Boardwalk in Lodown

Boardwalk in Lodown

  • August 23, 2013

Boardwalk – A Safe Haven by Renko Heuer for Lowdown Magazine, published August 2013 in issue #87. Lodown is a print magazine which has also just launched an iPad app. Grab it: lodownmagazine.com/ipad

Sometimes the best things arrive in the form of a tiny, thin layer of plastic: Boardwalk from Silverlake have merely put out a single limited edition Flexidisc Stones Throw Records released together with LA Record, but it was easy enough to get us all excited about them. The track's called "I'm to Blame" (of course they are) and it combines everything that's great about hazy, sensual , late-night shoe-gazy dream pop - think early Beach House think softer Broadcast, think Mazzy Star, think that one time you were counting shooting stars on the beach at night. It's like a sonic backrub, like a four minute ride on a water slide, like summer in a photo your parents shot a few decades back. Jesus, it's sexy, like making out in slow motion. In other words, it's pure nostalgia on (thin) plastic. And yet: "We're trying not to live in the past," they claim. Well, they've probably got a great future lying ahead, that's for sure.

Turns out Boardwalk's a duo, at least for now, comprised of a certain Mike Edge and singer Amber Quintero, who, she explains, only met in February 2012 when "Mike came over to my house with a mutual musician friend of ours."

A year and few weeks later, and the first self-titled album is already finished and slated for a fall release on Peanut Butter Wolf's fine label, a great though somewhat unlikely home for them. "The album was actually done before we signed with Stones Throw," she offers. "We simply emailed them through their website. We are now working on the second album," Amber explains, adding that they haven't been working with anyone else apart from occasional guest Mark Noseworthy (Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros), as they "are pretty obsessed with each other at the moment." That we can certainly understand.

Coming back to the line-up, she adds: "Yeah, officially, it's Mike and me. Mark (Noseworthy) is on tour for many months out of the year; but we take advantage of his lead guitar parts whenever he's in LA." Said lead guitar parts are about as important to their seductively haunting sepia sound as her voice, but since main songwriter Mike's apparently a bit of a prodigy who also makes custom gear (whereas Amber makes "organic green smoothies" on the Side), there's probably a lot of understated wizardry at work, so maybe that's what's getting us so hyped right now. If not, the answer might be hidden in their dreams, and in their willingness to share them: "I have recurring dreams of being killed by whales in various ways," Amber says, "Mike sleepwalks."

While we're waiting for more reverb awesomeness to wash over us when the sun sadly disappears for the next eternal winter, the two Beatles lovers who "are not really connected with anyone in the LA scene" because they "rarely leave the house" already have bigger dreams for the future: "To make enough money to buy our own farm where we can write music in the wilderness."

Boardwalk's flexi "I'm do Blame" is now a 45. Their album will be released in October.