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Make Believe Mix For May 2012 Featuring Canopies And Drapes, LLLL And The Paellas

Lot of great stuff in the mix this month – it starts with Canopies And Drapes’ sparse “The Door Into Summer,” warm but hiding a mysterious side. More outright joyful is Post Modern Team’s “Never Let You Down,” blessed with the sort of chorus that makes good weather even better. Tokyo’s LLLL and their warped take on J-Pop follows, and then it’s nothing but good vibes on Soleil Soleil’s “To Night.” Then a bit coming down with Lera Rae, before closing out with Osaka outfit The Paellas gorgeous “Lights.”

Below is a list of artists and songs appearing in this month’s mix, in chronological order. Click the links to read more about them and find out how to buy/get their music. All artists featured gave me permission to include their music in this mix.

Canopies And Drapes “The Door Into Summer” – From the And Putting Love Away EP. Buy it here.

Post Modern Team “Never Let You Down” – Online release. Listen here.

LLLL “Because Of My Eyes” – From the LLLL EP. Get it here.

Soleil Soleil “To Night” – Online release. Listen here.

Lera Rae “After The Beach Trip” – Online release. Listen here.

The Paellas “Lights” – Online release. Listen here.

New Lera Rae: “After The Beach Trip”

Here’s a jump in recording quality to get pumped about – Lera Rae’s first offering, “Dreamer,” boasted an enjoyable driving melody buried under some rough production, but that lo-fi feel could sometimes turn the song into a bumpy listen. Sophomore song “After The Beach Trip” still features a few muddled touches – looking at you, way the vocals were recorded – but from the opening tin-can percussion, Lera Rae makes it clear this musical project won’t be stuck in the basement forever. More so than the drums, it’s the first few guitar plucks on “After The Beach Trip” that indicates a change in direction for Lera Rae. The guitar sounds clear, as if it’s being played in the same room as you, instead of under a pile of broken amps. From there, it’s lovely dreampop that shows a lot of promise for the young outfit. Listen below.

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Rougher Mindgames: Lera Rae

This is pretty much the sort of music made for busy weeknights, instances where one wishes they could be out living it up but aware that the next morning means early-morning alarms and work. Nagoya’s Lera Rae gets that feeling, and with the song “Dreamer” offers up a bit of rough-around-the-edges escapism for those currently making tomorrow’s peanut butter sandwich. It opens with some Disney-worthy star confetti, but soon pivots into a lo-fi groove complete with sneaky guitar lines and something approximating cowbell. The vocals exist in the same fuzzy space preferred by the likes of TalkingCity1994 or Teen Runnings, and sometimes they can sound too muddled, too soupy. Lera Rae should try to be a little more clear next time, but otherwise “Dreamer” stands as some good bedroom escapism. Listen below.

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