Kikagaku Moyo

Kikagaku Moyo. Photo by Kentaro.

This Week In PR is a column curated by Victor Valle and Jody Amable, celebrating the press releases that caught our eye but we couldn’t use. Here are some highlights from our inboxes this week.

The Callas’s “Sad Erection”
Because, OMG, how could I not click on a link titled “Sad Erection”? That’s why working from home was invented. —JA

Kikagaku Moyo’s “Kogarashi”
Japanese psych, anyone? If I can get serious for a minute, learning about other countries’ and cultures’ music scenes and watching local trends eventually escape their geographic confines and bleed in others is why I love what I do. Check out Kikagaku Moyo’s “Kogarashi,” which is reminiscent of a good old-fashioned freakout but still maintains a very Japanese sense of order. —JA

Sin Color’s “No Quise” NPR Tiny Desk Video
It’s that time of year where tons of independent musicians from around the world submit their take on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert and get creative — really creative. Amidst an inbox filled with tons of high-quality videos, I ran into Sin Color’s still shot featuring a guy with a white mask sitting on a cajon, a violinist with a masquerade mask, and a luchador cellist. Best part? This song is romantically devastating. The video quality isn’t amazing, the set-up isn’t out of this world, but the song is gorgeous and there’s something about the simplicity of the masks that is both creepy and addicting. The South-L.A. based group really knows how to capture your attention and keep it. —VV

(Honorable mention: This didn’t come to me via PR, but have y’all heard this year’s Tiny Desk Contest winner? So spooky. So good. I can’t stop playing it. —JA)