Archive for the ‘Bedroom’ Category
I can really relate to Fraser McGowan’s story right now, and I know some of you will get my drift.
The absolutely wonderful ‘Against A Simple Wooden Cross’ was born after Scottish based artist Fraser McGowan (AKA Caught In The Wake Forever) had suffered a complete mental breakdown last year, following a life-long battle with chronic anxiety. He had to give up his job and eventually his girlfriend and son moved out, leaving him to face his struggles alone.
Naturally, he felt destroyed but the one thing he had was extra time on his hands, which he had not been used to before. Previously, his work with music had been a very slow process but suddenly, the one thing he had left was a seemingly infinite amount of time in which to work carefully and unhurried. For six months, Fraser immersed himself in this album and poured everything that he had left into it. At the start of the project he had absolutely no confidence left in himself and as the music began to take shape, he began to tread the road to recovery.
Against A Simple Wooden Cross is an honest account from an artist who was literally starting life again, completely on his own terms for the first time.
This great album is out now on Hibernate. All profits from the album will go to Crisis Counselling established in 1996 to significantly reduce the barriers and exclusion in mental health care. PURCHASE THE ALBUM HERE
There is nothing I like more than ragged, hard, dirty beats. When I hear a distorted heavy takes all the mix’s space kick in a track, it seems like the rest is just luxury. That’s the case with this awesome debut by Top Girls aka Evan Adams. This is a rough, much harder version of PM Dawn. It’s the dreamy harmonies that really made me think of this duo, but there is a crucial balance between the sweet lush R&B and the rough beats that put it in a different league altogether. This is an important album, and I will share it with you right away so I could just put my headphones on and drift away while listening to this awesome record, ‘Carolina’.
Buy it HERE
It seems as if this summer is hotter than previous ones, especially on the mixtapes end. After a real extradope Jennifer Baron mix, we are thrilled to introduce you to an up & coming talent of the lofi scene, Lotec, who has been kind enough to share his tremendous flair and passion with us, thus curating and mixing one of the sexiest summer tapes I have heard in a long long time. Lotec is not new to the scene, a long time pianist and music lover. This is not the last time you are going to hear about this very young lady, so watch out…
1. Eidolons – Xylem & Phloem
2. Heliotropes – Moonlite
3. Broncho – Losers
4. Fear of Men - Green Sea
5. Daniel Bachman – Perigee Moon
6. Old Arc – Toxicabra ft. Kail
7. Oneothrix Point Never – Only Have Eyes For You
8. Here We Go magic – Make Up Your Mind
9. Dead Leaf Echo – Act Of Truth
10. TOPS – Evening
11. Atlas Genius – Symptoms
12. Yourself in Peace - In Transit
13. Paz Lenchantin – Kentucky Hymn
14. Sacred Caves – On the Outside
15. Magical Mistakes - Its Cold and Beautiful
16. Western Affairs – Control
17. XXYYXX – About you
18. Oscar Key Sung – All I Think About Part 1
SOB stands for ‘Sound Of A Bitch’and is a new extension of The Lofiles org platform. We have decided, after 4 years of fruitful blogging, to expose the artists we believe in to a wider crowd, and to try to run this web station in a unlimited fashion as possible. We are really open to suggestions, recommendations, if there is an interesting artist you might think of that fits the Lofiles bill, Lofi, Experimental, Musical, Minimalistic, Uncompromising, etc, let us know. In the meantime, visit us HERE
Melody Elder is the debut tape release by Pittsburgh-based The Garment District, the new musical project of multi instrumentalist Jennifer Baron, who was a founding member of Brooklyn‘s The Ladybug Transistor (Merge Records). A dreamy lofi bedroom naïve charm., a great gift for someone you know who wants to drift away..a collage of cheap funky little synths, experimentation, nursery themes with appearances by Jennifer’s cousin Lucy Blehar on lead vocals, Jowe Head on bass. There is something real fresh about this record, just sit back, light up whatever youre smoking and let it carry you away…don’t fight it..Purchase the record HERE
This type of shit is the main reason for me to do what I do with Lofiles. I am sure some of you dont get it..But I find what Jeffry Astin is doing truly inspiring, with his new baby, Digital Natives, and I cant really explain why. I guess a big part of it is the repetitive and hypnotic character of this project, something I use as sort of mantra, it carries me away, and takes the internal constant noise away. This is a killer tape guys, and you should hurry up and grab your Space slave Editions right away: Home-duplicated on Sony TC-WE475 on type ii chrome cassettes, hand-painted j-cards, every sticker hand-cut featuring different art, ed. of 50. All for 14$.
Jewellers made my day. Their recent recording venture, ‘Lakeswimming’, was released yesterday, followed me today, on this crazy errand day. From the Jewellers mouth: We (Gareth Leaman and Gareth Young) come from the sunny (rhymes with funny) town of Newport, South Wales (UK) .we make music with warped samples, synths, noises and cut up beats and the odd guitar.And few words about this gorgeous hypnotizing creation:…”"We started forming this album pretty much a year ago, just after we released ‘Sleep Education’. We aimed to move away from ambient soundscapes and sampled loops towards a more beat-driven, glitchy and warped sound. We got really excited when songs like Sing Trees were forming so wanted to make more of these upbeat and densely layered tracks”….I find this record truly inspiring, and more important, soothing. Their meditative journey is like a homeopathic medication for my borderline OCD behavior. I really abused ‘Thirty six’, the ultrafunky soulfull ‘Easier Together’, the beautiful sounding Statues, let me tell you something; a lot of work went into this mature album, and it is wel worth your attention and change, I mean, you could buy it only for 4 quid HERE. By the way, Artwork by Dean Howe