Daily Yinz – Slowhaunt – SCARY LITTLE CHURCHYARD

Slowhaunt (a pseudonym for Pittsburgh artist Nathan King) recently released Funeral Hits, Pts 01 and 02, two albums stuffed full of Halloweeny synth tracks. Blessed with names like "BLOOD IN THE POTPOURRI," "THE FLORIST IS A PIECE OF SHIT," and "PUSS COVERED HEALING CRYSTAL," the songs evoke a Rob Zombie semi-funhouse, a place in which … Continue reading Daily Yinz – Slowhaunt – SCARY LITTLE CHURCHYARD

Daily Yinz – Shepherd’s Tone – Daydream

Shepherd's Tone is an atmospheric synth project created by Pittsburgh artist Jared Simpson; his self-titled debut came out in late May. When I said that Shepherd's Tone is "atmospheric," I meant reeeaal atmospheric. Like, drifting-through-the-upper--stratosphere-at sunset-so-much-haze-that-you-can-only-see-objects'-outlines atmospheric. The four-song project buries Simpson's narcotic vocals beneath sprawling washes of lo-fi synthesizer. Each chord stretches out like … Continue reading Daily Yinz – Shepherd’s Tone – Daydream

Daily Yinz – Ky Vöss – Masochism

Ky Vöss, a Pittsburgh artist who makes dream pop music for the damned, returns with "Masochism," the first single from the upcoming Coping Mechanisms. "Masochism" is a streamlined arrow of a song, engineered to barrel ever forward through the banks of luminous synth that surround it, an electrified bullet train made of pure pop. Vöss, … Continue reading Daily Yinz – Ky Vöss – Masochism

Daily Yinz – Drauve – LMK

Pittsburgh dream-pop duo Drauve returns with the rippling slow dance lament "LMK." The shimmering, kaleidoscopic textures that characterized Drauve's 2019 output are still there, but those crystalline guitars and ambling, late-summer-stroll-around-the-neighborhood drums have been mostly replaced by warm synth programming pulled straight from Napoleon Dynamite's prom playlist. A four-on-the-floor beat, coated in pastel-colored, fog machine … Continue reading Daily Yinz – Drauve – LMK

Daily Yinz – Hot Hail – Dark Horizon

Hot Hail is a Pittsburgh artist whose synthesized suites act as soundtracks for imaginary animated films. "Dark Horizon," a track from Hot Hail's March EP, Phantom Themes, is on the spookier end of the vaporwave spectrum, all brooding piano, chilly, siren-like synth blares, and liquid arpeggios. The whole song simmers with rising action, never quite … Continue reading Daily Yinz – Hot Hail – Dark Horizon

Daily Yinz – Chariot Fade – Camel’s Eye

The indie-pop masterminds of Chariot Fade return with a double single called Tenderness Hits/Camel's Eye. "Camel's Eye," which features some gorgeous cello work from Eric Weidenhof, represents C-Fade's take on the good ol' power ballad. The track is propelled forward by a deep, bubbling synth line, Weidenhof's strings darting in and out to add some … Continue reading Daily Yinz – Chariot Fade – Camel’s Eye

Daily Yinz – Withering Presence – Glaucous Emanations from the Sundered Stone Cross

Withering Presence is a Pittsburgh ambient artist whose most recent release, a split tape with New York's Pallid Bloom called Their Verdant Reclamation, was inspired by time spent within Allegheny Cemetery. The music that Withering Presence contributed to Their Verdant Reclamation takes the form of three faded synth dirges that are both lachrymose and peaceful … Continue reading Daily Yinz – Withering Presence – Glaucous Emanations from the Sundered Stone Cross

Daily Yinz – Cloning – weighted

Dana Matthiessen's Cloning specializes in electronic sound collages that extend well into musique concrète levels of abstraction. "Weighted" is a track from Cloning's lapses, originally released on cassette last March by the FUC label and available now for download. The album is described by Matthiessen as "the sound of rummaging through electronic trash heaps." As … Continue reading Daily Yinz – Cloning – weighted

Daily Yinz-Hemlock for Socrates-Swarm

Hemlock for Socrates is a Pittsburgh duo whose music features operatic vocals set against a backdrop of off-kilter synthpop. "Swarm," a track from the band's newly released paper animals, sounds like the kind of thing one might have heard sung, in some form or another, in a swanky jazz joint back in the '30s. Heather … Continue reading Daily Yinz-Hemlock for Socrates-Swarm

Daily Yinz-Emily Cook and Dana Ma-Live at 3577 2018-10-04

Cook/Ma, an album containing two live performances by clarinetist Emily Cook and synth sculptor Dana Ma, was recently released on cassette by Crucible Sound, a Pittsburgh organization that seeks to promote collaboration and free improvisation. Cook/Ma's Side A is a 25-minute set that was recorded in October 2018 at Polish Hill's 3577 Studios. The improvised … Continue reading Daily Yinz-Emily Cook and Dana Ma-Live at 3577 2018-10-04