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5 Songs To Discover In San Diego In April

 April 7, 2021 at 10:23 AM PDT

Speaker 1: 00:00 Each month, KPBS arts editor, producer, Julia Dixon, Evans pulls together a playlist of five new songs to put on your radar. Mostly locals ranging from indie to metal to classical and jazz. Julia joins me now to give us a taste of each of those bands. Welcome Julia. Hi Jade. So first up is local indie singer line who has a new EPE out called black sheep. Speaker 2: 00:27 Yeah. Line is Annie lane. She has been putting out music pretty steadily, and it's always downloadable for free. This new three track release. Black sheep is really pared down and really lovely. And I'm pretty sure she recorded it at home in golden Hill. She builds a really subtle soundscape with keyboards and it leaves plenty of room for her vocals and dreamy harmonies. Spoons is the opening track. There's some really shows off her knack for lyrical scene setting. It's kind of part vignette, part memory part, almost like a photograph. And she has a kind of sadness that's specific and some have relatable too. This is my favorite track, but the entire EDP, it has a runtime of barely seven minutes. So it's worth every second. Speaker 3: 02:01 [inaudible] Speaker 1: 02:03 Very nice mellow song there. Next up is some operatic noise rock from Direx. Tell us what this means, Julia. Speaker 2: 02:13 Yeah, so that's their self-professed descriptor and it's, it's really hard to top that to describe them. Uh, they have a new self-titled EPE out. It's put out by Volara records and that's one of my favorite. So Cal based labels and yes, this album can be noisy. My favorite tracks, the opener spirits, this one is melodic and it's powerful. Kind of like a ballad and yeah, it's definitely on the more theatrical side of metal Speaker 3: 02:59 [inaudible] Speaker 2: 03:22 Direx. His voice is beautiful and bewitching, but mostly it just refuses to be boxed into a genre in a good way. Like if you don't like metal, that's fine. You might still like this. And if you don't like the theatrical sweeter stuff, that's also fun. You should listen to. Anyway. I just kind of love how, when the song ends you're left with the sense of the wilderness, like what was that? The track fades out with the line. I will always be queen repeated and yeah, that, that feels right. I love this Speaker 3: 04:16 [inaudible] Speaker 2: 04:19 And speaking of the theatrical San Diego, native Jay Breckenridge, Speaker 3: 04:24 She has been forced to take a break from his career on Broadway during the pandemic Speaker 2: 04:28 And returned home to release some music. Tell us about his latest track. Yeah. So this is Josh Breckinridge raised in fabric and he was most recently in the Broadway production of come from away. If you remember, that was a LA Jolla Playhouse premiere, but while Broadway shut down, he's focused on his forthcoming album called monotony and that's coming out this summer. He has this really great blend of pop R and B. And yeah, there's a dash of musical theater kind of show tune vibes, and they're to the latest single Y O U is about accepting and loving yourself. And it's really fun. It's lively. And it's really honest. Speaker 3: 05:45 [inaudible] Speaker 2: 05:45 I have to recommend the video. Also, you can find that@kpbs.org, because it also shows off his acting and his dance talents to you. It's a great watch Speaker 3: 05:59 Permanently phenomenon choose while you press pause, no rush for the rush Speaker 1: 06:25 And local indie band twin ritual has new music out and new single called metaphor. What do you like about this? Speaker 2: 06:33 Yeah. Twin rituals formed of Laura Levin Hagan of Les Chateau and basis Anthony Ramirez of glass spells. So I'm going to go ahead and call this a super group. They haven't put out a lot of music since their 2018 debut, which was excellent. So it's just really great to see new work from them. This year metaphor is energized and it's buzzing and Laura 11 Hagan's vocals give everything this, this crystal clean and fervent touch. Speaker 3: 07:24 [inaudible], Speaker 2: 07:26 It's a pretty sonically complicated song, but the overall whole of it is really approachable. And I got to say, it's kind of a banger, a sad synthy banger. Speaker 1: 07:37 That's always an interesting twist on things. And finally, some piano music. In fact, an album of piano music recorded in a single take. Tell us about San Diego's Kelly Einbinder. Speaker 2: 07:50 So she's a self-taught improvisational musician. Uh, she only discovered the piano in college and is a spectacular performer. This album is called music for stuck bodies and it will release on April 8th. And she wrote in her album notes about how the piano has been a respite from chronic illness for much of her life. This first track is out now for a preview it's called under the belly of a whale and it's spelled binding and lovely Or playing can be intense, but it also lets up when it needs to so we can breathe and settle in the power in her music is never unrelenting. There's so much mystery and curiosity here. And I really can't wait to hear the full album in one single take. Speaker 1: 08:53 Right? You can learn more and find links. Each of these tracks on our website@kpbs.org. I've been speaking with KPBS arts editor producer, Julia Dickson Evans. Julia. Thank you. Thanks for having me, Jane Speaker 3: 09:44 [inaudible].

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We’re listening to new music from San Diego bands and musicians, including Lein, D.WREX, J. Breckenridge, Twin Ritual and Kelly Einbinder. Plus, a shout out to the music in each episode of the Parker Edison Project.
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