March 25, 2013

NEW TRACK: Coexist - "Bouvier"

It seems like the trend in music nowadays is for artists to make things as unclear as possible. Songs are filled with ambiguous messages – cryptic lyrics alluding to something or other – and the dawn of electronic instruments has added countless filters and effects to the sounds musicians make.

Chillwave is the miracle child of this movement – some describe it as pop music on pot, swallowed by the sea, and washed up on the shore two weeks later. Luckily for us, the local scene doesn’t lag behind in this department, and is home to several exciting acts. Coexist (Ethan Namoch) is the latest artist to jump on the wave, and he does so with a subtle electronic sensibility. His latest track, "Bouvier," plays like a lazy summer day on the beach. The melody is heavily filtered and the lyrics are barely comprehensible, yet it all comes together nicely in a hazy torrent of sound. The track is futuristic and effect-laden, but it manages to be warm and melancholy at the same time.

As chillwave is a relatively new genre, most artists who identify with it need some polishing. That said, artists like Coexist are starting to give the genre a little direction locally. And no matter how unclear the music itself seems, one thing is certain: chillwave is here to stay, and we couldn’t be happier about it. via Joey Gutierrez

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