Kali_SheitansTrap4 cover artwork

KALI aka Maral Salmassi

interview by Julia Dalia Amenyogbo, photographed by Saskia Uppenkamp

The name Maral Salmassi aka KALI resonates an impressive echo within the music world.

Most of her fans are particularly thrilled by her musical output as a first-class provider of electronic sounds. The work of the multi-talented Iranian-born artist entails the creation of the three labels Konsequent, Art Of Perception and Television Rocks which are home to long-established techno artists like Cari Lekebush, The Advent, Electro-Jazzer Jimmy Tenor and The Sexinvaders.

KALI is the new Pseudonym, “Pussy Drop” her event, and Bolly-Tech her new sound which promises “a combination of Trap, Hip-Hop, Baile Funk, and Ghetto-Tech influenced by traditional Bollywood and Maghrebian music”. The outcome is a fusion slightly ahead of the times, and made us so curious that we had to chat with the woman behind the KALI project.

What I found was a woman with a reflected perception of herself and others who supports women in the struggle for their rights and an integration of ethical values in Islamic countries. Tune into her latest Trap podcast that she publishes in collaboration with WITNESS THIS, and read the interview below that touches on her new EP, music, life, love, god, modern feminism, and other aspects of existence.


See bottom for tracklist.

WT: KALI, can you tell us about your roots and your current home?

MS: Originally I’m from Iran and left the country in 1986 during the Iran-Iraq war. Currently I live in Berlin.

WT: What is your first memory of music?

MS: My first memory is the record collection of my parents. Their record collection is huge containing a wide range of music reaching from Middle Eastern and Classical over Pink Floyd, The Doors, Beatles, Ray Charles, Joan Baez, Johnny Cash to Kraftwerk.

WT: Which decade is musically the one you are most inspired by and why?

MS: I’m not really tied to a particular decade, but a lot of Bollywood music from the 60s to 80s has been a big inspiration. The crossover of this period is incredible. A huge part of the music from this period mixes latin, western or African elements with Indian music with amazing results and genius arrangements.

WT: Your new EP “Sahara” has dropped last Friday. You are very popular in the Electronica scene and most of your fans don’t know you as Trap DJ yet but your musical output is now shifting to Trap Music. How did you get the idea to do this and what made you do it?

MS: I simply got bored doing the same thing over and over. I can’t see any noteworthy development in todays house and electro music and just felt like if I had continued producing house and electro I would have been participating in mediocrity. A lot of artists even go as far as to say it’s dead. I wouldn’t necessarily say that. It’s not dead, it just smells funny.

WT: You are raising your voice against violation of human rights, especially misogyny, homophobia and racism in Islamic countries like Iran. Do you believe that in Iran there is an understanding of the meaning of the human rights?

MS: Well, it depends of who in Iran you mean. If we are talking about the Iranian people there is a clear understanding, yes, mainly by way of what they don’t have. The government on the other hand probably understands as well, but as a Western principle that they mock and refuse to give to the Iranian people. This regime, who during the Green Movement protests shot and raped their way to near-absolute power in Iran, is certainly one of the most aggressive dictatorships ruling a country on this planet.

WT: What does today’s women’s rights movement in Iran look like?

MS: Over the last years members of the women’s rights movement or any other human rights activists have been forced to end their activism in order to protect themselves and their families from being prosecuted, arrested, raped, tortured and even killed. Many have fled the country.

WT: Why do you think people should take the risk and fight for their human rights in Islamic countries?

MS: The situation in these countries is best described as Orwellian: Government intrusion of privacy, curtailment of freedom through systematic terror, oppression, and human rights violations. The individual has no rights under a regime that demands absolute devotion and obedience to a totalitarian terror system based on pure superstition. In order to make change, we have to put pressure on oppressive regimes and continue to educate people. The old patterns must be replaced and human rights have to be culturally internalized in order to move forward.

WT: What would you say to someone who doesn’t have support of his/her surrounding environment, family or friends when chasing their dream?



MS: Not to care too much about what people think or whether or not they would support you. It’s ok if other people don’t understand our behavior and needs, but if they demand that we have to be rational to them or believe in their dogmas, they’re basically rejecting our freedom and the courage it takes to be ourselves. If they aren’t pleased with who we are, so be it. Just do your thing and don’t care!




KALI_SUP1406

“I have always been fascinated by the mystery surrounding darkness. It can be breathtakingly beautiful, just as the light can be horribly grotesque.”

WT: Do you believe in God or in a superior power?



