by Linc Bradham
It’s been four years since we in the DMV have heard new material from Slanigiro Renguez, but that’s not for lack of effort by any stretch. He’s been hard at work on his newest release, Cyclovergent Visions. Blending psychedelia, indie rock, post-punk, and shoegaze, the Washington, DC based artist’s perseverance has paid off and Cyclovergent Visions is undoubtedly sonic success. It’s a smorgasbord of deliberate textures, including acoustic guitar, multi-layered vocals and found nature sounds which accompany tight electric leads and smart chord changes. Crafted during a bedroom quarantine weeks -before- the COVID-19 pandemic, the album showcases just how much of a versatile virtuoso Renguez truly is.
The newest single from Cyclovergent Visions is a spacey, beachy adventure called ‘Petrified Starfish,’ a tune which features Renguez at his best, calling upon influences as varied as Blur, R.E.M, Gorillaz, and even a bit of classic Ventures. It’s got dark humor, too, with its lilting melodies juxtaposed with the lyrics, “tide… sucking out all the poison / And smoke… rising on the horizon.” ‘Petrified Starfish’ is auditory bliss at its finest, and its snappy creativity indicates that we’ll be hearing from Renguez for quite some time to come. Listen to ‘Petrified Starfish’ here and be ready to encounter some of the best psychedelic indie rock the DMV has to offer. The album is available now via Bandcamp and available everywhere else on Friday April 2nd.
Linc Bradham is an American multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, audio engineer, and songwriter originally from Savannah, GA. He has resided in the DMV for the last three years and has served in the active-duty Army for the last 12 years. He is in the process of switching Army careers into the Army Field Band as an audio engineering professional, with long-term goals of promoting music education in America and the Middle East.
Kaelab Riyan Folks is a singer/songwriter from Staunton, VA. Short and sweet, his genre consists of a pop-like R&B sound. He is known as a hopeless romantic, and he likes to make his music about the realistic emotional encounters he has faced. We are just beginning to learn about him, but we see a ton of potential going forward!
His newest track is called, “Save Your Love” it definitely fits into his genre range. The piano chords that are the center piece of the instrumental are simple, but has that pop-element we look for that keeps your head bopping. His vocals are impressive, as he sings, “Save Your Love” during the hook which will easily get stuck in the listener’s head. One of our favorite parts of the track are his ability to vocally harmonize in areas. Check out the track below.