Ever since the release of Vampire Weekend’s self-titled album there has been a seeming void (and demand) for a sunny (indie) album imbued with the same Paul Simon inspired African guitars and rhythms. Meet Trails and Ways. Like the aforementioned Columbia grads, Trails and Way is comprised of four college friends from UC Berkeley freshly embarking from a nudist/idealist co-operative house. Talk about “indie.” Their self-described “Bossa Nova pop” features bright infectious melodies and singing in Portuguese, Spanish and English. According to their press release, lead singer KBB was influenced by his time spent in Sao Paulo (presumably studying abroad).
We are very excited by these guys. Their show this Wednesday at Rickshaw Stop with Mac Demarco is sold out, but we’ll be sure to share with you any future performances. (We haven’t been this hooked by a local band since our early days with Geographer.)
Make sure to check their graffiti and hip hop culture inspired video for “Nuanca.”