Really Stoked on Michelles

I spend a lot of time wading through emails day after day, always looking for something that’s probably going to get overlooked, unjustly. This Michelles tune, for instance, is a prime example, filling my ears with great energy, though just enough of something different to keep me interested. It almost holds onto a touch of Britpop, and throughout it twists and turns with these perfect drips of ecstasy. Honestly, one of the reasons I think I’m listening repeatedly is there’s not a lot out there that I can compare this Chicago act to, and in saying that, that says enough. Good and refreshing. Dark as a Daisy, the new LP, will be released later on this year. Sample this tasty treat.

ATX Spotlight: New Desert Culture

Just another day in Austin, with another great song coming out of our fair city…this time by way of Desert Culture. On their latest single, the band seem to have that swinging psychedelia, though I think there’s an element of polish that seeps through. That comes during the chorus, and as that settles, the guitar notes seem to take on a loftier turn that holds onto some Southern swagger while still keeping some pop sensibility within the song. Daniel Vega’s and his band will celebrate this new release with a show tonight at Hotel Vegas…if you’re looking for something to do.

Another New David Bazan Tune

Yep, another day, another hit for Undertow Records. I don’t know what it is, but they have their finger on my record collection at the moment, offering up a new tune from David Bazan. He’s continuing his output with an electronic backbone, using a simplistic loop to create space for his introspective pondering. I like how the tones of the musical notes seem to match the deeper bits of Bazan’s voice, and of course, it’s always great to hear how David looks at the world…especially his world. Care, the title of the new LP, will be released on March 7th, and you better believe I’ll have it in a matter of hours!

Pleased to Meet You: Slow Dancer (SXSW Artist)

I feel like I’ve got a pretty good grasp of what’s going on in the Aussie music scene, but I haven’t heard of the slow jam stylings of Slow Dancer until today. The pop crooner is so new in fact, that he hasn’t quite made it to the States, though that will surely change after announcing he’s signed with ATO Records and has agreed to play at SXSW. His new video displays an understated groove to it, allowing plenty of room for his rhythmic voice to take on the focus. Shout out to one of the female stars in the video for her “Don’t Mess With Texas” t-shirt! Look for a new album from the project come Spring.

Catchy New Bleached Tune

While the Can You Deal EP might have been recorded in a quick spurt, the song’s we’ve heard from the new Bleached EP don’t bare any resemblance of being rushed. For instance, on this latest single, it might be the best bit of sunny guitar pop the ladies have written. While there’s a sugary call in the verses, there’s this distorted moment around the 2 minute mark that’s really emphatic, offering the perfect punch, giving the song the perfect balance. The band’s Jennifer Clavin has even constructed a zine documenting how music will always be the soundtrack to our lives…both zine and EP will be released by Dead Oceans on March 3rd.

New Video from JE Sunde

I first encountered J.E. Sunde through his previous outfit, the Daredevil Christopher Wright, but he looks to have a more careful touch on his new solo outing. The first minuteor so iscarefully introducing the song’s style, with a frolicking percussion and layered strings adding to the strummed guitar work. While the song’s percussive element often feels playful, the track itself has this solemnity to it, aided by the vocals of Sunde. He doesn’t push himself, and the notes just seem to flow from his mouth in a matter-of-fact manner. Now I Feel Adored will be released on March 3rd via Cartouche Records.

Bright New Single From Pearl Crush

Our amigos in Houston who run new label Poison Moon Records pointed me to this new song called “First Blush” from Mandy Kim Clinton’s project Pearl Crush. The song is a bright bit of dream pop complete with shiny vocals and a slick feel throughout the production. All in all, a great tune to carry you through the middle of the week. This track and another entitled “Semiprecious Stone” is out right now on 7″ vinyl. Buy now!

ATX Spotlight: New Ambient Tune from VVV

You’ve always got to keep an eye on what Holodeck Records is doing, as they’re the premier label in Austin when it comes to electronic music. They’re currently working on the release of VVV‘s Why El Paso Sky, and we have this great little drifting piece of ambient electronica for your ears today. It’s the perfect little piece, almost like a blip in a greater soundtrack due to its brevit. It has this unfolding element, settling in the middle into absolute quiet, then moving to the song’s close. It sounds like this release will be a journey through the depths of Shawhin’s cavernous mind; look for the release on March 10th.

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