If you search for albums tagged "San Diego" on Bandcamp, you'll find some interesting stuff. In this semi-regular column, we sift through recent Bandcamp postings and report on our findings.
Unfavorable, Old Man Wizard: A name like Old Man Wizard evokes burly, crusty dudes, possibly draped in Sunn0)))-style robes and playing a crushing kind of doom. But it's not true. Instead, the band embraces an old-school style of classic heavy metal, with melodic vocals and big riffs. Not half bad, even if it's not as heavy as I was expecting.
In Winter, Laura Gravelle: Laura Gravelle's In Winter was produced by Dan Harumi, aka downtempo beatmaker Room E, though it bears no resemblance to his electronic pop jams. Rather, Wisconsin transplant Gravelle does all she needs to do with just an acoustic guitar and her lovely vocals, the combination of which is gentle, affecting and enjoyable all around.
Vitamer, Vitamer: A warm set of chill-out IDM, Vitamer's self-titled set doesn't crash the same kind of boundaries that locally bred beatmaker The Gaslamp Killer has, but it's nice enough all the same. Imagine touches of Luke Vibert and Boards of Canada in a gentle, womb-like atmosphere, with vocoder-treated vocals, and you're just about there.
Mysticism of Archaic Lore, Hrungnir: Wikipedia tells us that Hrungnir is an Old Norse term for "brawler" and a figure in Norse mythology. Sounds gnarly and epic, right? Not exactly. Hrungnir, the musical project, is ominous and ambient, even a little scary, but not nearly as threatening or thunderous as I had hoped. That said, it'd be perfect come Halloween. This'll get those trick-or-treaters running scared.
Finding Focus, Quinny C: Quinny C's bio states that he's been rapping since he was 9 years old, which I'm guessing was during the early-'90s era of jazz rap and positivism. He's got a chill lyrical style, and the production on his new set doesn't bang or bump—it just flows. Sure, sometimes he's a little cornball, but he earns some points for his laid-back vibes