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Dungeonesse Premiere Video for Nightlight

Dungeonesse, the project of Jenn Wasner (Wye Oak, Flock of Dimes) and Jon Ehrens (White Life) have premiered their new video for Nightlight with Stereogum. In it, director Ariana Natale imagines a liminal space – a dream world full of magical jellyfish that bloom and glow while Nightlight pulses and trembles along. The video works like a one-way mirror into the ambiguous borderland between conciousness and unconciousness, between reminiscing and being haunted, that echoes the song lyrics Wasner sings, “…if I’m in the light, I believe it that I’m over it/ But when it’s late at night, I can feel it taking over and/ I’m not over it, I’m not, I’m not, I’m not.”

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Dungeonesse

Of the video, Wasner says: “Nightlight is one of the most bittersweet songs on the record for me. It’s about the kind of heartbreak that finds you even once you think you’ve escaped it–the kind that keeps you up at night, agonizing over those little things you can’t forget.

“I had such a great time working with Ariana and her crew–envisioning the bleary-eyed, sleep-deprived fantasy world that exists in the space between waking and sleeping, where dreams and reality overlap and eventually become one.”

Dungeonesse’s self-titled debut album is out now on Secretly Canadian. The band has already garnered praise from a wide variety of outlets. From mainstream newspapers like USA Today and AM New York, to the visual art world with Art Info, to Pitchfork to The FADER and countless others, Dungeonesse have won hearts and minds with their catchy, compelling music.

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Cayucas Announce September UK Tour Dates and Release New Video for East Coast Girl

Following a sold out show to ecstatic crowds at the Lexington a couple of weeks ago and a triumphant turn at Primavera, Cayucas have announced a European tour for September calling at the 100 Club in London on the 3rd.

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Screen shot from Cayucas’ new video for East Coast Girl

The Californian five-piece have also revealed a playful new video for their latest single East Coast Girl, which was out last week. Directed by Steven Andrew Garcia, the video is a vibrant vision of summer fun. The band plays some pickup basketball, climb some rocks and communes with a buffalo head in this charming dispatch from their home state. You can watch the video here.

“Cayucas have a dynamic that just works,” says Garcia. “Zach’s a great songwriter and their talent really shines through on the new album. We all took a road trip to San Luis Obispo, stayed at a hotel together and worked out one shot at a time.” Of the video’s appealing aesthetic, he says: “I wanted to make something colourful and sharp.”

You can catch Cayucas live on the following dates:

Sun 1 Sep Salisbury End Of The Road Festival (UK)
Tue 3 Sep London 100 Club (UK) – TICKETS
Wed 4 Sep Nijmegen Merleyn (Netherlands)
Fri 6 Sep Cologne Gebaeude 9 (Germany)
Sat 7 Sep Rotterdam Rotown (Netherlands)
Tue 10 Sep Manchester Deaf Institute (UK) – TICKETS
Wed 11 Sep Leeds Brudenell Social Club (UK) – TICKETS
Fri 13 Sep Paris Point Ephemere (France)
Tue 17 Sep Copenhagen Vega Ideal Bar (Denmark)
Wed 18 Sep Gothenburg Pustervik (Sweden)
Fri 20 Sep Helsinki Kuudes Linja (Finland)
Sat 21 Sep Stockholm Strand (Sweden)
Sun 22 Sep Oslo John Dee (Norway)
Wed 25 Sep Berlin Prince Charles (Germany)
Thu 26 Sep Hamburg Reeperbahn Festival (Germany)

Cayucas (pronounced ky-yook-us) released their debut album Bigfoot on 29 April via Secretly Canadian.

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Cayucas Bigfoot Debut Album Review

Cayucas are set to release their debut album Bigfoot on April 30 through Secretly Canadian. The release follows a series of European concerts including London’s Lexington, Primavera and End of the Road Festival.

