Mo Troper’s third solo record, Natural Beauty, was recorded in the uneasy yet fertile time after the singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist returned to his hometown of Portland from two brief, failed experiments of living elsewhere: first in Los Angeles and then in New York.
Instead of the “snot-nosed pwnage” of his earlier music (so said Pitchfork in their 6.0 review of his debut solo album), this new record presents the salient details of Troper’s life without the juvenile editorializing that has, at times, kept listeners at arm’s length.
Album highlight “Jas From Australia” features a melody as buoyant and sweet as anything The Kinks ever wrote, with a dash of Internet-age urgency mixed in. The song’s straightforward storytelling—Jas was Troper’s first love, they met online when they were teenagers, and never met in person—sets the listener up for this gut-punch two-thirds of the way through the song: “I said I was moving to Melbourne but I lied and now you know.” It’s easy to take music this catchy for granted, and confuse beauty with superficiality, but these songs are remarkably durable.
Pitchfork says "Troper's gifts are undeniable."
NPR says "Troper writes grinningly great power-pop songs."
KEXP says "Troper weaves narratives and parables with a cast of delightfully obtuse characters that would give a Daniel Clowes’ graphic novel a run for its money."
Willamette Week says "[Troper makes] earnest adult music that retains the reckless energy of youth."
D.A. Stern, the solo project of New Jersey-born David Aaron Stern, is the musical amalgamation of crossword puzzle obsession, backgammon playing, and working as a recording engineer at Beastie Boy Adam Yauch's (aka MCA) studio. Stern's laid back, tongue-in-cheek lyrics effortlessly complement his dreamy pop rock arrangements of dense guitars and swirling organs. Hooks galore!
The Pretty Flowers
Dubbed “a true treasure of Los Angeles” by Razorcake, The Pretty Flowers are an Indie Rock band from Los Angeles comprised of Noah Green (guitar/ vocals), Sam Tiger (bass), Jake Gideon (guitar/vocals), and Sean Johnson (drums). Their well-received 2018 debut album Why Trains Crash was released on Portland, Oregon’s punk label Dirt Cult Records. In 2019 they released an album called Golden Beat Sessions, featuring covers of tracks from Neil Young, Wipers, Teenage Fanclub, Thin Lizzy, Warren Zevon, among others. The band toured on both records in 2019. 2020 will bring for them a new LP and lots of shows.
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