BY MADDY ROUTON

Photographs by Patrick Gonzalez

This year, Ecochella has the pleasure of introducing you to another extremely talented up-and-coming duo from Los Angeles, the folksy superstars behind Yellow Red Sparks. With soft-spoken charm and their own brand of cinematic folk, Yellow Red Sparks wooed the Ecochella team in an instant, auditioning with a minimalistic set in a tiny concrete room in UCLA's Schoenberg Music Building. Their music has a way of establishing connection, transfixing you while songwriter Joshua Hanson croons his love-sick ballads to the engrossed but energetic strumming of Sara Lynn's upright bass. Their songs are intimate and powerful, captivating in their lyricism. We can't wait for them to grace our stage with their hauntingly beautiful melodies at Sunset Canyon Recreation Center on May 1 at 4:30 pm.

"In an instant, Yellow Red Sparks captivates, pulls us close, and invites us to see the world through the center of their songwriter, Joshua Hanson. He possesses a staggering ability to take seemingly normal circumstances, rewrite them with an honest and wistful beauty, and turn them into vivid scenes as told through a unique brand of cinematic folk. Supported by Sara Lynn (upright bass, vocals), the California-based duo effectively finds a way to take Hanson’s songs of heartache and make us want to fall in loveTheir self-titled debut album was produced by Ted Hutt (Old Crow Medicine Show, Gaslight Anthem, Lucero), mixed by Grammy award winner, Ryan Hewitt (Avett Brothers, Red Hot Chili Peppers), and mastered by multi-Grammy award winner, Brian Lucey (The Shins, Sigur Ros, Black Keys)."

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