Episode 74: National Spotlight – Smoke Season
Thanks for tuning in to 210 Local Media podcast, I am your host, Mario Zamarron. We’ve done it. This is a first for the 210 Local Media Podcast, we’re featuring a band that’s not from San Antonio. They’re not even from Texas. This episode, we bring you a National Spotlight band, Smoke Season. The reason we’re doing a whole episode for them, is because they will be at our own Jack’s Patio on Thursday… TOMORROW! They’ll be joining the stage with The Peach Kings and our own local band, Spell 27 at 7pm. Smoke Season’s PR rep Amanda reached out to us to see about getting some more attention for the show. After seeing Smoke Season’s music video for Loose, from their Ouroboros EP, I had to share them. Please check out the bands’ bio in our show notes and on our website, it’s simply too long to read here, but I guarantee it’s worth it. Smoke Season has joined my list of national bands to see, and thanks to Amanda, I’ll be there tomorrow night!
Smoke Season is Gabrielle Wortman and Jason Rosen, an electronic-ethereal duo, that I can only describe as a soulful powerhouse of thumping beats and enthralling harmonies. They reflect a myriad of genres while sounding like the perfect baby of Moby and Tori Amos, but drenched in timeless musicality.
We were given the option to play a couple of songs, or all of them, so we went all-in. However, if you want to experience “Ouroboros”, you should find and “Like” them on FaceBook at www.facebook.com/smokeseason. You can find them everywhere; iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, and on their homepage, www.smokeseason.com. Without further ado, here’s Smoke Season.
“Eerie roots rambles with more ethereal, electronic-pop interludes.” – LA Weekly
“The Black Keys heard through a cloud of marijuana smoke.” – Los Angeles Magazine
“Ethereal western soul” – Free Bike Valet
“A cinematic approach to Americana” – Buzzbands LA
“Simultaneously delicate and ethereal but warm and woodsy” – Salt Lake City Weekly
April 2014 Artist of the Month – Deli Magazine Los Angeles
Smoke Season was formed in early 2013 by Gabrielle Wortman and Jason Rosen. Combining their musical backgrounds, the duo created their own unique take on Americana, infusing folk with electronic undertones and rich vocal harmonies that has been steadily capturing the attention of fans and press since.
Smoke Season catapulted into must-know status during their impressive August residency at Los Angeles' acclaimed venue, the Echoplex. Their performances were hailed in the press by LA Weekly (“Music Pick of the Week”), Los Angeles Magazine, LA Record, Buzzbands LA, Radio Free Silver Lake, Free Bike Valet, Grimy Goods and more.
Their sophomore EP, Hot Coals Cold Souls, released July 29, 2014, has been gaining impressive traction in the press for its powerful mash-up of styles and refinement of their already unique sonic imprint. Described as “pop, rock, electronic, Americana, and folk elements collide in an inspired way” (The Daily Album), the EP “pulls mood-building tricks from country, R&B, dancy indie, chillwave (the intro to “Opaque”) and more” (Independent Clauses).
Smoke Season began in 2013 with a self-produced their debut EP, Signals, and self-directed music video for their first single, Soleil. After being released in March 2013, the Signals EP went on to independently sell thousands of copies and garner critical acclaim. Since then, Smoke Season has been steadily touring, showcasing their music around the country and most notably at Sundance Film Festival 2014, Noise Pop 2015, CMJ 2014, on AXS TV, Bite Size TV, Balcony TV, Afterbuzz TV, and more.
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