After touring with the likes of Black Sabbath and the Pixies as two thirds of the mainstream rock band Reignwolf, David T. Rapaport (aka STITCX) and Joseph Braley started working on new, much different material. Combining classic psychedelic rock with distinct Middle Eastern grooves, the pair recruited singerKatie Blackstock, and the end result is the trio Maszer, whose debut EP will be released in December.
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Thirteen years ago I reviewed the wonderfully weird Songs in the Key of Z outsider music compilations for PopMatters, and on Volume Two was a kooky Electric Prunes cover by someone called the Space Lady. With her Casiotone blipping away, Susan Dietrich became a cult figure, busking on street corners in Boston and San Francisco, and releasing a pair of obscure albums in the 1990s.
Originally an acoustic project, the Monterey, California duo of Lillie Lemon and Erica Wobbles decided to focus on a more electropop-oriented sound, which resulted in the album /brāk/, which came out early this year. They have a new EP called Aether in the works, and they’ve just released one of its tracks, “California Drifting”, as a new single, which you can hear below.
Toronto artist Shaw-Ham Liem has been making music as I Am Robot and Proud since the early 2000s, and the prolific electronic musician has a new album coming out this week called Light and Waves. One track in particular, the effervescent “Kira Kira Zig Zag”, is worth noting not only for its gently percolating melody, but the fact that it was written with Liem’s full live band for a change.
New York band East Love have done an excellent job building a very strong following in the Tri-State area, especially via social media. For good reason, too. As you’ll hear on the new track “Unbroken”, from their upcoming debut EP, their smooth combination of pop, rock, folk, and country, caters to the mainstream but never panders. It’s the kind of music that generates a wide audience with its openness and charm, and you can envision East Love expanding beyond their home region sooner than later.