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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Premiere: Emily Afton's "Words From Your Tongue"

Posted By on Wed, May 27, 2015 at 9:19 AM

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There’s a new indie rock label in town.

Oaktown Indie Mayhem (OIM) bursts through the ticker-tape with a badass compilation featuring thirteen Bay Area bands. But this isn’t just a few friends who had a dinner party and decided to start a record label. No, OIM is comprised of three products of the Oakland indie scene: Oakland-based producer Jeff Saltzman, who produced The Killers’ triple-platinum Hot Fuss (you might’ve heard of it), label owner Sarah Sexton, who founded Oakland’s Mayhem Festival, and Oakland Drops Beats founder and musician Angela Tavella.

OIM Vol. 1 gave thirteen bands a three-day shot at recording a track with Saltzman in Oakland, using the same equipment, same studio, etc... and it succeeds in painting a promising and authentic picture of the Bay Area music scene. In one of those “rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated” moments, OIM Vol. 1 flaunts a very well-produced and inspired mix of local bands, that flashes the potential of the indie rock scene from both sides of the Bay. 

The comp officially comes out on June 23, but a few tracks have already been released, including Waterstrider’s, “Frayed,” with a spellbinding video that recently premiered on Noisey, ”Right Talk” from SF’s delightful folk-poppers French Cassettes and a trip to space in Yassou Benedict’s “Youngblood.”  But today, the focus is on Emily Afton and our premiere of her track “Words From Your Tongue”:

A standout on the comp from the moment it graced our ears, "Words From Your Tongue" comes equipped with a warm hook and the layered vocals that make for an addicting pop jam. Afton’s voice ranges masterfully, much like the song’s rhythms and the conclusive build-up, (complete with a sinful trumpet) makes your body tingle with energy. Where her early work (as Emily Moldy) was more subdued and folky, Afton has now fully embraced a big and fully-formed electro-pop sound that still incorporates some of her more organic roots.

Emily has an album due out this fall, but you can see her at the OIM Leo’s Residency on June 4. The Leo’s Residency goes on for the next two Thursdays and if you’re one of the first 50 people through the door, you’ll get an advance copy of the whole comp on tape (dust off your boomboxes y’all!.) Peep all the tracks on the comp as they keep leaking here and check the full Leo’s Residency schedule below:

OIM Records Residency at Leo's:

5/21 - Foxtails Brigade, Whiskerman, + Perhapsy
5/28 - Waterstrider, + Guy Fox + Nyx
6/4 - Emily Afton, Yassou Benedict, + El Elle
$12 DOS / $8 ADV
Doors 8pm, Show 9pm 18+
Leo's 5447 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA

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