Friday, October 28, 2016

Now Playing @ The Listening Station: Kan Wakan, Song Preservation Society & Superhumanoids

By Marni Epstein & Nathan Solis

Welcome to The Listening Station, The Eastsider’s dose of must-listens from local bands. Get to know your community by getting to know the music they are making. Feel free to let us know what Eastside bands or performers – in any genre- you are listening to by sending an email to [email protected] Follow Eastsider Music on Twitter for more stories and sounds from the Eastside music scene.

“Forever Found” – Kan Wakan

Sweeping gestures paint vivid landscapes and Kan Wakan exists as not only band, but narrator in the stories they tell. Some theatrical passages and an added mix of contemporary leanings fill out the spaces in between for Kan Wakan’s first single, “Forever Found.” This Los Angeles outfit encompasses years of experience from different points on the music spectrum, from singer Kristianne Bautista’s deep, passionate voice to Peter Potyondy’s forlorn guitar work, and then there’s Gueorgui Linev’s complex arrangements that seem at home in a 1970s spaghetti western or modern day California.

As the vocals ache with nostalgia, the sounds of classical interpretations receive a contemporary once over, the layers building on each other until it’s all part of the story. Kan Wakan is currently recording their debut album and will play Echo Park Rising later this month. – Nathan Solis

“Geri” – Superhumanoids

Silver Lake-based Superhumanoids just released their full-length album Exhibitionists last week. “Geri” and the rest of Exhibitionists feels like music that escaped from a John Hughes’ film; there is this eerily familiar quality about their brand of synth pop that makes it so easily embraceable. And so, just like that favorite record you unearth, which was once lost to the vortex of your attic for decades, “Geri” will both break your heart with its innate emotional underbelly and have you treading on air among its lithe melodies. – Marni Epstein

“Love Me Like She Did” – Song Preservation Society

There is a brilliant moment of clarity to be had when learning that the Song Preservation Society spent many a year in the Bay Area before taking root on the Eastside. With a focus on enchanting acoustic guitars, delicate harmonies, and narrative storytelling, they are a musical time capsule, preserving the sounds first heard in the turbulent yet hopeful 1960s. I don’t know about you, but I’ve already weaved myself a daisy chain or two.

It’s all so simple in “Love Me Like She Did” – or at least it could be. Trevor Bahnson wearily recounts, “Well I met a girl the other day / she said where you going boy? I wish that you could catch me up/ I said do I even know you girl? / Are you the one I’m looking for? / And she said yes.” And you’ll no doubt leave the song questioning why all love isn’t just that easy. They will be playing this Sunday at Echo Park Rising. – Marni Epstein

Marni Epstein is a freelance writer and music journalist who has also worked in both the film and digital media industries. Nathan Solis is a Highland Park resident who writes about and photographs the L.A. music scene. You can find more of Solis stories, reviews and photos at Smashed Chair.

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