[FLOATING FUNK] When they first emerged a
few years ago, the members of Swahili were psychedelic sound-painters
whose work implied rhythm more often than actually providing any. With
The five must-hear new songs from Portland artists this week.
Each week, LocalCut collects the best new Portland music and puts it all in one place for you, the faithful reader, to enjoy. It's like The Week In Rock, with less Tabitha Soren.1. Unknown Mortal Orchestra, “Multi-Love”Prolific producer-songwriter Ruban Nielson’s has been at it for over a decade now, first with Mint Chicks, now with Unknown Mortal Orchestra. The New Zealand native’s ...
Portland quintet Swahili has spent the past several years making psychedelic trance music, but their newest single, “Vestal,” is not so straightforward: It's a vaguely bluesy, shoegazing track that permeates layers of driving percussion and entrancing guitar riffs. Frontwoman Van Pham’s first lines are notably a quotation from an African-American gospel: “Swing low,” she sings ...