Weekly Wrap-Up 07.08.22

A few words about a few local tracks that hit the spot this week ### VO2K - A Different Me Concise, off-kilter hip-hop--built around a carefree horn sample and a stumbling drum pattern--featuring easy flows that outline a life spent striving outside the context of the rat race. Video by The Reel Cousins. More from … Continue reading Weekly Wrap-Up 07.08.22

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Daily Yinz – Short Fictions – To Leave Forever or Die Alone in South Oakland

Short Fictions recently released their Lauren Records debut, Every Moment of Every Day. Where the group's last album wended its way toward climate catastrophe, this one takes a direct route to depressed pop euphoria. When I first moved to Pittsburgh, I lived in an overpriced one-bedroom in South Oakland, a few blocks off Forbes Ave. … Continue reading Daily Yinz – Short Fictions – To Leave Forever or Die Alone in South Oakland

Daily Yinz – KELS – Be Fine

KELS, fresh off a relocation from Pittsburgh to Atlanta, recently released the carefree "Be Fine." The track contains KELS's signature blend of breezy pop production and force-of-nature singing, deployed this time around in the service of soothing, both for herself and for her listeners. Muted percussion ticks, guitar chords eddy like ripples in a swimming … Continue reading Daily Yinz – KELS – Be Fine

Daily Yinz – water armor – My Reflection

Water armor, a side project of FLOOR BABA, sets aside the former's hyper-expressive video game sounds for something a bit more meditative. Where FLOOR BABA's chiptune synths and frenetic beats bring to mind images of sleepover-happy middle schoolers crushing energy drinks, button-mashing XBOX, and hurting themselves on a friend's trampoline, water armor's most recent release, … Continue reading Daily Yinz – water armor – My Reflection

Daily Yinz – Betsy Schmeler and Benito Countouris – Two Chord Song

Two former Wild Blue Yonderers join forces for an EP of smeary, stripped-down pop music. Fittingly, the EP's first track is called "Two Chord Song," and it's a twee-as-can-be proclamation of devotion that sees Schmeler pledge, "Just know I don't want no one else," to a person with whom she shares moments both carefree ("The … Continue reading Daily Yinz – Betsy Schmeler and Benito Countouris – Two Chord Song