MS: No, I don’t and I don’t understand why people claim that he has always been around, while they refuse to consider the same for the universe. God is man-made. Hitchens said it well: “The gods that we’ve made are exactly the gods you’d expect to be made by a species that’s about half a chromosome away from being chimpanzee”.

WT: That sounds as if you were an atheist. Where do you believe our souls go after we die? What’s your concept of afterlife, existence and creation?

MS: I’m definitely an Atheist! Choosing dogma and faith over living in the here and now is not an option for me. The universe is bigger than our imagination and frankly I think that it’s quite arrogant to believe that it was designed as part of a divine plan constructed just for us. If there is something like an afterlife, fair enough. I like to be surprised.

WT: Your clothing style can be very extroverted and out of the ordinary. When it comes to your style who, what or where gives you the inspiration?



MS: I get a lot of inspiration of traditional tribal clothing from all over the world. The fabrics, jewelry,…etc, I love to mix them.

WT: The cover artwork of your trap mixes shows heroic women with demonic figures. Can you tell us a little about the dark side of KALI?

MS: I have always been fascinated by the mystery surrounding darkness. It can be breathtakingly beautiful, just as light can be horribly grotesque. I think we can rise from the darkness we are in if we don’t shrink our experiences into fear. The strong, mysterious women displayed in my artwork may feel a little dark, but not necessarily evil. They are mysterious and wild beings that represent power and freedom.

WT: As a modern feminist, what’s your stance on sexuality and gender roles? In other words: what’s your definition of a modern feminist in the context of heterosexual relationships, and which place or role do men have in that ideal world?

MS: I think the gender identity as we know it is quite antique. The ideal would be if we could say that we don’t see gender differences anymore, or at least pay less attention to them. If we could treat each other as we do with our best same-sex friends, regardless if in the context of a relationship, family, job, etc. The message of a lot of female anti-feminists is that they don’t recognize gender stereotypes, but this doesn’t mean that society has reached that point. I’d say it means that many of them live in denial about what it means to understand oneself without identifying too strongly with the limitations of gender. In other words, a lot of women claim to have moved beyond gender roles, but in fact many of them operate in a typically masculine way. They’ve adopted the male role to assert power and control and gain the respect of men. This of course only entrenches the classical, outdated definitions of masculinity and works against a more unified future. We still have a long way ahead of us.

WT: If you could pick 3 artists to work with, which 3 would it be?

MS: There are so many amazing artists… It’s very difficult to say, but Indian producer Ilaiyaraaja, Aphex Twin or Missy Elliot would be on top of my list.

WT: Do you remember a most embarrassing moment on stage?

MS: In 2011 I was touring with “Die Boys” who were members of the German Hip-Hop combo Deichkind. It was a back to back DJ set with them… unfortunately they got super drunk and started a crazy fight with another guy on stage which ended in a brawl. It wasn’t really embarrassing for me, but kinda sucked.

WT: If you could interview one person from the past who would it be?

MS: That would be one of my heroine Rosa Luxemburg.

WT: Any future projects you’d like to talk about?

MS: There are a few collaborations among other with Australian producer Swick and Italian producer Anubi in the works right now, but for the most part musically I’m focusing on the next KALI releases and videos.

WT: Thanks KALI, and keep it up!

Follow KALI on Soundcloud | facebook | Twitter | Instagram or visit her website.

KALI_SUP1729

Tracklist SHEITAN’S TRAP 4:

1. Intro
2. Kali – Amazon (Mace Remix / Kali Vocal Edit)
3. Yellow Claw – Dancing Soldier (Ape Drums Remix)
4. Party Favor – Bap You
5. Pound Pound Pound & Footwork – Booty In the Pant
6. Tropkillaz & Meaux Green – Pump Up The Volume
7. Mykki Blanco – Wish You Would
8. Hands Solo – When The Last Time (Doobious & DJ Sweap Remix)
9. Partyzona – Badass In Dandy-Seth
10. Yellow Claw – Kaolo Pt. 2 (Angger Dimas Remix)
11. $yrup – Amazon
12. Sudden Beatz – Bring It Back Now (feat. DJ Craze)
13. Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg – The Next Episode (San Holo Remix)
14. Outcast – Ms. Jackson (San Holo Remix)
15. Labisch – Get Twerk
16. Lil Troy – Wanna Be A Baller (Bird Peterson Remix)
17. Redinho – Playing With Fire
18. Sophie – Hard
19. Machinedrum – Back Seat Ho (Rustie Remix)
20. DJ Rashad – Come On Girl (feat. DJ Spinn)
21. DJ Funk – Move That Butt (Ape Drums Doggy Style Re-Mix)
22. French Fries – What To Do
23. TDY – Chainzzz
24. Kali – Sahara (R-ASH Remix)

WITNESS OUR PREVIOUS GUEST MIXES HERE and HERE.

