Latest release: “Electric Sunset” (K Records)
Who: In his old band Desolation Wilderness, San Franciscan Nic Zwart played lo-fi beach music long before it became the trendiest thing in indie music. Electric Sunset, his synth-heavy new solo project, will probably get lumped in with the second trendiest thing in indie music, chillwave—but there’s more to it than that.
What they’re saying: “Songs like ‘Palace’ and ‘Here Comes Midnight’ capture a breezy surf-pop aesthetic that is purely Californian.” – KQED
What we’re saying: Like many bedroom producers du jour (Washed Out, Toro y Moi), Zwart wraps his simple compositions in a hazy gauze of reverb, giving them a dreamy, narcotic quality. But the melodies of tracks like “Soda” and “Morning City” are shiny and retro-pop bright, and Zwart’s assertive guitar work keeps things from drifting off into the ether entirely. The cumulative effect is less like conventional chillwave and more like a sunnier version of Atlas Sound, the electro-ambient side project of Deerhunter’s Bradford Cox. – Andy Hermann
Official website: http://www.myspace.com/electricsunsetforever
Listen: “Electric Sunset - Palace”