Monday, November 21, 2011


It's hard to imagine anyone not liking some laid-back, breezy, Cali-influenced lo-fi guitar ballads.  It feels like the purest form of post-surf music, much like the addicting melodies of Real Estate are a symbol to lazy summer afternoons.  Although slightly differing in sound, both styles come from the same idea: serenity.  A place of relaxation.  GRMLN, a solo artist from Santa Cruz, is one of the newer performers in the Beach Fossils type of lo-fi beach rock.  Recorded in his house, his three-song EP First Phase is a fantastic collection that debuts his oceanfront vision.  Clocking in at just over 7 minutes, First Phase is a little gem hidden within a sea of bedroom releases.  It accomplishes exactly what it's set out to do, to place the listener on a pier in southern California, the sun just about to dip below the horizon on a warm June evening.  Check out "Depressions" from the EP below, and if you like it, the whole thing is free over at his Bandcamp, so hurry on over to snag it before he changes his mind.  Trust me it's totally worth it.


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