Thursday, July 21, 2011
LA Vampires Goes Ital - Streetwise
(Not Not Fun 12")
Amanda Brown can do no wrong. Formerly one half of the "Olsen twins of blissed out drone" Pocahaunted (the other half being Bethany Consentino who went on to form Best Coast), she's also the co-founder of Not Not Fun Records and sub-imprint 100% Silk. As LA Vampires, she's pursued a collaborative approach: a split LP with San Francisco's Psychic Reality was followed by the dubbed-out goth-drone of LA Vampires & Zola Jesus and the woozily hypnotic tape-loops of So Unreal (which featured input from Matrix Metals).
This time around she's teamed up with Ital (Daniel Martin McCormick of Mi Ami/Sex Worker) for Streetwise. It's got that familiar hazy, warped sensibility we've come to expect from LA Vampires' output, but it's warmer and more melodic than what's come before - the title track sounds almost summery, with chiming loops and catchy, tuneful vocals echoing in and out of the mix. 'A Woman Is A Woman', meanwhile, is anchored by a rhythmic, limber bassline, with Brown lyrically pursuing the themes of femininity and glamour that are a feature of the LA Vampires visual aesthetic.
Stream the record via Altered Zones:
LA Vampires Goes Ital: Streetwise by alteredzones
Check the Coyote Clean Up remix of 'Streetwise'.
Ital, incidentally, are/is responsible for this beaut of a tune:
Zola Jesus + LA Vampires, "Eulogy" by selftitledmag