Nostalgia never gets old, especially if you’re a hipster and the nostalgia sounds this good. The nostalgic heart of Raja’s ‘That Girl’ emerges out of a cloud of haze and reverb carried on walking pace bass and drum lines. The bass, guitar and vocals on ‘That Girl’ are provided by Starchild who does a great job crafting an authentically old-fashioned vibe that the song pulls off so well. This song is not a total embrace of old sounds however, as Raja’s atmospherics make ‘That Girl’ sound like it was recorded on a tape and left out in the sun for about 50 years only to be discovered and cherished by bloggers.
When TV Girl stormed the blog scene with their fantastic first single “If You Want It”, it seemed like a song the San Diego outfit would never be able to live up to. Fortunately, TV Girl have stuck with it and have become one of my favorite and most consistent bands. All of their EP‘s and Singles have maintained the same qualities that made “If You Want It” great while still always bringing fresh new qualities to their music. Now they have finally dropped their first full length project in the form of a mixtape released on Heems’ record label, Greedhead, and the result is just as awesome as I had hoped. The Wild, The Innocent, The TV Shuffle will make a perfect soundtrack for all the barbeques and shenanigans we all hope to get into this summer, so download and sync to your iPod right away because you never know when it will come in handy, although it will probably be quite frequently.
I would like to go to San Diego some day because judging from the music that people from San Diego make, it seems like the sunniest, happiest place on Earth. Even a song called “Misery” sounds incredibly happy and up beat. “Misery” makes use of a recognizable oldie sample, as many other TV Girl songs do, and breathes new life into it with a beautifully arranged percussion track, and some more upfront than usual vocals from TV Girl lead singer Trung Ngo. TV Girl will be releasing their debut full project in the form of a mixtape on Heems (of Das Racist)’s record label, Greedhead, in May and I am sure that it will be one of the more perfect summer soundtracks to be put out in a while.
P.S. If you want to read about the song’s birth, death, and eventual reincarnation from Trung himself, head over to Portals for the scoop HERE