Since 2010, Brooklyn-via-Toronto label Orchid Tapes has been releasing albums by young songwriters whose delightfully warm material exudes an intimacy I usually associate with bedroom acts. I don't entirely endorse the use of "bedroom pop" to describe Orchid Tapes' catalog, as the term doesn't speak to some of the musicians' flair for experimentation—take Three Love Songs
, the proper full-length debut by Ricky Eat Acid
(aka Sam Ray), on which Ray samples a cover of Drake's "Take Care" and drops it on a house track that's sandwiched between a couple lovely ambient numbers. Last month Orchid Tapes released Alex G's DSU
, which features plenty of lo-fi pop bizarreness. I'm particularly drawn towards "Axesteel" because Alex G spikes the doleful song with shrieks of guitar feedback that actually sound like a sample of a horror-movie scream. Take a listen to "Axesteel" below, it's today's 12 O'Clock Track
, and download all of DSU from Alex G's Bandcamp
for whatever price you feel like paying.