A Quick Word from the Authors:
Less than two weeks from the opening of Coachella here we are at the end of a week that was capped off by a 5.1M earthquake to hit Los Angeles. Thankfully the quake only caused minimal damage, however this photo of Franco and Rogen spoofing Ye and Kardashian should leave a lasting impression.
Releasing the first preview off of their new album, The Back Keys released the single "Fever" on Monday, which has stirred up some of the die-hards who seem to claim that their sound is forever changed. Also, Lollapalooza Announced their lineup this week with headliners Arctic Monkeys, Eminem, Skrillex and Kings of Leon slated among the stacked list for the August 1-3 Chicago festival.
– Aaron Thomas & Anna Murphy
The Bees Knees
The Tryptophan: Zella Day – "Sweet Ophelia" (Marian Hill Remix)
The Kindle: Wunder Wunder – "Coastline"
The Pasture: Marika Hackman – "I Follow Rivers" (Lykke Li Cover)
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- The Pasture Less is more — slow-churned nights need a soundtrack too, and relaxation is underrated.
- The Kindle represents a peak of accessibility where the masses will be drawn to the raw energy exposed throughout.
- Lastly, in The Tryptophan indie gets plugged. What ups the ante more than experimental electronics and synths?
Drawing from hushed textures the intersection between folk and translucent melodies can surprisingly be seamlessly navigated. So kick back, chill out or fall asleep – but be sure to stream the easy-going tracks below for the epitome of mellow. Highlights include LAYLA's surprisingly endearing, hushed song "Smokestacks" and Marika Hackman's dark, and minimalistic cover of Lykke Li's "I Follow Rivers".