Los Angeles, CA
No Swoon is Tasha Abbott and Zack Nestel-Patt. Simultaneously haunting and tranquil, the Los Angeles' duo’s self-titled debut LP (out on Substitute Scene Records) sounds like what Sweet Static calls a band performing at a DIY venue in the Twilight Zone. They open with startling admissions as Abbott confesses “I don’t know what’s my own, I don’t know what’s controlled.” Her confusion is warranted given what feels like everyone’s current mental state —increasingly critical, and frustrated with everything from misogyny to global power imbalance. Abbott’s distorted guitars and hypnotic vocals, cradled by Nestel-Patt’s lulling synths, are the musical equivalent of a fever dream recalled with surprising sharpness. No Swoon’s previous effort, 2018’s EP 1, was written near Los Angeles where Abbott went back to her geographic and musical roots, driving around the ‘burbs listening to everything from Bauhaus and New Order that her mom played in the car when she was little, to the indie- and punk-rock of her teen years (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The White Stripes). The result was a mesmerizing trio of songs that Podcart called “a prismatic wonder…that will have you hitting repeat.” No Swoon is currently working on their sophomore album.