Mornings In Shoreditch – A WITNESS THIS Guestmix album cover

“This set was inspired by my time in England, and the afterhours we had there. That music bangin’ in your head for another two days… Places close down around 2 a.m. in England, and while putting together this set I was reminiscing of the feelings I had back in those nights. We were just walking around London, totally chilled out. It was a great time.

So MORNINGS IN SHOREDITCH is dedicated to all those peeps who are searching for more after a really good gig before the Monday comes. Enjoy.”

TRUANT for WITNESS THIS, November 2014


Cover artwork with friendly courtesy of Tilman Zitzmann.

Tracklist:
1) Dense & Pika | Wandering Hands (Original Mix) | Hotflush Recordings
2) Anton Pieete | I Hold From You (Original Mix) | Rejected
3) Aerea Negrot | All I Wanna Do (Efdemin Remix) | Bpitch Control
4) Makam | Family Reunion (Delano Smith Reconstructed Remix) | Sushitech (Purple)
5) Konstantin Sibold | Nils (Original Mix) | Snork Enterprises
6) Trus’me | I Want You (Alan Fitzpatrick Remix) | Prime Numbers
7) Agoria | Under The River (YokoO’s Above The Clouds Live Edit) | Web Release on WITNESS THIS

DJ Patryk Truant Szulc from Warsaw, Poland.

Connect with TRUANT through Facebook | Resident Advisor | Soundcloud | Mixcloud | Booking Agency.

And make sure to check out our previous Guest Mix with Stalvart John HERE.

YokoO_Interview01

YokoO_Interview05
Words by Alex KralikasPhotos by Saskia Uppenkamp


Do your dreams ever have a soundtrack? I know mine usually don’t. But what if they did? What kind of music would be playing? I guess it depends on the type of dream and of course your own personal music taste. But to me, it’s still easy to imagine deep or minimal house music playing, with its soft harmonies and elevating ease; it already conjures up different emotions while awake, including nostalgia and melancholy. Dancing to really good music can also give this feeling of dreaming. You can lose yourself during a great set at a club or a festival, and your mind gets transported to another place or time, or to nowhere at all except right where you are but still making you feel like you are dreaming and not even awake.

YokoO, real name Julien Beltzung, has been dedicating his career as a DJ/producer to creating and playing deep and melancholic sounds, and he’s been getting attention from the best labels within that field. After a handful of releases on world famous labels, including Moodmusic, Plastic City and Kollektiv Turmstrasse’s Musik Gewinnt Freunde, he’s about to release an EP on All Day I Dream, the label spearheaded by house pioneers Lee Burridge and Matthew Dekay.

YokoO is a cool cat – he’s happy and super easy going. When we met him for this shoot and interview the sun was shining on a brisk Berlin autumn’s day and he strolled up to meet us relaxed and smiling. His smile and laugh are contagious and he never stopped being laidback while we were in his presence. During the shoot we cracked a joke about using Photoshop to touch up the pics, should there be a blemish, but he simply responded saying, “I don’t need that, I am who I am.”

YokoO_Interview02

The native Frenchman, turned Aussie, turned Berliner agrees that great house music can have a connection with the feeling of dreaming. “Through its warmth and intricate melodies, house music stimulates the subconscious and eventually leads to deep introspective feelings and thinking” he says. “It’s quite a strange thing to say and may be difficult for some to visualize but if you could make the warm hazy feel of a dream a sound, this is pretty much what it would be like”.

It’s no wonder YokoO has been invited to release music on All Day I Dream, with their label described as “an exploration of beautiful, gorgeous, & melancholic shades of house and techno”. Both YokoO’s production style and his attitude make a seemingly perfect match for the label fronted by house visionary, and Burning Man regular, Lee Burridge. Just listen to YokoO’s releases or to one of his sets live or on his SoundCloud and you can hear the connection between the two.

In collaboration with WITNESS THIS YokoO is releasing an exclusive new track today – an edit of fellow Frenchman, and house legend, Agoria. Download the track for free and read more from our meeting with YokoO below.