Cayucas is fronted by twin brothers Zach and Ben Yudin. Cayucas which is pronounced “ky-yook-us” is the (slightly misspelled) name of a little seaside town in San Luis Obispo County, California. The town, Cayucos, has hardly changed in the last 50 years. In the early 1960s, the surfing craze hit. There was one bar around which local kids congregated where the jukebox played host to the soundtrack of those kids’ summers. The bar has since disappeared but as Zach Yudin will tell you, the place still holds on tight to its propensity for dreamy, lazy, bonfire-lit nights worth getting moony-eyed about.

The band’s debut album, Bigfoot, bears little resemblance to the modern idea of California – mentions of weed and lounging around on the beach, to name just a few. Instead, Bigfoot is an album full of melodic, catchy pop tracks designed for those summer months. If you like Beck then you will love these guys.

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Album artwork for Cayucas’ Bigfoot

Yudin has a knack for producing atmospheric tracks leaving in the hiss of a needle in the groove, the steel drum reverbs and ambient party noise which all lead to fantastically produced and mixed pop songs. There isn’t a song on the album that doesn’t bring a huge smile to your face. This should be everyone’s soundtrack for the summer. Being in England though, we might not see much sun but you can listen to this album and it will instantly lift your mood.

Singles High School Lover and East Coast Girl are definitely two of the most catchy songs on the record but track three, Will the Thrill is by far the favourite track. The intro is soothing, relaxing and perfect in every way. It breaks you in very gently to the wonderful story of Will the Thrill. The song tells the story of Will who falls madly in love and goes on a trip with the lucky girl. It has brilliant lyrics that conjure up images of American road trips and the thrill of being young, free and in love, “…motorcycle 1953…and I was like oh my God, is this actually happening to me…you looked over cautiously/Rolled down the window said you looked like a girl I used to know/Why don’t we leave this town together wherever the wind blows”.

Track four A Summer Thing, track six Deep Sea and track seven Ayawa Kya are the other tracks that will seep into your pores, you won’t be able to shake them off. They all have unbelievably happy melodies and catchy lyrics that you will instantly fall in love with. A Summer Thing is a great song ideal for BBQs in the summer sun while Deep Sea is very Beck-esque. The intro feels very much like Beck with the music having such an atmosphere about it that you are actually made to feel as if you are under the sea. The deeper tones, the crackling background noises and pleasant piano all make this song have a very chilled out feel to it; it makes you feel as if you are floating in a supremely beautiful blue sea. It’s a brilliantly mixed and produced song.

Ayawa Kya is slightly different from the other tracks on Bigfoot. It has more punch to it, it has deeper bass sounds than the previous tracks and a bit more ‘umph’. The intro uses more synthesised sounds which help to create that deeper sound. The chant in the song brings in some African music influences which is really refreshing to hear in pop music.

Cayucas have a sound that cannot be described. They are technically pop but their songs have so much more to them that it’s almost an insult to put them into that genre. Their songs are carefully crafted pieces of art that capture the ideology of a period that lots of people are probably reminiscing about right now. Bigfoot will send you into a trance thinking of summer, beaches, cocktails and young love. Bigfoot should be everyone’s summer soundtrack for 2013 but it will make you want to be in the 1960s when the Beach Boys were around producing those fabulous summer tunes. Cayucas could be 2013’s the Beach Boys.

Bigfoot is out through Secretly Canadian on April 30.

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Cayucas Announce First Ever European Shows

Cayucas have announced their first ever set of European shows which is to include The Lexington in London on May 21. The Californian newcomers have also confirmed they will play the Primavera Sound in Barcelona twice.

The live dates follow the news of the release of newest single High School Lover whose video was released online last week. High School Lover is out on March 11.

Cayucas will release their debut album Bigfoot on April 30 through Secretly Canadian. Cayucas’ sound is full of lead singer Zach Yudin’s Californian roots. They are sort of like the modern day Beach Boys.

See Cayucas live at the following European shows:

Fri 17 May Luxembourg Food For Your Senses Festival
Sat 18 May Amsterdam Tolhuistuin
Sun 19 May Paris Espace B
Tue 21 May London The Lexington £7.50 www.seetickets.com
Wed 22 May Manchester Soup Kitchen £6.50 www.gigsandtours.com
24-26 May Barcelona Primavera Sound Festival www.primaverasound.es

 

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