Playlist: I’ll See You On the Road

By Sam Hsu

I’m pretty sure you know the feeling you get when you listen to a few specific songs during specific events, and a few weeks later, you listen to those songs again, and they magically transport you back to those events. The following songs encompass all of the feelings I felt on my month-long trip to Taipei, Hong Kong, and Shanghai this past January. These songs tell my stories of a friend from Taipei named Pierre, 14-hour plane rides, and being in places that are both familiar and unfamiliar all at the same time. They’re also the songs I cry to and write to when I decide I want to drown in nostalgia. Welcome to my brain.

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Photoset: An Ode To Summer Music

By Sam Hsu

As somebody who has never been to a music festival in the dead of summer, I can’t even begin to imagine what it feels like to dance my heart out in the middle of the desert. However, what I can imagine is being on a road trip in August with a handful of friends on a foggy 90-degree day, safe from heatstroke in the car with the AC on all the way. Oh, and with the sunset just in front of us – you know, like when the sky turns that perfect shade of pink, red, and orange? Or a few hours later, when it’s dark out, the stars are all out full on display, and the wind gets cold? There are songs out there that remind me of those exact moments. The music you listen to in the summer seems to stick with you a million times more than any other time of the year, but none of us have the exact same feeling when we listen to it. That was my main inspiration for this shoot. Songs like “Dragging Your Feet In The Mud” and “From A Tire Swing” by Lydia… It’s impossible to put into images or words what your exact feelings are, but here’s my take.

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Feature: Psychic Wave

By Sam Hsu and Psychic Wave

Since the inception of Sonic Blume, we’ve had the pleasure of working with California-based psych rock band, Psychic Wave. We’ve premiered their music video for the killer song, “Fight Back”, and Drew (P. W.’s lead singer) has created some amazing work for us too! All in all, we’re mad inspired by their vibey, psychedelic music and love having them onboard- from creating not only music, but also visual art including a clothing line, they’re total creative masterminds- and we think you should be too. Without further adieu, here’s Sonic Blume and Psychic Wave’s very first collaboration, featuring photos and an interview by the talented Sam Hsu.

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