Li XiMeet Me Somewhere
by Sean Morris
Opening acts of live shows are often my favorite new music discoveries. San Francisco’s Li Xi played before Emily Wells at Rickshaw Stop last summer, and their infectious future-retro pop immediately prompted me to text “OMG it’s Stereobroadcastlab!” to several friends. With both of those bands on indefinite hiatus, it was wonderful to hear a band filling that void. Surprisingly, Li Xi is much more than another group aping their influences. On Meet Me Somewhere, they brilliantly build upon those legacies by infusing them with California love.
“all these gems beside your window
that you hide away
it’s only a matter of time before you
laugh it all away
you know, there’s still time
hope you try and change your mind”
Like many indie bands in Northern California, Li Xi’s live performances are ostensibly fuzzed out jam sessions. Their electronic inclinations help them stand out, and playing any of these finely crafted songs helps even more. A few of them have been in Li Xi’s repertoire for years, and Monte Vallier (who also produced my favorite discovery of 2013) has done a superb job translating their stage magic to the studio. Meet Me Somewhere is the most accomplished debut album that I have heard this year.
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Zestyverse's resident Music Geek Sean Morris is an SF Bay Area native with a photographic memory and encyclopedic knowledge of popular culture. He is a graduate of UCLA's School of Theater, Film, and Television, a former Los Angeles Slam Team member, part of the collective Art 4 A Democratic Society, and a music blogger for The Owl Mag. Find him on Twitter, SoundCloud, and YouTube.