Posts Tagged ‘Pacific Air’

April 18, 2018
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We’ve told the story countless times now, having shared so many of Mating Ritual’s songs over the past year or two. But let’s take a trip down memory lane anyway. Ryan Marshall Lawhon began the current project after he ended his last one, Pacific Air, with his brother. And we were sad when it happened… Very sad. But then Mating Ritual came along, and we fell in love again, and now all we can do is thank the stars that Lawhon has continued down this enthralling path. Plus, since the last time we’ve featured Mating Ritual, Lawhon has reunited with his brother, making this the very same duo that enamored us back in those Pacific Air days! Right now, Mating Ritual is preparing to release their second album Light Myself On Fire. Its title track is a jaunty, peppy prancer with contagious oh-ohs, Future Islands-like waggish synths, and a whole lot of scratchy vocal vigor. Light Myself On Fire is the third track Mating Ritual has unveiled from the new 9-track album which will arrive on May 4th via the band’s own label Smooth Jaws. Catch them on tour with Penguin Prison this spring. They’ll close out the tour in San Francisco on June 23rd at Brick + Mortar. For more details, visit their website, here.

December 15, 2016
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IHM has been a devout follower of Mating Ritual ever since the project arose out of the ashes of beloved duo Pacific Air over two long years ago. Needless to say, news of a debut album is cause for celebration. “How You Gonna Stop It?” will arrive as two six-track volumes in 2017, and we get to hear its vibrant title track right now. “How You Gonna Stop It?” is restlessly lively, a bright and colorful burst of lofty alt pop. It’s been obvious to us for a long time now that nothing’s going to stop Mating Ritual. It’s going to be a sweet 2017 soundtracked by Ryan Marshall Lawhon’s exuberant tunes. 

July 14, 2016
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Almost exactly a year ago, Sir Sly member and California based producer RAEKO united with Mating Ritual (one half of now defunct Pacific Air) to give us Everybody Knows. The satiny enchanting song was so pleasing good that the two have decided to partner up on a new song. This time they’ve given us a synth pumping, luscious pulsating beauty named Need 2 Know. If Sir Sly or The Neighborhood went 80′s dance pop and Kavinsky meets FMLYBND glam electro on us it would sound like this blistering hot jam. Raeko tags the song “JAZZERCISE” on Soundcloud, and though I can’t quite fathom the true reasoning behind this choice of descriptor, I surmise it has something to do with how sexy and swanky Need 2 Know is, and how badly I need to get up and dance around my room right now.

March 13, 2015
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I’ll admit, I’m still hurting a bit from the disbanding of Pacific Air (previously KO KO), but that pain has been much numbed over the past months by Mating Ritual’s songs. The project rose out of the ashes of Pacific Air, crafted by its lead singer, and proceeded to win my heart and thrill my ears with vibrant synthpop songs. New single Hum Hum is another spirited tune, perhaps Mating Ritual’s most boisterous and robust one yet, mixing the aforementioned synthpop qualities with a thrilling, anthemic electrorock vitality and some throwback new wave flavor. You’ll find yourself carried away by the bursting song’s hooking chorus and its wall of potent sound. I detect some grandiose The Black Keys in this song, something that I certainly never noticed in Mating Ritual’s prior songs.

November 18, 2014
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After falling in love with Toxins, I was quite excited to hear Mating Ritual’s next new song, Moonlight. Surprisingly, Moonlight is much more experimental, and even psychedelic, compared to the vibrant indie pop quality of infectious Toxins. There’s a Sir Sly and The Neighbourhood like grittiness to the moodier song. As mentioned many times before, Mating Ritual is the new project formed out of the ashes of now defunct Pacific Air (aka KO KO), and though I’ve been quite sad about Pacific Air’s departure, I’ve been very happy in regards to Mating Ritual’s arrival. While we’re here, let’s listen to dazzling, radiant Toxins again below.

November 18, 2014
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After falling in love with Toxins, I was quite excited to hear Mating Ritual’s next new song, Moonlight. Surprisingly, Moonlight is much more experimental, and even psychedelic, compared to the vibrant indie pop quality of infectious Toxins. There’s a Sir Sly and The Neighbourhood like grittiness to the moodier song. As mentioned many times before, Mating Ritual is the new project formed out of the ashes of now defunct Pacific Air (aka KO KO), and though I’ve been quite sad about Pacific Air’s departure, I’ve been very happy in regards to Mating Ritual’s arrival. While we’re here, let’s listen to dazzling, radiant Toxins again below.

November 7, 2014
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A month ago, I was sad to learn that Los Angeles indie pop band Pacific Air, who released superb debut album Stop Talking in 2013, were to be no more. The band once known as KO KO had given us such endearing songs. The silver lining to the news came in the form of a new project, Mating Ritual, created by Pacific Air’s lead singer. The first tastes he gave us, including this glistening, radiant synthpop song Toxins, made everything better again. Today, we get to watch a new video for Toxins, which will be on Mating Ritual’s upcoming EP, “Suck It, Nerds”.

November 7, 2014
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A month ago, I was sad to learn that Los Angeles indie pop band Pacific Air, who released superb debut album Stop Talking in 2013, were to be no more. The band once known as KO KO had given us such endearing songs. The silver lining to the news came in the form of a new project, Mating Ritual, created by Pacific Air’s lead singer. The first tastes he gave us, including this glistening, radiant synthpop song Toxins, made everything better again. Today, we get to watch a new video for Toxins, which will be on Mating Ritual’s upcoming EP, “Suck It, Nerds”.

September 18, 2014
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Sad, sad news today. Los Angeles indie pop band Pacific Air, an oft featured act on IHM and once known as KO KO, officially announced that they are no more. I really loved catching them live in the past, and their 2013 debut album Stop Talking was certainly underrated and overlooked by many. I, for one, really enjoyed it. There is a consoling light at the end of the tunnel, though. Lead singer Ryan Marshall Lawhon has embarked on a solo act, named Mating Ritual, and both of the tunes he’s premiered from the project are fabulous. Stream Toxins, above, a song that greatly reminds me of Pacific Air’s style with its summery, synthy lushness and hooking melody. Then, stream Game below, which is more of an atmospheric brooder and incredibly beautiful, too. I don’t want to say goodbye to Pacific Air, but I can’t deny how delighted I am to welcome Mating Ritual.

September 18, 2014
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Sad, sad news today. Los Angeles indie pop band Pacific Air, an oft featured act on IHM and once known as KO KO, officially announced that they are no more. I really loved catching them live in the past, and their 2013 debut album Stop Talking was certainly underrated and overlooked by many. I, for one, really enjoyed it. There is a consoling light at the end of the tunnel, though. Lead singer Ryan Marshall Lawhon has embarked on a solo act, named Mating Ritual, and both of the tunes he’s premiered from the project are fabulous. Stream Toxins, above, a song that greatly reminds me of Pacific Air’s style with its summery, synthy lushness and hooking melody. Then, stream Game below, which is more of an atmospheric brooder and incredibly beautiful, too. I don’t want to say goodbye to Pacific Air, but I can’t deny how delighted I am to welcome Mating Ritual.