off the album LUST
-a reflection of you on cold cement as i look down at all my tears-
Live at Cafe Stritch, Fanime After Party 5/24/2014
Some clips from one of my favorite shows we’ve done, it’s in reverse order for some reason so the last song we played is first but whatever. Lovely memories <3
Hey everyone! This week in Los Angeles many of us on Zoom Lens will be attending events involved with or taking place nearby Anime Expo. If you’re in the area this weekend please stop by! Here are some of the things we’ll be apart of:
July 4th- 8bitLA Presents: WEEBBQ!
feat. Cyclops Rock, Space Boyfriend, Slime Girls + More
July 4th- MEISHI SMILE at AXDance [9:30 - 11:00 PM]
Need an AX Badge to enter or $20 if not. 18+ cut off in line at 10:00 PM
July 5th- OMORI at Crunchyroll Booth [4:00 PM]
Our friend OMOcat will be talking about their new game OMORI, along with composers of the soundtrack Space Boyfriend and Slime Girls.
July 5th- 8bitLA Presents: 8-Bit Battle Royale
feat. Cyclops Rock vs. Slime Girls
July 5th- Revolution Boi at AXDance [8:30 - 10:00 PM]
Our pal Revolution Boi dropped an amazing mixtape on Zoom Lens earlier this year. He will also be playing at AXDance!
catch the wave~
LLLL (pronounced either four el or el el el el) are a new rising group that center their music around an electronic/newwave sound that’s ethereal enough to be considered shoegaze at times. Although from Tokyo, the group have a strong footing in the western countries possibly due to releasing their newest album, “Paradice”, earlier this week through Meishi Smile’s California based Zoom Lens Label.
Having started this project in 2012 as a way to channel mixed emotions caused by the Tohoku earthquake, LLLL took an atmospheric approach both lyrically and musically. With very soft, hazy, and heartfelt lyrics most always sung in English they reminded me a lot of Purity Ring off the bat, and like PR they were also able to evoke this almost uneasy yet fine tension, like being softly touched by someone unfamiliar or having them whispering personal secrets into your ear.
"Paradice" is simply incredible it blew me away. There’s a subtle crunch instrumentally that slightly bounces off of the wispy vocals enough for you to never lose interest or mark it off as background noise. Listening to this album while driving downtown in a beautifully lit city would probably be on my bucket list if it weren’t such an easily obtainable goal. You can download this free via Zoom Lens’ bancamp or, like in my case, buy the CD.
Visit LLLL’s Bandcamp HERE
Like them on Facebook HERE
Read an interview from Lightsandmusic HERE
Download this album or buy the CD HERE
Yeah I love it alot. I love the physical quality to it, I love it aesthetically and I also love how it sounds. There’s alot of music that I find greatly enhanced by the low quality and massive amount of compression. To me, not all music is meant to be listened to on the highest quality largest speaker and subwoofer system you can find in the same way that some music is best listened to on headphones. Some music just sounds perfect through a bad boom box.
There will be a restock on some items, and then brand new items in the coming months~ Don’t want to spoil too much but there’s gonna be some pretty sick stuff coming. Also new music yeah woah what huh~
Thanks so much! Not sure on shirts/which ones ill be re printing, if any at all. But there will for sure be a new shirt design in the very near future. I started making chiptune with those VSTs and I think they are some of the best personally, as far as VSTs go. Especially magical 8-bit. APart from those 2 though, I really really like basic64/basic65 which is a commodore 64 emulation VST and I’ve used that on some tracks recently to add some depth. With chiptune though, nothing beats the real thing unfortunately :[
I’m definitely not a purist when it comes to chiptune or how to make it and stuff but Famitracker and LSDJ are def the way to go in my mind if you want to make chiptune.
I wrote a blog post about this a while ago which you should check out and if you have any additional questions after that, feel free to ask me as I’d be more than happy to help out.
Yeah absolutely, there will be a cassette re-print sometime in the very very near future. I’m not sure about CDs, maybe later on down the line. I kinda don’t want to keep re-releasing different versions of the same album but we’ll see. It was originally on cassette and that’s kinda how I want it to stay and how it was intended. Maybe one day, when I re-release it for the 7th time with special limited edition bonus trax 40th anniversary it’d be cool to do vinyl. Or something. BUT YEAH. Cassettes back in stock soon~