Retro Synth Pop for Fans of Arcade Fire. - LOVVS: King City, Pt. 1
posted 24 May 2020 by Krister Axel
Revelatory and exciting music that reminds us all to keep dancing until the world ends.

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LOVVS (pronounced "lows") is the electronic project of Kory Westerhold. Inspired by New Wave and the sonic textures of the early 80s, and working with other artists from the Bay Area—including dark-pop artist Lyrah and drummer Jason Slota—LOVVS’ music is written and performed primarily on vintage synthesizers and drum machines, which adds a retro flavor to Westerhold's bold style of indie pop.

"King City Pt. 1" is a dance-friendly synth jam with a booming bass-line that might remind you of Arcade Fire. Lyrically, Westerhold delivers a pointed critique of capitalism - as the destructive, blind worship of market forces has profoundly impacted society and culture. At the heart of this dysfunction is the enduring premise that anyone 'can be king.' Yet, we must find a way to collectively grow beyond the tired symbolism of personal achievement. LOVVS' revelatory and exciting music reminds us all to keep dancing until the world ends. "King City Pt. 1" will appear on the band's upcoming debut album, Modern Culture, out July 17th.

Yeah, nothing’s real in king,
Oh, in King City
But they’ll say it’s everything
Oh, in King City
Oh in King City
Where nothing means a thing

"King City Pt. 1" was produced by Beau Sorensen and recorded at John Vanderslice’s Tiny Telephone studios in Oakland, CA. This song is featured on our CHILL Angeles playlist.

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Krister Bjornson Axel

Ogdensburg, New York

Paris, France. Madison, Wisconsin. Los Angeles. Ashland, Oregon. Ottawa. I write music, I write about music, and I write code. See also: photography, prose, podcasting. I have 1 gorgeous wife, 2 amazing kids, and many interests.

Recent Awards: 2020 ND (Photo) Honorable Mention, 2020 Accenti Writing Contest Finalist