Within the LO-FI
line stripes contrast with polka dots, solid colors are interwoven with soft, flat-background shades and digital prints team with laser cuts.
It's quirky lo-fi
folk pop with a bit of electronica thrown in.
Amateur looks at lo-fi
hit videos, such as Fatboy Slim's Praise You, which made stars of its fictitious community dance group, and Weezer's Pork and Beans, that featured ordinary people who had become internet sensations.
If you put together a simple, scuzzy bassline, off kilter drums, yelping vocals and cover it all in some lo-fi
haze you have something resembling a K Records B side.
There seems to be a definite American influence throughout that adds to the relaxed lo-fi
sound that the collective encompass in their music.
Deployed engagement-ring style in a velvet box, the canine Casanova is a miniature Mike Skinner, emulating The Streets' mercurial frontman with lo-fi
folk-garage stylings about man's gratitude for processed meat.
Recorded on Garage Band in his parents' pool house on a lot of weed, Wavves spurred the lo-fi
beach lovers movement.
Better than a kick to the neck, this lo-budget, lo-fi
rag provides the laughs.
The acoustic meandering on Caught By The River ushers in a four-song encore completed by the instantlyrecognisable lo-fi
glow of There Goes The Fear, brought to a brilliant climax by bombastic samba drums.
But it's the gays, who know a thing or two about a plague, who score the highest marks: Rufus Wainwright pays homage to the death of the firstborn with "Katonah," a bluesy elegy in three-quarter time, while Stephin Merritt of the Magnetic Fields gets his Depeche Mode on for "The Meaning of Lice," a lo-fi
synthpop romp of mechanized hand claps, monophonic melodies, and hilarious rhymes.
Using the lo-fi
technique of white chalk, he executes his drawings on the street or directly on building walls, often as a comment on the socio-economic conditions of his surroundings.
On her fourth album, out Tuesday, the British singer-songwriter goes after the familiar lo-fi
aesthetic often marketed as authenticity.