EMOTIONAL is the spiritual manifestation of songwriter, singer, director, and Death Records founder Brian Wakefield. Wakefield, a San Jose native, has been a humble part of the San Francisco music community since the early ‘00s, working with various bands, but most notably the “dream-pop quartet” Melted Toys. Emotional was initially embarked upon as an experimental side pop-project to Melted Toys—it now serves as the signature vessel for Wakefield’s personal songwriting. Ahh…The Name’s Emotional, Baby! arrives as a multi-label effort that will awaken a passionate surrender of humility and guilty pleasure. Following his heroes Kate Bush, Gram Parsons, and The Smashing Pumpkins, Wakefield casts a spell of irresistible tangy guitar reverb, bending synths, and candid melodies. It is a pop record, it is a true story, and it is a testament to the modern state of feelings.
Retro-pop surf pop from Phoenix
Pop genius Jess Slyvester of Violent Change
FROOGY’S GROOVYS “is the project of Oakland visual artist and multi-instrumentalist Emmet Moskowitz, aka, Muzzy. Moskowitz has been involved in various Bay Area bands including Emotional, Teenage Chain, and Healing Potpourri but Froogy’s Groovies sees Muzzy stepping out to write and record his own lo-fi and nonchalant pop. Following MOOVES, an album on Death Records, Muzzy is set to release Is This Froogy’s Groovies?, a new cassette on River Girls, a label that operates between Lexington, Kentucky and Los Angeles. With it’s washed out vocals and lo-fi production, there’s a strangeness and a familiarity to the track, “What The Hell Am I Supposed to Do?” It almost sounds like something Ariel Pink would produce if he was to get an advance from Woodist records to hole up in a forest cabin and create some rural mystical pop. You can almost smell the pine cones, stove-top coffee and weed.” – Noisey