Posts Tagged ‘One-Track Mind’

One Track Mind: The Peace & Body Roll Duo BOOMscat’s The West Wing Project Live EP

Standout Track: No. 6, “Your Lover,” a seductive duet that floats gently through sonic space. “Take a step back,” singer Asha Santee moans softly, “let me see my options and possibilities.” Group member Jennifer Patience Rowe sings the hook: “You’re the only one, I hear your whispers loud and clear, say ‘baby come.’” It’s a [...]

One Track Mind: Nice Breeze’s “Transparency”

Standout Track: “Transparency,” a surf-tinged punk ditty by D.C.- and Arlington-based quartet Nice Breeze. The band has experimental roots—guitarist John Howard and drummer Martha Hamilton also play in noisy freeform act Plums, and guitarist Barrett Jones has made droney music with Obetrol—but this song is as Saran Wrap–clear as its name. Singer Andy Fox sounds [...]

One Track Mind: Radio Rahim’s In Full Effect

Standout Track: No. 6, Radio Rahim's vivid “Just a Passage,” in which the stentorian-voiced 27-year-old Centreville rapper and activist contrasts his respect for his family with some deep suspicions about society in general. Boston producer Confidence backs the lyrics with a loop of a bluesy guitar lick and a staunch boom-bap beat.
Musical Motivation: “I wanted it [...]

One Track Mind: Cane, Charles Street Chi

Standout Track: No. 8, “Fiyah,” a golden era–rap tune inspired by 1990s mainstay Busta Rhymes. On it, local rapper Travis “Cane” Ludden lays down tongue-twisting flows and old-school hip-hop references over a soothing drum loop. “I inspire higher learning, but I turn into a dummy,” he rhymes, “’Cause cash rules, cream get the money.” It’s [...]

One Track Mind: Cavale, Faults

Standout Track: No. 4, “Nazarene,” from Faults, the debut EP by D.C. duo Cavale. Petworth singer Meg Walsh, 25, and Mount Pleasant instrumentalist Jeffrey Prosser, 46, combine to make generations-spanning electronic torch songs that can sound like early Depeche Mode, industrial music, Portishead, and Burial within the span of a single tune. “That Meg and [...]

One Track Mind: Ricky Eat Acid, Three Love Songs

Standout Track: No. 3, “Inside my house; some place I keep dreaming about.” A January release that feels appropriately frigid, Three Love Songs is the new album from College Park ambient-electronic artist Sam Ray, aka Ricky Eat Acid. “Inside my house” sounds like a fleeting island dream; there’s no beat or sense of momentum. It’s [...]

One Track Mind: Coup Sauvage and the Snips, “Sneaks”

Standout Track: No. 1, “Sneaks,” the A-side of the debut single by D.C. sextet Coup Sauvage and the Snips. The surname-sharing Maegan (beats), Jason (keyboards), Elizabeth (bass), Kristina (voice), and Crysta and Rain (background vox, aka the Snips) pull from ’70s disco, early ’80s electro-boogie, and ’90s Eurodance for an instant pop classic with some [...]

One Track Mind: Louis Weeks, shift/away

Standout Track: No. 7, “Fold,” the first single from Louis Weeks’ new LP, shift/away. The electronic pop song meditates on a centuries-old art: origami. “One fold, two times, two sides, one side divided, two times inside it,” chants Weeks, a 25-year-old Mount Pleasant resident. From there, the track offers a quick spelling lesson (“C-R-A-N-E-N-A-R-C”—"crane" spelled [...]

One Track Mind: Stranger in the Alps, Honey If You’re Lucky

Standout Track: No. 7, “Stranger's Will,” a Gram Parsons-esque anthem from Stranger in the Alps’ debut LP, Honey If You’re Lucky. The rootsy track espouses choosing your own philosophy and diverging from a predetermined path. Building into a joyful three-part harmony for the chorus, it's also one of the album's most layered works: Steve Kolowich (an [...]

One Track Mind: Thee Lolitas, “Velvet Underwear”

Standout Track: No. 1, “Velvet Underwear,” from the new double 7-inch by D.C. garage-rock trio Thee Lolitas. All four songs on the EP—co-released by Fandango Records and Arnold Records—are manic rippers guaranteed to start a bar brawl. Just don’t go looking for deep meaning behind the tunes. “Panties,” says guitarist/barker Vlad Dolan when asked what [...]