Hooded Fang are one the few new bands I’ve come across this year that really made me sit up and listen. Their second album, Tosta Mista, echoes with jangley 1960′s guitars, and the watery surf sound of that era and the vocals with a sleepy sense of optimism seem to ride the breeze and pace of the songs. But amongst this sense of 60′s garage nostalgia, they’ve got something fresh and contemporary going on too.
Tom Hussey viewed his subjects through a lens of melancholic nostalgia and shot them looking at younger versions of themselves in the mirror. Could have turned out painfully clichéd, which is why it’s all the more greater for turning out to be artfully poignant. This was done for an ad campaign for dementia meds.
He’s the Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All affiliate that formerly wrote for Justin Bieber and is rumoured to be currently working with Nas. His Nostalgia, Ultra mixtape is incredible. It is a perfect correlation of euphoric r’n’b, lo-fi pop sensibility and the blunt OFWGKTA aesthetic. [audio:http://www.listenbeforeyoubuy.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/Frank%20Ocean%20-%20Swim%20Good.mp3]