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Record of the Month: True Blue's "Edge Of" EP - live at Elsewhere on 08.15

Everything about True Blue requires a double-take. A cursory listen of the debut EP from Porches’ bassist turned solo artist reveals a palette that often overlaps with Aaron Maine’s patented brand of throwback electro-pop. It’s on second glance where Maya Laner’s version of pop morphs into uncanny, yet compelling ballads that dig into the flesh of listeners. Using imagery that invokes the more rustic parts of the United States, Edge Of detail filthy characters and depressing scenarios. “Rocky Bottom” is a quaint tune that gallops at a steady pace, but Laner’s chipmunk vocals give this somewhat kitsch song an unsettling sense of reality that is wonderfully uncomfortable. The rest of the EP could also double as muzak from educational videos from the '90s, but it’s the warping of this very distinct vibe into something simultaneously blissful and unnerving that makes Edge Of a release that rewards multiple listens. The artwork perfectly sums up the music of True Blue: a somewhat simplistic pose that reveals something disturbing about its immeasurable size and discomforting beauty. Laner will be performing at Elsewhere on August 15, and you can stream her EP below. -Tucker Pennington





Listen to LDYCP's First EP

Listening to LDYCP’s self-titled EP is reminiscent of reading a Tolkien novel in the best way possible. The band’s avant-chamber pop style imbues every song with a tone that is both romantic and inspiring. The lead vocals are melodramatic, tinged with a delightful ethereal quality. Their elegeic and abstract lyrics often sound more like poetry than song lyrics. It’s possible to hear the influence of chamber-rock acts such as Queen. This is especially true given the thrilling electric-guitar solos some songs feature. LDYCP does a good job of creating a new, unique sound while playing tribute to such legendary acts.

By Avril Carrillo 

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Nikki's Wives has released the most savage break-up song

 Nikki's Wives' new EP Motor Court is actually so savage you might have to stop to catch your breath. In a good way. "Stop giving ultimatums if you trust me" and "too close, Romeo" are some of the very clever, tongue-in-cheek lyrics from their song "Breaking Up." The arrangement is the ultimate anthemic rock middle-finger to whomever hurt frontwoman Nikki- let's just say I wouldn't want to be that guy. But Nikki (and her band) won't let any boys bring them down, so if you're feeling a little hurt by an SO in your life, be sure to listen to this EP. You won't feel bad for long. Nikki's Wives plays High Watt on 7/26. -Geena Kloeppel

 





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