LA Vampires by Octo Octa “Freedom 2K”
LA Vampires is the nom de plume of Amanda Brown, the former member of lo-fi pysch band Pocahaunted and owner of the Not Not Fun and 100% Silk Record labels. When Pocahaunted split up and Bethany Cosentino decided to make generic pop rock, Brown luckily chose a different path, leading to her haunting electo pop she creates with LA Vampires and continuing giving the world great music through her two labels. Octo Octa are a band I don’t know, but whom reside on Brown’s 100% Silk label, which is pretty much the only endorsement I need. The two “bands” created a song titled “Freedom 2K” that seems to embody the sound that Brown cultivates both with her own work and with her label. The song has a deep groove, yet doesn’t succumb to the easy answer. It has a dark ambiance, with a misty glow of nostalgia filtering through the cracks of the melody that forlornly weaves forward via the tinkling synth lines. It is a song that is hard to nail down, but also a song that is hard to ignore. Another resounding success for Brown and one of my favorite songs of the year.