Los Angeles indie quintet Inner Wave play a bright, experimental mix of psych-pop and synthwave that earned them a significant streaming presence and die-hard regional following in the mid-2010s, thanks in part to songs like "American Spirits" and "Eclipse." The group's quirky but catchy songs and combined Filipino, Colombian, and Mexican heritage have helped make them underground stars in the area's Latinx indie rock community alongside acts like Chicano Batman and Cuco. Their 2017 album, Underwater Pipe Dreams, proved to be somewhat of a breakout, earning critical acclaim and increasing their visibility on a national level. They followed it in 2021 with the ambitious Apoptosis.
Originally Lady Lamb & The Beekeepers Lady Lamb is the stage name used by Aly Spaltro, a singer and songwriter whose music is a beguiling and imaginative fusion of folk, pop, and indie rock. Emerging in 2009 with a collection of home recordings, Spaltro issued her evocative debut full-length effort, Ripely Pine, in 2013 via Ba Da Bing Records. She continued to hone her introspective songwriting skills on subsequent offerings like After (2015) and Even in the Tremor (2019).
The agony and ecstasy of contemporary American life fuels Sunflower Bean’s third album, a psychedelic headrush designed to be played loud, windows down. Headful of Sugar is about outsiders disillusioned with the modern world; they search for freedom and meaning in a culture that runs on the 24-hour newscycle, soulless laptop jobs, and dozens of brands of hard seltzer. In spite of their alienation, these misfits refuse to be beaten down, buoyed by the relief found in interpersonal relationships that counteract the daily barrage of cheap entertainment and convenience. “We wanted to write about the lived experience of late capitalism, how it feels everyday, the mundanity of not knowing where every construct is supposed to ultimately lead you,” Nick Kivlen says. “The message is in the title: this is about fast pleasures, the sugar of life, the joy that comes with letting go of everything you thought mattered.”
Bound by circumstance, identity, and creative spirit, three trans multi-instrumentalists founded THUS LOVE in 2018 in Brattleboro, Vermont. But the shared experience of Echo Marshall (she/her), Lu Racine (he/they), and Nathaniel van Osdol (they/them) runs much deeper, tracing its roots to poor, rural towns where it was difficult to find communities to call their own. That feeling of loss and solitary longing has also, paradoxically, cemented their powerfully close connection in THUS LOVE. The band lived together in a one-bedroom apartment above downtown Brattleboro during the entire recording process of their debut album, Memorial, with Marshall cordoning off a room to build a studio from scratch.
GIFT is a psychedelic rock band from Brooklyn, NY. GIFT's sonic vibrations nod to echo-heavy '90s psychedelic icons like Brian Jonestown Massacre and Spiritualized. Started in January 2020, GIFT quickly became one of Brooklyn's favorite psych outfits with their kaleidoscopic live shows. Blending heavy pop sensibilities with pysch filled improvisational jams. Inspired by Ram Dass' legendary book Be Here Now, the name GIFT is a play on words invoking the word "present,'' as in "the present,'' as in "it's a gift to live and breathe in the present."