Practically born on a skateboard, Matt Berger has now taken his talents to all corners of the world. We caught up with the young man in between flights to find out just how all of this travel and success is affecting him. You might just be surprised with what you learn.
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Crystal Stilts have been attracting plenty of attention as of late. Back in April, the band released its sophomore album, In Love with Oblivion, via the storied Slumberland Records. Awash with reverb and fuzz, and steeped in gloomy psychedelia, it’s an infectious if occasionally unsettling listen. The group is right now promoting the new disc with an extensive North American tour, and Color Magazine caught up with Forester, Adler and Hargett during a stop in Vancouver.
When South Carolina native Chaz Bundick first began releasing music under the moniker Toro Y Moi, his summery electropop sound was among the first to be grouped with the chillwave movement of summer 2009. With his debut full-length, 2010’s Causers of This, Bundick rose to the top of the genre, embarking upon a series of tours and expanding his solo project into a full band. Now, Bundick has overhauled his style completely with more organic instrumentation and clearer sonics, and on February 22nd will release his sophomore LP, Underneath the Pine, via Carpark Records. There’s not much chillwaving to be found on dance floor-ready tracks like “New Beat” and “Still Sound,” which ditch his previous woozy tape edits for booty-shaking basslines and space-age keyboards that hearken back to the immaculate polish of classics by Air and Stereolab.
Riley Boland is a quasi arms dealer, an avid Bee Gees record collector and has a full wall in his room dedicated to Tony Trujillo. Hanging in his closet are two vests: one freshly-skinned deer vest, the other bulletproof. Seeing as how Riley and I no longer live a hop, skip, and a jump away from each other, with him being in Calgary and me living in San Diego, we decided to conduct the interview by way of nerd, using video iChat. With Riley equipped with his laptop, he was able to give me a personal tour of his strange room. I should mention that when he showed up on screen he was on his bed, holding a machine gun. Welcome to the bizarre mind of Riley Boland.