Los Angeles-based multi-instrumentalists, producers and siblings Ryan and Joey Selan are the creative masterminds behind the rising indie rock/indie pop outfit The Lagoons. With the release of their debut single “California,” which was written, recorded and produced out of their home studio, the duo quickly established a sound that featured their unique blend of a number of different genres and styles.
Since its release, “California” has amassed over 50 million Spotify streams, appeared in the Netflix series Easy, a BMW ad campaign with Kate Upton, a Seiko Australia ad and featured on product placement in Bose stores globally. The duo quickly followed that up with the Gems EP and Escape EP.
Building upon a growing profile, the Los Angeles-based sibling duo have completed two national headlining tours with Tim Atlas and Future Generations as openers. Interestingly, those two tours have helped the Selan Brothers become a must-see act — thanks in part to a live set that features live looping and electronic elements, a live drummer, and the duo effortlessly switching between instruments.
With the release of their critically applauded, full-length debut, 2020’s Midnight Afternoon, the duo’s growing catalog has received praise from the music cognoscenti while being added to over 100,000 Spotify playlists including New Music Friday, Ultimate Indie, Essential Indie, Hanging Out and Relaxing, Indie Rock Road Trip, The Ones That Got Away, Late Night Vibes and more. NPR has also included the duo in their heavy rotation for “10 Songs Public Radio Can’t Stop Playing,” along with their Song of the Day.
Released last week, The Lagoons’ sophomore album Daybreak is influenced by the state of our world over the couple of years. Thematically, the album touches upon love, resolution, hope and desire on a hero’s journey to look forward, rather than be stuck in the past.
Daybreak‘s latest single, the slow-burning and cinematic “Long Road To Nowhere” sees the duo pairing atmospheric synths, glistening guitars, twinkling keys and achingly plaintive song that sonically brings JOVM mainstays Washed Out, ACES and Cones to mind. And while initially being brooding and melancholic, the song slowly builds up to a positive conclusion — the hope that while things are profoundly difficult, that there’s a light at the end of the proverbial tunnel.