It’s the tenth issue of Letters From Bandcamp! That means this column is two hands old, drooling on itself and sometimes crying, but still chugging along, week by week. Today’s issue celebrates that with a heavy dose of moody bedroom-pop, some lo-fi doo-wop and a healthy serving of tropical beats, sunny-side up. Thanks for sticking with us so far, and let us know your thoughts, suggestions and how you like your eggs in the comments.
Jaqs Clark is from Bakersfield, CA, and her collection of Bandcamp singles will worm its way into that space between your heart and your brain with half-dazed instrumentals and sprightly soda fountain vocals. She records her songs on a “pocket-sized tape recorder.” Drummer Katelyn Kelley provides those euphoric percussion flares in the track above.
PIMO is Pixy Liao and Takahiro Morooka, two Brooklyn-based musicians who describe what they do as “toy-rock.” The slick-sugar twee sound is cleverly offset by goofy lyrics about erotic fantasies, Youtube and women who do yoga.
Nevin Kight is Kevin Night (say that ten times fast), and he’s a nomadic Virginia-based musician with a buttery smooth voice and a dark side.
Vacation Dad is a mystical party fiend who mixes crushing industrial tin-thwack combos with rainforest samples and Caribbean beats. He wants to play in your living room.
Brown Bread has been making music since 2004, but just hopped on Bandcamp this past December. With a keyboard, a synth and a voice that flickers and swells, Brown Bread goes best with a glimmer of sun through a bedroom curtain at dawn.