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With "Change," Thom Sawyr asks for empathy over gritty, fiery Americana

 On his new single, "Change," singer-songwriter Tasso Smith is mad as hell about the current state of affairs. More specifically: medical industry D.C. lobbyists and the dehumanization that humans are imposed upon due to greed and corporate interest. It's a complex issue that Smith, who goes by the moniker Thom Sawyr, addresses with poignant simplicity over an alternative meets Americana-styled production. "We've been lost for so long/How much before we break and hurt someone," Smith questions, offering an anthemic plea that urges for just a little bit more compassion. 

"Change" follows Smith's debut single "Wishing on the Wind," both of which he'll feature on a still-unannounced EP.  For more information on touring dates, including a December date he's yet to reveal, visit his official website. - Juan Rodríguez

   

On "Heidsee," Sunwarper crafts lush, spectral downtempo

Some artist names perfectly illustrate how the music sounds like. The fizzy synth textures and warm, sun-dappled production flourishes of Michael Jakucs, who goes by Sunwarper, provide a place of comfort and reflection. It's a slight, yet significant departure for Jakucs, whose new single "Heidsee" puts a new emphasis on live instruments, sampling, and field recordings—a stylistic change from the atmospheric soundscapes of his former project, Selles. He does take a more beat-driven approach, but it's no less ruminative, capturing floaty, yet involving, fluctuations that offer a sense of renewed life to his ever-evolving downtempo music.

"Heidsee" is the first single off his upcoming debut full-length Idolon, which is due on all streaming platforms on January 10, 2020. - Juan Rodríguez

   

Indie Rock

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09:00
Band name: 
Upstairs Neighbor
FULL Artist Facebook address (http://...): 
https://www.facebook.com/upstairsneighbormusic/
Venue name: 
Tr!p, Santa Monica
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Joy Weather's "Oh California" is a bittersweet love letter to Los Angeles

Los Angeles can be a hard place to fit in. In a city that is so sprawling, you'd think that there wouldn't be any preconceived ideas of what it is to fit a certain "type." On "Oh California," Joy Weather's latest single, singer-songwriter Brian Ishiba isn't ready to throw in the towel just yet. "Cus even though I have my doubts/I’m planning on sticking around," Ishiba reflects with a tinge of regret over a scuzzy guitar riff, a sentiment that came to him while he was living in Japan. Ishiba and bandmates Ed Baida (bass) and Joey Grabmeier (drums) share an unbridled love for the place they call home, demonstrated with effusive joy on the accompanying video. The trio galivant like locals sharing a travelogue of their everyday adventures, ultimately convincing us to give the places we may initially dismiss a second look. 

"Oh California" is featured on Joy Weather's still-unannounced forthcoming LP, which promises to tackle themes like reconciliation and personal growth. Check out the video premiere below. - Juan Rodríguez

   

Mega Low releases new single "Reminders," play The Wayfarer on 11/25

On the video for their new single, "Reminders," Mega Low gives a different spin to the performance-based music video. At first, it seems ordinary enough: the Costa Mesa four-piece get ready to record another take inside a studio booth, led by the guidance of an unattached recording engineer. That is until we find what's troubling said engineer, which leads to an eye-opening experience that causes him to pay attention. And as he should, given that the Spencer Askin-led band delivers a mini rock suite that nods to classic rock royalty like Queen and The Beatles with a modern stylistic approach.

Check out the David M. Helman video below, who's worked in the past with artists like The Weeknd, Glass Animals, and Khalid. And if you want to see them live, they're playing a local release show on November 25 at The Wayfarer. - Juan Rodríguez