Ryan Hemsworth's Secret Songs label has become a well-known hotspot for hidden talent, a motley crew of the internet's most gifted oddballs. Most of the artists Hemsworth chooses bear an aesthetic similarity to his dreamy, eclectic style, but Los Angeles' Meishi Smile takes things one step further. An ambitious self-starter in his own right, his newly founded Zoom Lens label looks like it could become a source of great music, comparable to Secret Songs. For now, it's a platform for his fun-filled, moving new album, …Belong.
Meishi Smile's Secret Songs track, "Blank Ocean," gave a good introduction to the sounds explored throughout the album, a mixture of far-reaching sonic influences - Japanese EDM, noisy shoegaze, indie pop - that meld seamlessly into a heartfelt expression of passionate human emotion. …Belong is out now, stream it below and head over to the Zoom Lens Bandcamp for downloads and physical copies.
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