Local electro-funk outfit Velella Velella is putting on a show at the Crocodile tonight, but they are far from the only act on the bill that deserves your attention. For one, you should catch blunted sound designer OCnotes (pick up his amazing new-ish Moldavite album at his Bandcamp page) work his magic, but perhaps the most intriguing name on the bill is the new jazz-influenced, mood-pop quartet Screens. The West Seattle group has a pair of songs available to stream on their Ocean Tone page which move from trippy electronic-tinged soft rock ("Netherlandia") to the shady side of bossanova ("Maia"); effectively conjuring both The XX and Astrud Gilberto.
I was drawn to Screens initially because the group features dynamic Afrocop bassist Carlos Tulloss on guitar and bass, and when I checked them out, I found that the instrumentation as a whole was on that same elevated plane, and the songwriting was imaginative and sophisticated while retaining a distinct pop aesthetic. Listen to "Netherlandia" and "Maia" here, then hit the Croc tonight to see what other delicious ideas they've been brewing.