Five can’t-miss tracks from the PNW
Helio Sequence “Stoic Resemblance”
Like a prayer for early summer, “Stoic Resemblance” screams for sunshine and sounds like Beck meeting the Beach Boys on a Slip-n-Slide. Helio Sequence has been around for 15 years and the Portland duo has come a long way, refining from electro-inflected grooves into platonic-ideal pop.
Friends and Family “Walking the Cow”
A song from beyond the grave! Friends and Family, Seattle’s glitter-coated, baroque-pop big band, broke up late last year but this mood-enhancing Daniel Johnston cover only recently escaped into the ether. Signs of new life? Or a reminder of what we lost?
Grace Love & the True Loves “Fire”
Seattle’s deep-funk scene gets deeper with the arrival of Grace Love. The powerhouse vocalist kills this cut with sure-footed swag—“I got that fire!”—backed by the True Loves, a zipper-tight raw-funk ensemble with a Meters-like lean. A timeless jam for anyone into good times.
Mythical Vigilante “Time Traveller”
Whoever this Mythical Vigilante is, he studied his 1980s sci-fi B movies (and even scripts one in his Bandcamp bio: “He is a crime-fighter; he is a time-traveler. He rides a motorcycle; he flies a jet.”). “Time Traveller” pulses with synth-driven, retro-futuristic VHS-tape ambiance, the fictional soundtrack to a forgotten Michael Mann flick we’d pay money to see.
Sir Coyler & His Asthmatic Band “Charades at the Condo”
Kickstart the dancefloor at your next late-night-drunk-in-the-kitchen house party with Sir Coyler’s lovable bad vibes. Taken from the trio’s just-released EP, “Charades” cloaks an elemental backbeat, thrubbing bass, wiry guitar and indecipherable vocals in just enough enticing menace. Ditch the inhaler—these guys are sick.