Christchurch’s Zen Mantra is a refreshing new project that landed in our inbox a few days ago. The New Zealand-based project seems to belong to one Sam Perry and we were immediately intrigued by the trippy, psychedelic surf-rock drug “La La La La La”. The grungy, lo-fi fuzz only adds to the warm and tripped-out nature of the track, a psychosis of psychedelia so hypnotizing it’s almost impossible to shake off its trance. This track is the first single that can be found on the upcoming debut album How Many Padmes Hum. In the meantime you can grab it via Bandcamp alongside the second single “Soothsayer”.
Places To Hide-Getting Worse (I Hate Me)
Every time I search through tags on bandcamp it always make me that much more hopeful for music today. The sad thing is that a lot of these artists can easily go unheard and that’s why it’s my job to make sure that some of them don’t. Places To Hide is a four piece from Charleston, SC and I’ve found their sound to be both refreshing and full of angst. One thing that stands out to me about them is how the male and female vocals play off of each other perfectly, offering two sides to the fast paced natured of the group. They have a three song ep on bandcamp titled Getting Old which is available for whatever price you chose. The ep is full of grungy, punk energy with a slight indie rock feel and meaningful lyrics about the trials and emotions of growing up and getting older. This is something I highly recommend and even though this release just came out this month I’ll certainly be looking out for more from Places To Hide in the future.
Been listening to this ep alot.