I can’t help but fall for the cinematic appeal of Gold Star, especially once you hear this brand new single from Marlon Rabenreither’s project. Honestly, I could see this being the centerpiece of some great Cameron Crowe movie; it pulls at every heartstring from the moment Marlon’s voice comes through the speakers. The simplistic approach of great chords and mild percussion really allows each note to stretch out across the track; and, while it may be simplistic, I don’t feel like there’s too much out there that pulls this sound off. Gold Star will release Big Blue on March 24th via Autumn Tone.
We’re pushing towards the weekend, so you need something energetic to pick up the pace and get you there…especially if you hit the town last night. I’ve written about Vaguess before, and while there first single was an energetic burst of noisy rock, this one has a whole lot more hook to it, though it’s equally as short. I like the fact that they’re mixing up the sounds slightly, which should make Guilt Ring steer clear of falling in the trap of redundancy. The album is being released by Sinderlyn next week, March 3rd to be exact. Bring me those rocking hooks!
When I first heard the guitars on this new Bloomer track, I immediately thought they’d blast off into modern guitar pop, or in the least, offer a sunny gem. Well, the band fooled me, as they actually combine the deep vocal tones to leave you with a casual pop number that rests uniquely in solemn tones. It’s a nice juxtaposition of sound that the group leave you with, letting the track fade out with a high end vocal that gives you another new tidbit to sink your teeth into. The Maryland act is perfect for those of you wishing to sit back and let the world wash over you!
Stick around on this tune passed the first thirty seconds; you’ll be in for a nice little treat. While this new Annabel Allum tune begins with a pretty little serenade, it quickly plugs into the amps, stamps down on the pedal and lets loose. She manages to take her folk traditions into the heavy guitar pop realm. That being said, I really love the chorus, as I feel like the notes hit on “rich backgrounds/rich fucking backgrounds” is a perfect delivery, and I can’t get it out of my head! She’s coming to Austin, and I’m ready to put her on my list of must see acts.
I really love the work of Trouble in Mind Records. What I love the most is the diversity of the label, tossing out rockers like Omni or Rays, then bringing us something softer like this new Doug Tuttle. From the moment you press play, you’re immersed in this wonderful world filled with strings and horn accompaniment. The approach of this song fits perfectly with the album art of Peace Potato, as you can see Tuttle walking into the stars…you should feel as if you’re doing the same when this number reaches your ears. This is a far cry from his work in MMOSS, so look for the new album on May 5th.
I adore the Spook School; I followed them around all of last SXSW, caught them at least 7 times. Today we continue our coverage by catching up with the band before they cross the Atlantic and make their way back into our hearts. Jump on and get a little introduction to the band, and be sure to guide them to the Vegan hotspots in Austin. Be sure to stream the gem from Continental Drift hanging at the end, featuring some of the best indiepop on any continent. Read more
You’ve heard it many times, we love the Ocean Party. So much so, that we helped release their Light Weight LP a few years back. The band returns to the US, and with them, they bring a new collection of perfect pop in the tape format…courtesy of Emotional Response. These 9 tracks are the perfect introduction to the group’s casual pop appeal, in case they haven’t hit your radar just yet; some of the tracks are more developed, while others are just brief ditties. If you visit the purchase link below, you can see the tour dates, which, luckily, feature a great Austin date at Cheer Up Charlies next Tuesday! Pretty sure you’ll love the track “Surat” by the way, as its my favorite this morning.
I always love to mix up my musical tastes, and I’m assuming you’re looking to do the same. If that’s the case, then why not listen to this ballad from Bella Union‘s new signing, Will Stratton. At first, the careful picking of the guitar won me over, but in moving forward, there’s a really careful buzz emanating from the way the strings are plucked; its one of my favorite bits of recorded music.Look for Rosewood Almanac to hit stores on May 12th…hopefully including more great balladry.
If you’re reading this blog, note that this is the 3rd time we’ve featured Lunch Ladies in our coverage, and it’s pretty deserved. There’s an airy quality to this track, with just a hint of jangling guitars that fit nicely into the realm of indiepop. However, the band straddle that sound with a more nostalgic dream pop leaning…so I can check off two of my musical obsessions. There’s a special vocal performance right around the two minute mark that I particularly enjoyed. Good Eye Records will release Down on Sunset Strip on March 10th.
It looks like I’ll have my electronic dancing shoes on a lot this week, hitting up my second electronically influenced show tonight at 3Ten. Why? Well, for starters, Moving Units will be playing a set filled with Joy Division tunes (and an original set too); you never get tired of hearing those tracks, no matter who plays them (as long as they do it well). But, an even bigger highlight for me is that Soviet is kicking the night off. I remember catching the band a long time ago at SXSW, and played the song I’ve got below for every friend that came into my life; I always tried to turn them onto the great dance tunes. Doors are at 8 PM, and you can maybe grab tickets and dancing shoes right HERE.