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 the findings.

Los Platanos, Los Platanos: The cover art for Los Platanos' self-titled EP depicts a bunch of bananas, Andy Warhol-style, in homage to the cover of The Velvet Underground & Nico. And that's a fairly clever move—"platanos" does mean "bananas" in Spanish, after all. The music also carries a '60s vibe, but it's more of a Tropicalia style in the vein of Os Mutantes or Caetano Veloso. Gorgeously laid back and lightly trippy stuff.

Fun for Family and Friends
, Paper Days:
Paper Days' aesthetic is an upbeat dream-pop sound with a touch of hook-laden '90s-style alt-rock. Paradoxically, their throwback sound is very much of the present. I'm not sure that their vocalist's yelps and screeches work that well with their pretty guitar melodies, but it's not a bad start.

natsu o matteimasu, Polygon Boy: Every time I do one of these Bandcamp exercises, I come across an inordinate amount of downtempo bedroom producer stuff that ranges from excellent to unremarkable. It's almost never bad though, and Polygon Boy certainly has a pleasing, gentle electronic approach. These are boutique hotel lobby jams that provide a cool atmosphere, if not necessarily something more memorable.

See? Nobody Cares, Deep Nudes: Deep Nudes' biography states that they're "two brothers...creating soundscapes from deep within the nude scene." I don't know what the "nude scene" is (the guy on the cover art is wearing clothes), but their music ranges from atmospheric trip-hop to buzzing industrial goth to dreamy alternative rock. It's kind of all over the place, and most of their songs are short, but there's enough here to keep me interested in where they're going.

Bing Bing Bong
, The Snacks:
So, The Snacks are tagged with "illuminatiwave," which definitely caught my attention. And basically, their shtick goes like this: Layer some audio tracks of celebrity rants over nebulous ambient compositions, give them titles like "Kim," "Kanye," "Shia" or "Tronald Dump." Voila, that's Bing Bing Bong. It kinda works.


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