The IT Department – v2.2
Since we played catch-up in the previous IT post, here is a collection of new tunes for you to ponder. I am throwing out a favorite from Mint Julep, the latest from Bear In Heaven, smoothness with oOoOO, School of Seven Bells minus a twin and an atmospheric closer from Blondes.
Click past the break and you might get rewarded with cheese.
Mint Julep are a husband and wife duo, Boston to Portland transplants, delivering sensible perfection. The last track from Keith and Hollie Kenniff’s latest release, Save Your Season, is a best for last scenario. Waved-synth open, backed by melting vocals, I cannot begin to convey how much I dig this tune right now.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Mint-Julep-Why-Dont-We.mp3]
Our boys from Brooklyn have a bit of a sense of humor when it comes to the intarwebs. Bear In Heaven have been streaming their new album since mid-December. Only catch is it is only playing once over the four months, very slowly, until the 4/3/12 release date. Funny. |||SxSW content warning||| They will be here in March.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Bear-in-Heaven-The-Reflection-of-You.mp3]
Heads up, new track dropping here. We are told the pending release, Our Loving is Hurting Us, from oOoOO is multi-market baby with roots in San Francisco, Berlin and New York. I don’t know if you can hear it in this track co-penned with Butterclock, but this is diggable. If someone in Frisco is reading, 2/22 @ Rickshaw with Grimes, just go.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/oOoOO-No-Way-Back.mp3]
SVIIB is back with Ghostory. I sincerely hope this track is a hint and not the pinnacle of the album, because I want a lot out of the band. you see, only one of the Deheza twins remains in the band, so I guess Ben and Alejandra are going to favor the new material on tour without Claudia for backing vocals. Developing…[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/School-of-Seven-Bells-Lafaye.mp3]
Sam Haar and Zach Steinman make up the duo Blondes. The self-titled release is allegedly due out 2/7/12, but we’ll see about the extent of distro. Many of you may know that I like to go out of IT Dept. posts with mellower tunes batting clean-up. Fans of Tycho, Walls and Ulrich Schnauss will be pleased.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Blondes-Wine.mp3]
As a little treat, here is the oOoOO track…
Download: oOoOO – No Way Back [MP3]