Rebel Kind: Laurel Canyon 1-sided LP (Life Like, 2013)
Autumn Wetli is in Bad Indians, and her songs tend to be my favorite by that band, so it’s nice to hear her branch out and do a solo project. Recently Rebel Kind has actually been playing as a group featuring members of Swimsuit, but mostly it’s just her solo, and this 1-sided LP just features her singing and playing acoustic guitar, double tracking her voice and using a little reverb, but not overdoing it (not that I can ever get enough reverb). There’s some tambourine, and even an extra electric guitar (distorted on “Mother Nature”, cleaner and kinda twangy on the last 3 songs and bass drum on “Run”, and some delay effects on opener “Wish I Had A Home”, but it’s mostly pretty straightforward otherwise, letting the songs do their thing. Sort of reminds me of the more singer-songwriter end of ’90s indie-pop (Lois Maffeo, Rose Melberg) with a slight bit of a country flavor to it, especially the last few tracks. “Mother Nature” reminds me a little of Kurt Vile (mostly in the way she sings), and I guess there’s a little Mazzy Star in there overall too. “Moonlight” ends with spoken words from a poem by Percy Bysshe Shelley called “To The Moon”. You can listen to the entire album on Bandcamp and purchase the album over at Life Like (and there’s also a cassette version with bonus tracks).