A large portion of the best underground pop releases from last year came from the Bay Area. If the new Sad Eyed Beatniks record is any indication, 2022 is destined to continue that trend.
Sad Eyed Beatniks is the musical project of Kevin Linn, who lives by the three C’s: Cats, Collages and Cassettes. The latter two C’s are an intricate part of Linn’s DIY label Paisley Shirt Records.
If there was any cohesive backstory to his sixth (!) Sad Eyes Beatniks record Claudia’s Ethereal Weaver, it would be Linn’s past year and a half “flipping through old Life and National Geographic magazines, taking long walks through San Francisco.” And sure, Claudia’s Ethereal Weaver seems tailor made for taking strolls. With its lo-fi production and jangly and messy sound, it’s a record full of understated gems that constantly push and pull at your attention strings. It’s also a record decidedly out of time and space, very much its own thing, but with enough pop catchiness to become infatuated.
If I’m not mistaken, thanks to Meritorio Records, Claudia’s Ethereal Weaver is the first Sad Eyed Beatniks record to be released on vinyl. That makes perfect sense, because it’s the best SEB record yet.