“The washed-out, blown-out love songs of Portland, Oregon’s Love Cop can be found on a handful of cassettes released on acclaimed underground record labels like Burger, Gnar Tapes and Lolipop. Using lo-fi recording equipment to capture its guitar, keyboard and electronic drumpad-centric creations, Love Cops’ ballads sound as if they’re originating from a David Lynch movie or an exceptionally bizarre ’80s public access show. On Dark Ones, the duos 5th tape available to pre-order now from Gnar and Lolipop, they stray further away from their garage rock and breezy pop labelmates, infusing the album with the sounds of early industrial, noise, and electro music, as well as a blissfully warped take on R&B. Somber and sullen within its hopelessly romantic aesthetic, even when the duo chooses major chords and uplifting tones, its eerie vision creeps through” (Press)
Love Cop are two Portland, Oregon-based stoner romantics, transplanted from New York some years ago, who blend classic pop motifs with gothy gazed-out atmospherics and 50’s teen dreaminess. Multiple cassettes are out now on Burger Records, Gnar Tapes, and Lolipop Records. “Let’s Get High and Fuck” is a blissed out slow jam that features Brian Wakefield, aka Emotional, of SF dream pop band Melted Toys on lead guitar and production. It’s the first single from Love Cop’s upcoming album “Dark Ones” due out in late December on Gnar Tapes.
“Last year Gnar Tapes introduced the world to Love Cop; Portland’s best, raddest, darkest, silliest, stoned-est Stoner Goth band in years. Throughout 2013, Love Cop released three (3) cassettes (including one Gnar/Burger Records split), toured the Western US twice (2x), flew to play at the Gnar Tapes SXSW showcase in Austin, TX, and produced five (5) music videos. And with every release, every show, and every video, Love Cop songs and sound seem to get more and more realized. Now with their 1st cassette of 2014 (and 4th cassette for Gnar Tapes, 1st for Lolipop) they prove that sentiment to be truer than ever. Everything you love about Love Cop but presented bigger, brighter, cleaner, and stronger. Love Cop is a duo (Duffy Rongiiland, Phil Salina) who grew up together in Long Island, NY, and while Duffy has been writing and performing music for most of his life, Love Cop is Phil’s first time ever making music in any way. They are both adult men, but play music in an earnest and honest way that only comes with a youthful spirit, and a personal connection that is based on a deep rooted friendship, and an obvious mutual fascination with lo-fi pop music. Bands this prolific and young rarely express their growth and identity as organically and linearly as Love Cop, and “Pop Magick Is Real” is LC’s finest, most focused album yet. Ghosts haunting girls in the shower, sex in the basement, secret messages; Love Cop” (Press)
Nuevo sencillo de estos ídolos LoFi de Portland. No está incluido en ninguno de sus últimos lanzamientos. Os dejo el enlace Vimeo.
“Hey, May,” directed by Brian Wakefield, this video accurately portraits the highs and lows of a new modern romance – the digital relationship. Despite all the serenades, Skype sessions, and sweetie texts, one of you might lose your shit at some point and end up going to town Buffalo Bill style in your bathroom, just like dear May”
“Prolific lo-fi pop princes, Love Cop, return with their third album of 2013 and it’s their best, clearest, and most sinister release to date. After two prior high selling tapes for Gnar, “2 True / 2 Real” has been released by the esteemed Burger Records and contains hit after hit after hit of burner-boy love pop. Love Cop is a duo from the shadowy warehouse rows of the Central Eastside Industrial District of Portland, OR. Born and raised in New York, then relocated to the Northwest, Duffy Rongiiland and Phil Salina are creating some of the best stoner goth, beat-brat, dark pop happening now. Like a beautiful mutt child of Beat Happening, Television Personalities, and The Jesus and Mary Chain albums, Love Cop’s newest swooner, “2 True / 2 Real”, is a bedroom pop masterpiece of dark and romantic intentions. Toning down on the cheeky and manic themes of their prior releases and dialing down the distortion for a more open-hearted and focused set of headphone-pop love songs, Love Cop prove on this one that they are as diverse as they are determined. This is for all the dark ones out there getting dreamy this Summer” (Gnar Tapes)
“Gnarnia VIPs and dark pop geniuses, Love Cop, return with a flat out essential cassette. Taking everything magical from their first cassette and amplifying it’s appeal by 1000%, this is a true masterpiece. Recalling the best moments of Television Personalities, The Clean, and Factory Records bands like Joy Division and New Order, perfect pop goodness awaits. Fuzzy guitars, jangly guitars, crunchy guitars, dance beats, rock beats, witchy vibes, stoner vibes, it’s all here. These songs were written to stay in your head. No bullshit, just devilish, delightful, delicious pop magic. Pop magic is real. Want proof? Listen to this cassette” (Press)
Retomamos hoy esta sección del blog en la que de manera concisa damos cuenta de últimas novedades en formato reducido.
Para hoy os he preparado un post especial sobre la discográfica de Portland GNAR TAPES, un sello especializado en cintas de cassette y en música digamos que algo alejada de los cánones más standards.
