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New Video: KUNZITE Follows the Girlswirl Crew in Venice Beach for Summery Visual for “FROSTY”

KUNZITE — RATATTAT’s Mike Stroud and Hawaii and Oregon-based Agustin White — can trace their origins to the fact that the individual members’ various movements have found them occasionally crossing each other paths yet consistently admiring each other’s work: While stroud was busy touring with RATATAT, White went on a spiritual journey exploring yoga, meditation and psychedelics. But throughout their friendship the duo were looking to do something together. Interestingly, the formation of KUNTIZE allowed Stroud and White the ability to merge their minds and missions with a sound that blends psychedelia with beat-heavy electronic production and live instrumentation.

The duo’s debut effort, 2018’s Birds Don’t Fly was written and recorded mostly through email. But their forthcoming sophomore album VISUALS, which will be released through Lowly/Wilder Records reportedly finds the duo writing and recording material together — in the same space. Throughout the recording process, the duo came to realize that their best vocals are when their voices from together in the atmosphere and meet in harmony. So far, the duo have released two singles from their forthcoming sophomore album — “SATURN” AND “NOVAS” but the album’s third and latest single “FROSTY” sees the duo changing things up a bit, with Stroud taking up lead vocal duties on a feel good, summery jam centered around a trippy and cosmic groove featuring an easy-going bass line, shimmering synths and Stroud’s laid back vocals.

Directed by Priest Fontaine Batten, the recently released video for “FROSTY” was filmed in sunny and beautiful Venice Beach, CA and features the all-female identifying surfing and skating crew GIRLSWIRL boldly doing their thing as the confident, give no fucks badasses that they are. “It’s about grabbing your board or wheels and just having fun,” KUNZITE’s Agustin White says in press notes. “All of the athletes featured in the video were super supportive and encouraging of one another. You see their different skills on display throughout the video, including roller skaters, who have made such a big comeback over the last few years, for Black Culture, it’s always been there. The roots of roller skating lie within the Black community and we wanted to honor that.”

Little Galaxies is an up-and-coming Venice Beach, CA indie rock quartet, currently comprised of founding members Jeanna Fournier (vocals, guitar) and Amir Eshraghi (guitar, theremin) along with Andreas Kvinge Sandes (bass) and Christian Johnson (drums), and the band can trace its origins to when Fournier and Eshraghi met and fell inn love. With the release of their full-length debut 2013’s Patterns, the quartet quickly established a textured sound that draws from psych rock, pop, folk and soul. 

The Venice Beach indie quartet has received praise across a number of renowned sites across the blogosphere including Earmilk, Buzzbands LA , The Bay Bridged and print publications like OC Weekly, and The Deli Magazine; in fact, the band won The Deli Magazine‘s Emerging Los Angeles Artist of the Year Award, which led to a feature in that publication’s SXSW print edition. Building upon a growing profile. the band also won KSCR‘s Best Music Video and Best Feel Good Video award for “Tonight.” Building upon a growing regional and national profile, the band has played shows and festivals across Southern California, toured up and down the West Coast, eventually making their way as far east to Austin, TX. Most recently, the band was commissioned by the Mayor of Salton Sea’s West Shores to compose the closing song for the documentary SOS: The Salton Sea Walk.

After a three year hiatus in which Fournier recovered from incurring injuries in a car accident, the band returned the stage last year with shows at the Townhouse, The Satellite, The Viper Room and others with those shows featured the band’s new rhythm section — Johnson (drums) and Sandnes (bass), both of whom have been instrumental in the band further expanding upon the sound that won them attention. 

Little Galaxies are currently working on the finishing touches on their forthcoming sophomore full-length album, and the album’s first official single “It’s Natural” is centered around towering layers of shimmering guitars fed through delay and other effects pedals, a regal horn arrangement, a propulsive rhythm section and Fournier’s sultry and languid vocals. And while bearing an uncanny resemblance to JOVM mainstay Oddneese, the song as the band explains in press notes, “is about letting nature take its course when thing are out of our control and in dire circumstances, allowing oneself to become enlightened through these experiences. We wrote the song during the band’s hiatus while our singer was healing from injuries from a car accident. After watching our world collapse around us, we learned that we have the power to shift our perspectives and look at these pitfalls in a positive light. We took three years to rebuild what we had lost, and now see that this experience helped us to grow and come back stronger. This song is a call to embrace the natural ebb and flow of life and find the ‘diamonds in despair.'”