For Fresh & Onlys Guitarist Wymond Miles, Darkness Is the Daily Norm

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Wymond Miles: Wymond Miles' home is haunted. The 35-year-old solo artist and guitarist in pop romantic outfit The Fresh & Onlys moved into the three-story Balboa Park unit in 2007 with his wife, Sarah. In 2009, she gave birth to their son, Julian, inside the home. The living room is mood-lit a pale orange and Miles' new solo album, Cut Yourself Free, spins on the turntable. Suddenly, a clamorous crash from upstairs disrupts the listening session. Miles bounds up toward the noise and returns with a sheepish grin. "Sorry, we have a ghost," he says. "It's okay, though, we know who it is." The phantom apparently sent some window blinds to the floor. "Sarah and I were just up there laughing about it," he says. "It's a significant day for us, so we're not surprised it's acting up." [continue reading]

Latyrx: With the release of The Second Album, Lateef and Lyrics give their sonic sorcery the 2013 update, hurling hot lyrical potatoes over a dubsteppy quiver ("It's Time"), spooning out syllables over Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs doing her best bird-call impression ("Watershed Moment"), and shouting, unhinged and unrepentant, over blazing neon synthesizers ("Gorgeous Spirits (Aye Let's Go!)"). If that all sounds rather diverse and unpredictable, those qualities define The Second Album. Its good parts are good enough to make you wonder about a resurgence in Bay Area independent rap, and with these gifted rappers using productions from tUnE-yArDs, Jel, Amp Live, and others, there are plenty of good parts. The lesser moments arrive when Lateef and Lyrics indulge that contagious Nor-Cal urge to preach about Big Problems (gun violence; rumor/meme culture; "peace, justice, equality") without acknowledging the knots that make them such Big Problems in the first place. [continue reading]

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