ADID_670

YokoO_Interview06

“Our experience as human beings is far too short and wonderful to waste time surrendering to negative energies. I am learning how to embrace whatever happens and appreciate the good out of all situations. In the larger scheme of things, every experience is part of the journey and should be considered with objectivity.”

WT: What have you been up to lately?

Y: So much, yet so little! After traveling most of last year and relocating here to Berlin at the end of April, I have been focusing on getting my flow back in the studio, settling in, practising yoga, as well as playing a few gigs around the place. I’ve also been getting my bearings right and preparing for the year to come.

WT: How are you enjoying being now based in Berlin?

Y: As much as I miss Sydney – the Australian family I have built there over the past 9 years and the unbeatable lifestyle the East Coast offers, I am very grateful for living in such an inspiring, open minded and cheap cultural hub. Several of my friends from around the world have been relocating here, too, not that I spend much time being social these days, but that surely helps making me feel like home. I have no doubt I’ll be staying here for many years.

WT: Can you explain to us the meaning behind your name YokoO?

Y: YokoO (pronounced Yoko) has been my nickname since I was a teen. My friends named me after a cartoon character Yoplait had created to promote their brand. We looked alike, hence why the name stuck.

WT: I like your track ‘Spiritual’. Are you a spiritual person?

Y: I like to think so. I am not religious though. I do not believe in gods, rather in physics, the knowledge of nature that involves the study of matter and its motion through space and time, along with related concepts such as energy and force.

WT: What are your spiritual routines?

Y: Over the last year, I have been practicing meditation and yoga for a minimum of 1 to 2 hours almost every day, questioning everything, reaching towards a higher state of consciousness. It seems the more you learn, the more you realize the quest to knowledge has no end.
I am currently very interested in and dedicated to getting a better grasp of my brain capacities by being as healthy and gentle to myself as possible and restraining the consumption of goods which in term limit my spiritual growth.

WT: Is there a key moment in your life which made you become a spiritual person?

Y: I’ll always remember reading the Alchemist when I was around 15. That book triggered some feelings that changed my outlook on life forever. Even 14 years later, it keeps on delivering new messages every time I read it. Also, studying philosophy in high school initiated the expansion of my consciousness and helped me connect to the energy surrounding me.

WT: How do you do approach hard times in life?

Y: Meditation has proven to be really effective. Our experience as human beings is far too short and wonderful to waste time surrendering to negative energies. I am learning how to embrace whatever happens and appreciate the good out of all situations. In the larger scheme of things, every experience is part of the journey and should be considered with objectivity.

WT: ’Amazonia’ is definitely a pretty melancholic track and it takes me far away, especially giving me the feeling of being in a rainforest, do you feel a connection to nature?

Y: I am glad you feel that way; that was the idea when I wrote it. I do feel a connection to nature and I find it would be strange not to. Aren’t all living beings, including humans, and their creations, the extensions of nature itself?

WT: You recently played alongside Lee Burridge and the ‘All Day I Dream’ crew at their party in Brooklyn. How did you team up with the crew at All Day I Dream and get on the bill for their parties?

 Y: What an outstanding event that was! I feel really blessed and honored to play with Lee, Matt and the other artists who are part of the All Day I Dream family. Matthew originally noticed me in the summer of 2012 after he heard some of my music at a house party. We’ve been getting to know each other since then, and have become friends. In September 2013, he invited me to play at the launch of his baby label Für Die Liebe at Oval Space in London. Following the success of the party, he introduced me to Lee as someone who should be part of All Day I Dream. It was very natural for Lee and I to connect, and Matthew knew this.

WT: In your professional field, what can a young DJ learn from a guy like Lee Burridge? What is it that separates the good DJs/producers from the excellent in your opinion?

Y: Not only is Lee an amazing DJ but also an incredible role model for those that want long-term professional careers as an underground artist.
There are many factors that differentiate excellent DJs/producers from the rest. Talent, above all else, comes first. But what is talent without true passion, commitment, love, focus, dedication, self-confidence, belief, humility, and respect for others?

WT: Your productions fit into the style of dreamy house music; can you explain to us what the connection is between house music and dreaming?

Y: There is no explicit connection between house music and dreaming, although I think great house music inspires dreaming and dreams encourage creating amazing house music. I would say “dreamy house” inspires one to feel slightly deeper than other types of house; its main purpose being to evoke specific harmony related emotions within the listeners.

WT: What is your plan for the rest of the year and for 2015?

