June 9 2015 06:26 PM

A roundup of digital releases by local artists


If you search for albums tagged "San Diego" on Bandcamp, you'll find some interesting stuff. In this semi-regular report, we sift through recent postings and relay our findings.

The Ghost of Oklahoma by The Ghost of Oklahoma: Now this is cool. A little bit folk, a little bit shoegaze, and a little bit post-punk, The Ghost of Oklahoma is a lo-fi group with a lot of ideas and enough interesting songs to cram with those ideas. Listening to this album reminds me of a time when indie music did a lot with a little, and had bigger ideas than budgets. Bravo, Ghost of Oklahoma.

Cosmic Banana by Ryan Short: This three-song EP is a super-short, super-silly collection of songs about food and monkeys in space, most likely created in Ryan Short's bedroom on GarageBand. And for a ludicrous set of songs about space fruit, it's reasonably decent sounding. But it is, ultimately, a set of songs about space fruit, so temper your expectations.

Inertia by D.R.U.: One of the tags that D.R.U. uses for his music is "drustep," which made me laugh. But the music he makes is sensory-overload, wait-for-the-drop EDM that could do well to allow in a bit more levity. There's absolutely no subtlety here. The beats thump hard enough to make you slip a disc, and everything buzzes to the point of making you question whether your speakers need replacing. Repeated exposure to Inertia may cause bodily harm.

Accidental Dose EP by Wolfzart: If we're talking about dance music with a sense of humor, Wolfzart is just that kind of artist. The title track on Accidental Dose opens with some drug dialogue from Cheech and Chong—a little too on the nose maybe, but pair that with the space-age wolf artwork, and itís hard not to be won over by the psychedelic silliness. The music itself is fun, trippy beat fare that mixes acid with witch house, bass and trance for something accessible but effective. 

Essemus by Two Moons Merging/Flowers: This isn't a split EP, but rather a collaborative work between ambient/industrial artists Two Moons Merging and Flowers. And it's a breathtaking, noisy and ultimately impressive work of electronic mayhem. It's dense and heavy, but hypnotic in a way. Dare I say beautiful? I just might, but my definition of the word might not be the same as yours.

jefft@sdcitybeat.com or follow him at @1000TimesJeff


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