettes!) The goal of this column is to point you in the direction of great releases from the last month that flew under the radar. Here are a few from February that are very accessible and good.
Devilish Dear (pictured above) are a trio of Brazilian shoegazers who incorporate traditional instruments into their immense walls of sound. These Sunny Days was originally released in 2015 but, thanks to the timelessness of emotive droning, it sounds timeless.
RIYL: Deep diving, time travel, shadows, being bummed
Ghost Thoughts is the brainchild of The AHs’ Davina Shell who specializes in quaint indie pop. Purple Period is a testament to Shell’s songwriting abilities as a different vocalist appears on each track, though the project maintains a surprisingly level of consistency.
RIYL: Lazy rivers, reminiscing, multiplayer, friendship bracelets
While reviews of this release will likely stress the importance of their partnership tracing back to Danny Brown’s landmark debut album or Paul White’s powerful psych rock, all you really need to know is that this project sounds like if you crammed a U-Haul full of instruments and Danny Brown, shoved it off the side of a cliff, and recorded the results. In short, weird and poetic calamity.
RIYL: Meatwad, hullabaloo, instrumentals, finding a cool way to spend ~11 minutes
FYI – of the five members in Room Thirteen, one is purely responsible for bongos and congas. On Roccopulco, the experimental band from New Orleans calls upon the same ilk of lackadaisical weirdo instrumentation and production as early Beck deep cuts. Make sure to have this ready for lazy summer afternoons, sipping beer with limes and with good company.
RIYL: Clutter, chilling out, Capri Suns, not wearing shoes
Los Angeles-based disco transmogrifier, Yung Bae, has been steadily releasing projects since 2014 and, impossibly, every time he releases new material you want to shake your butt faster. On B4E, the fourth in his self-titled BAE series, he leads a conga line through a vortex of shiny, bright dance genres that completely erases any skepticism you might have about listening to an artist called Yung Bae.
RIYL: The thought of if disco had a shorter attention span, seamlessness, primary colors