Street Gnar: Kenwicked (Gnar Tapes, 2013)
Un pasito más allá del Electropop se sitúa este proyecto venido desde Lexington. Auténticamente arriesgado.
“Gnar Tapes favorite and Lexington, KY’s own Street Gnar returns! Last year’s “Study Wall” was quite possibly one of the most addictive releases we’ve ever issued and we’re immensely honored to offer another top shelf release from this musical mastermind, known by his friends and family as Case Mahan. With crucial past releases on heavy hitter labels like Eggy and Night People, Gnar Tapes couldn’t be more proud to be a part of Case’s essential catalog. While every past release of his has been excellent in its own way, “Kenwicked” (pronounced ‘Ken-wick-ed’; named after the Kenwick neighborhood in Lexington, KY where he records and resides) is quite possibly the most soothing and gentle so far. Soft guitar waves laced over shadowy electronic drum snaps, with Case’s charmingly Southern-tinged and silvery voice, bring to mind the more intimate sounds of 80s Flying Nun records. A few breathtaking and hypnotizing instrumentals provide for deep introspection and mellow mind surfing. Grade A+ songs from a truly mesmerizing songbird” (Press)
Love Cop: Eat Yr heart out (Gnar Tapes, 2013)
Influenciados tanto por gentes como The Fall, Joy Division o New Order como por grupos más afines al C-86, nos encontramos con Love Cop, un combo un tanto inclasificable…
“Gnarnia VIPs and dark pop geniuses, Love Cop, return with a flat out essential cassette. Taking everything magical from their first cassette and amplifying it’s appeal by 1000%, this is a true masterpiece. Recalling the best moments of Television Personalities, The Clean, and Factory Records bands like Joy Division and New Order, perfect pop goodness awaits. Fuzzy guitars, jangly guitars, crunchy guitars, dance beats, rock beats, witchy vibes, stoner vibes, it’s all here. These songs were written to stay in your head. No bullshit, just devilish, delightful, delicious pop magic. Pop magic is real. Want proof? Listen to this cassette. Signed copies will be available at their performance at Gnar Tapes SXSW Showcase on March 15th, 2013″ (Press)
Emotional: Ece sculptor III (Gnar Tapes, 2013)
El sonido de los ochenta se expande con este proyecto formado con miembros de Melted Toys.
“Current Gnartist-in-Residence at Gnarnia, member of dream pop trio Melted Toys, and all-around charmer Brian Wakefield aka Emotional returns to Gnar with another cassette of handcrafted lounge-pop nuggets of the sweetest caliber. If you are familiar with the drum machine driven guitar pop of the truly beautiful sound of Meted Toys you will have a faint idea of what to expect. While similar to the new wave digital-age lushness of his main band, Emotional is more tripped out and stripped down, recalling soft and melancholic pop sounds of 80s UK softies Recorded to 4-track cassette while living at the Gnar Tapes house of Gnarnia and released while Melted Toys were on their opening North American tour for Christopher Owens “Lysandre”, “Ice Sculptor III” is the perfect sequel to last year’s critically acclaimed debut cassette, “Feeling”. For anyone down with the now pop sound, this cassette will get you through the Winter to Spring in the way only Emotional can” (Press)
Gnar Tapes es una de las discográficas más bizarras pero a la vez más osadas y valientes que conocemos. Su especialidad son las cassettes (sí ese viejo formato que grabábamos y regrabábamos de la radio en nuestra juventud) y las descargas digitales. La mayor parte de sus bandas tienen un nexo en común, que es el amor por el Lo-Fi, que, en su mayor parte, probablemente, venga derivado de una evidente escasez de medios.
Love Cop son una de sus bandas. Su música, amén del Lo-Fi al que hacía referencia, pasa por ser una de las propuestas más fumadas y arriesgadas del sello. Basan su sonido en ambientes, ecos infernales y una cierta valentía y gran desenfado en sus propuestas.
Su versión del Bummer, de Jeff the Brotherhood es sencillamente genial.
Puedes pasarte por su Bandcamp, echarles un oído y si te parece, adquirir la cassete desde la página del sello.
“Gnar Tapes is beyond thrilled to introduce to the world a new Portland duo for the new year! Love Cop are two stoner romantics, Duffy Rongiiland and Phil Salina, transplanted from New York City some years ago that have been good friends of Gnar for a while now. We knew they were working on a “new project” but had no idea that something of this pop caliber would come so soon. Love Cop’s LOVE/COP is truly on par with any of the best lo-fi cassettes we’ve issued but totally it’s own dream. What really strikes you is the feeling and personality that gushes from this exceptional piece of music. Blending classic pop motifs with gothy gazed-out atmospherics and 50’s teen dreaminess; lovely dark magic. This is the real deal! Love Cop’s excellent debut tape is currently available at gnartapes.com, and a release show is scheduled for this Friday, January 11th at The Crayon Coffin with fellow Gnar Stars The Memories and Jerry Rogers, as well as Jollapin Jasper” (Press)