Y: Most of all, I’d like to be able to levitate, stop time, and master teleportation.
Besides that, I am going to keep on working in the studio as much as possible, since I’ve got my flow happening. I’ll be traveling to North America at the end of October, and Central-South America around Xmas/NY through until the end of January. After that, I will fly to Australia for a month-long tour, stopover in Bali, and then head back to Berlin to make music in the studio again. All super exciting stuff really!


Check YokoO’s website | facebook | Soundcloud and the
All Day I Dream project: facebook | Soundcloud

Main-low_670

“The inspiration behind this set originally came to me after seeing the beautiful illustration of Amaryllis by Tori Wheeler, which also happens to be the same design I used as the artwork for the set. In this set, I am trying to explain the blooming process of a flower through music. Each bud goes through a very complicated transformation during the blooming process. Flowers are something which I have always considered to be magical, and it has never failed to amuse me.

Science of Blooming will feature tracks from Acid Pauli, Mooryc, Apparat, Aphex Twin, Jon Hopkins, Douglas Greed, Kadebostan, Nu & Christopher Schwarzwälder, No Accident In Paradise, Hidenobu Ito, Thom Yorke, Mind Against, Moderat, Max Cooper, Dirty Doering, and many more.

Hope you too will enjoy the magical evolution of a bud to an astonishing flower.”

Stalvart John for WITNESS THIS, October 2014

>> YOUR WITNESS THIS GARDENER SAYS… >> Use headphones to experience music blooming inside your head.


Indian-born Stalvart John found his home in electronic music about a decade ago.
He started out playing for pirate radio stations based in the UK, and became resident DJ of Club 1100, Ramada Resorts, playing leading venues like Ava Lounge Dream Hotel Cochin, Lagoon Le Meridien Kochi, V Bar Hilton Garden Inn Trivandrum, and Pebble – The Jungle Lounge Bangalore.

Stalvart’s latest podcast goes by the name “In A Mind Place“. Its concept is not bound by the restrictions of genres. Instead, Stalvart’s idea is to take his listeners on an hour-long journey of sounds. You can listen to it on Tenzi FM every second Saturday of the month.
Other projects include ‘Civilization Of Sounds’ through which he tries to promote home-grown talents, and ‘Odyssey’ which curates pure chill-out, lounge, and experimental electronica sounds.

Connect with Stalvart on Facebook | Resident Advisor | Soundcloud | Mixcloud | Twitter.

Stal-Pic-01_670

koze_a-witness-this-mixtape_witnessthis

koze_a-witness-this-mixtape_witnessthis

“Another fall, another turned page: there was something of jubilee in that annual autumnal beginning, as if last year’s mistakes had been wiped clean by summer.” – Wallace Stegner, Angle of Repose

Inspired by shorter days, intimate gatherings and transitions felt both within and around us – this compilation remains playful and upbeat yet takes into account the tenderness of cooler weather, waning sunshine and longer nights spent beneath the sheets. Enjoy this September’s mixtape, KŌZĒ.

ˈkōzē/
adjective
1.giving a feeling of comfort, warmth, and relaxation.
“A cozy cabin tucked away in the trees.”

Listen here:

Compilation by: Nissa Rhodes
Album art by: Dersu Rhodes
Image by: Théo Gosselin

nico_stojan_bachstelzen_witnessthis

Written by Philipp Vogt

nico_stojan_bachstelzen_witnessthis

Nico Stojan is one of our Berlin based absolute favorites. He grabbed our undivided attention with After the Hour which is just one amongst hundreds of unbelievable sounds from this producer/dj.

Katerholzig liaised with Bachstelzen (a really crazy and BRILLIANT artist/DJ collective, you can find their page here on fb) and organized a very intimate techno festival in Garbicz, Poland, August 16th thru 19th. Bachstelzen are infamous for their decoration and light installations, creating surreal sceneries, for example placing two massive Chinese gongs around a camp fire in the middle of the woods.

The set was played by Nico Stojan in the after-hour on Monday, Aug 19th at the lake-side dance floor in the middle of a beautiful forest. The general consensus of the crowd was that it was enchanting. We are so very proud to share this special set, please enjoy.

systemfeind_aka_mr-schlott_sound_witnessthis

systemfeind_aka_mr-schlott_sound_witnessthis

Musikalisches Strandgut essentially translates to: music that is swept to the beach and remains on the beach because the sea has brought it there. SystemFEIND aka MRschlott brings us a vibrant, motivating soulfoul, happy mix, laden with deep house rhythm and vocal hooks that will most surely get you moving at your desk or singing along. Play it all the way through and then head on over to MRschlott’s soundcloud to download the set for free! Happy Music Monday!

