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L.A. Unheard: Oregon Bike Trails ride to the beach [Updated]

July 27, 2011 |  5:02 pm


The band: Oregon Bike Trails, the solo project of Santa Monica singer-songwriter Zach Yudin.

The sound: Oregon Bike Trails draw largely on Panda Bear-style submerged vocals, vintage samples and structural repetition, placing these tools in the service of bedroom Beach Boys odes instead of the Animal Collective member’s experimental, patience-trying efforts. The result? Singles such as the piano-centric “A Summer Thing” and mallet percussion showcase “Deep Sea Diver” spin like carousels of melody, populated by lazy mornings and girls with “messed-up hair.”

The random: Jimmy Buffett might not help his cred with the Pitchfork set, but Yudin is a staunch self-described “Parrot-head.”

The details: The band plays the Satellite on Wednesday. Oregon Bike Trails’ “High School Lover” cassette single is out now on Chill Mega Chill Records and digitally via Bandcamp; expect an EP or album later this year. Update: A Satellite representative tells us that Oregon Bike Trails have been replaced on tonight's bill by L.A. act Sleeping Bags.

The music: Listen to “Deep Sea Diver” below.


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-- David Greenwald

Photo: Oregon Bike Trails frontman Zach Yudin, courtesy of the band.