Echo Park’s Origami Vinyl is an independent record store with a penchant for celebrating up and coming artists. Though the store is undeniably small – a narrow strip lined by record bins on each side – its loft space atop a precarious set of winding stairs plays host to a bevy of the latest and greatest bands that you should get to know. The carefully curated listening station within the store often showcases many of these artists should you find yourself wandering in off the street.
Late last week, Origami toasted the vinyl release of the Eastside’s own Derde Verde. A three piece indie-rock outfit that finds its sonic base somewhere between the cloudy, stripped down rock of ‘90s Northwest and today’s psychedelic revival of bands like Tame Impala. “This is our first vinyl release, so this is the first opportunity we’ve had to play here,” guitarist and lead vocalist Dylan McKenzie gushed before the show.
As the sun set on this 80-degree L.A. day, the temperatures and humidity inside Origami, among the bodies of fans packed in, remained palpable. As the band played through their latest EP, Let Me Be a Light, McKenzie’s falsetto lightly dusted the existential musings of his guitar and band member Jon Schwarz’s bass. From their lofty perch, the band found a great balanced sound, which also allowed the airy harmonies between McKenzie and Schwarz to shine through.
Throughout their seven-song set, Derde Verde relished in their wafting bridges; tapestries that easily could have meandered gracefully into the seven-minute reveries of their genre predecessors. With songs like these it’s not difficult to see why the band named themselves for Val Verde, a rural valley town of rolling hills and big, open skies.
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Marni Epstein is a freelance writer and music journalist who has also worked in both the film and digital media industries.