Todd-Terje_Press_2

Todd Terje_WT
You’ve all had a few too many beers in the sun and you’re about to stuff your face with fresh food off of the barbeque. You’re slightly sunburnt, dehydrated, exhausted but you’ve never felt better. You’re enjoying that beer without a concern for what happens next. That’s when you put on this set.

It’s totally weird, unexpected and noticeably different. Spanning a huge variety of genres and generations of music, Todd Terje’s newest BBC 1 Essential Mix takes you through it all. You might not love every moment and there are certain segments you may even feel adverse to, but just when you might want to switch it off, the set switches gears and you’re hooked back in. You’re bound to connect with something hidden deep within it, making it all the more rewarding to hear it in its entirety. You can’t skip to the middle to hear it either – you’ve gotta let it play through the first second to the very last.

And if nothing else, at least let it play through the first hour and you’ll be rewarded with a style of remixing you may never have heard before. One hour and 59 minutes long, it’s a bit of a commitment but trust me, it’s well worth it. Without launching into a theoretical perspective on the future of music (and making really bold statements), this will mostly likely be it.

Listen here.

WitnessThis-Sound-Balue-Paradoxical-Intention

WitnessThis-Sound-BalueWitnessThis-Sound-Balue-Paradoxical-Intention

Eli Thomas who makes music under the name Balue is one of the standout bedroom artists of this year.  Residing in Denver, CO he is a one-man hit factory – creating a vivid, surfy summer dream-inspired collection of songs. As with other bedroom acts, the themes of youth and adventure play deeply in Worry Toobs and Paradoxical Intention, two stellar releases that both came out this year.  This is lo-fi perfection and we’re right next to Eli soaking up the sun on the beach with a tasty beverage in hand watching the waves roll in.

Youth I don’t know what you are anymore 
Youth I don’t know what comes next or what’s in store 
Youth I just hope that you’ll meet me down on the shore 
Youth that was the place that you and I did adore 

The waves are like opiates 
Like ultimate pleasure 
They hit my face like opiates 
If I open it, what a treasure

I don’t ever want to grow up 
I don’t want to give up my drugs 
Like movies, and music and traveling gets hard man

– from Youth Waves

 

 

Previous Witness This post on Balue here.

WT_H.O.S.H

Another week is upon us and it can be difficult to get to the office Monday morning and get crackin’. We’ve sourced an f’in sick new mix to start Monday morning out right. No stranger to the DJ circuit, Hamburg based H.O.S.H. has spent the last 6 years touring the world and mastering the art of remixing, blending and splicing. Check out his additional 30+ tracks on his soundcloud – one of my favorites, this particular set builds slowly revealing a plethora of funky, unique elements to perfectly compliment that much needed Monday morning brew.


Image courtesy of mixmag.net

witnessthis-beeeyes

Everyday this world gets smaller and nobody is an island.  Cultures and trends once blockaded by vast distances and differences are no longer isolated.  Music is a fine example for what has truly become One World – people brought together by technology and joining movements based upon what sound they gravitate towards.

Bee Eyes, as a band from the Philippines shows the cultural reach phenomenon of trends.  From their location in Maze Mountain (sounds like an amazing place), which is actually metro Manila, they’ve shown that there is a scene which has adopted the lo-fi surf sound that I acquaint with bands like Beach Fossils, Real Estate and Wild Nothing. It’s a sound that has resonated in the western world for some time and it’s nice to see the impact it has had in the east.  Like a game of telephone the sound of Bee Eyes is very much the same but with a new message.

You can download Bee Eyes’ Honeymoon EP here.

Facebook here.

While you’re at it, check out Bee Eyes’ Idris Vicuña’s side project Eyedress.  He’s got a thing for eyes apparently.

2143302054-1

Girls are suckers for accents, especially Australian ones.  Around here quite a few Aussies head over in a walkabout pursuit of the endless summer via the northern hemisphere.  Along the way they drop their beloved slang – arvo, lift, brekkie, g’day, boot, bottle shop, windscreen.  Girls eat that stuff up.  What’s funny  though when singing in the English language is that accents very rarely transcend a person’s voice in song.  So Fitzroy, Australia’s Wizard Oz sound like they could be from Southern California or Brooklyn (gasp).  Without the accent as a free pass to our hearts, they rely on their lo-fi pop to win us over.

Download Flashing Lights free here.

Download Flower Days free here.

Wizard Oz Tumblr.