With a name like Skin Town, I would only hope that sexy sounds would come out of said band. The Los Angeles duo consists of vocalist Grace Hall and beatmaker Nick Turco—and they do make sexy music. It’s a mixture of R&B and dark dance music, nothing that ever gets too fast or too crazy and definitely stays in that very deep and very intimate moment. They’re smartly making music that isn’t a prelude to making love but mini-anthems for in-that-moment, when the lights are turned off and hair pulling is happening. Their first LP, The Room, executes this concept so easily and so successfully. This little duo has major potential to evolve into something special.
Gossip Culture is a local band that describes its sound as “downtime disco.” What exactly does that mean? It’s much like chilled out, funky, casually danceable Summer sounds that you can listen to all year round. It’s a good sound! And definitely a genre that could only exist in the current landscape of both popular and obscure music. The band recently released their first EP Strictly Speaking and one of the singles is very, very good: it’s a nice afternoon listen, despite it not being the sunniest day in Los Angeles.
There’s something about that White Sea. She’s local Morgan Kibby and she’s worked with some pretty big people that you may know. Have you heard of M83? She’s worked with them, yes. With “Midnight City” recently going platinum and a song of hers featured on Girls, it seems like a good time for her to strike out on her own. The first taste of this is the song “They Don’t Know,” a big track full of past and present touches that will certainly land her with her own following very soon.
Regardless of if you have a car or not, there is something about the traveling Angeleno. LA people love to get on the road and go for a drive or be in motion, in some way be it by bus or bike or speeding car. We’re always in motion! Local photographer Pablo Enriquez is quite a fan of travel and embraces this Southern Californian wanderlust. He’s transformed his need to go into a little travelogue book called En Route that showcases various moments in nature, at the intermix of Los Angeles and its native surroundings. It’s a very well done, cared for little piece.
Tongva Park opened out in Santa Monica very recently and it looks like a nice beachside greenspace, one that rehabbed an old parking lot into an urban oasis (a la Spring Street Park). There are fountains and beautiful landscaping and sculptural lookout points and even an avant garde jungle gym: it looks quite stunning! One of the biggest, most appealing attractions is an installation by renowned Chicago artist Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle called Weather Field No. 1. The piece is a simple, beautiful, amazing feature that adds to Los Angeles’ love of public art based in spectacle.