Mauno is a two piece (with help) who will be releasing an LP of their delightfully weird pop tunes at the beginning of August. From that release, they’ve just dropped “Vampire,” which is a lovely and light indie rock tune. What I love the most about this tune is the vocal delivery. Nick Everett has a melancholic, lukewarm voice, which is sweetened by Eliza Niemi’s addition during the choruses. The building, but still soft percussion and guitars are equally as compelling, and I’ve been back to listen to this track about 10 times.If you dig the track below, you should definitely check out this video of Eliza Niemi and Nick Everett attempting to sing along with this track whilst on the last 3 minutes of an hour long ride on a stationary bike. They keep it together pretty well! Pre-order Really Well here before it’s out August 2. Oh, and lucky for you here in Austin, they’re playing Cheer Ups on July 2!
Everyone’s favorite weirdo bad boy, Alex Cameron, has just dropped a new video and shared the news of his forthcoming LP. “Divorce” is a pop leaning tune from the crooner that’s, of course, not devoid of the strange and in depth lyricism that we’ve come to know from the gentleman. Sonically, you get a bouncy anthemic tune, with the ever-positive refrain of Cameron singing “All you gotta do is say it: divorce, divorce, divorce.” This borderline bitter sentiment is juxtaposed nicely in the brightness of the piano and pop structure of the song. But the sounds of it, it seems like we should all be in great anticipation for Cameron’s upcoming album, Miami Memory, which will be out on 9/13. Pre-order it here.
The boys are back in town! Shivery Shakes announced their upcoming LP, Weird Weather, a few weeks back, but today, they’ve finally shared a track for our listening pleasure. This hometown four piece has been wowing us with their weirdo brand of surf pop tunes for a while, releasing their debut LP Three Waves & A Shake way back in 2014. Since then they’ve been quiet, but begin their triumphant return, ironically, with “No Return.” Impossibly tight knit beachy guitar riffs crash and collide with shimmery percussion, grounding bass lines and Will Glosup’s fuzzy vocals. The result is a track that’s perfect for the summer; listening to this song, you feel the need to get in your car, roll down the windows, pull on your shades and start driving to the beach or any body of water.
Weird Weather will be out sometime late September on our very own ATH Records. Word on the street is that this will be the pop album of the year. Take a listen to the perfect summer jam below and get stoked.
A few months back, I was delightfully introduced to the warm indie rock of LA’s Fell Runner. They’ve put out another single from their upcoming album, Talking, which will be out quite soon. “Same Way” has that similar sort of funky sound that we heard on “Come Home,” but this number has a building energy from the start. Choppy light noises welcome you to the track before the warm vocals cover over everything in a Future Islands-ish croon. The track builds up before it breaks at a chorus, but it’s not a typical soaring indie rock chorus, instead it’s a tempered release before back to the galloping verses. A solid single, making me even more excited for Talking, which you can pre-order here — it’s out today!
We’ve long been fans of Generationals here at ATH, so I’m excited to share that they’re back with a new single and a new album which will be released shortly. This new track, “Breaking Your Silence” dropped a few days back, but it’s a pleasant reminder of how well Generationals can craft an indie rock tune. The very beginning of the number reminds me a touch of Foals, but soon the band stews up a simmering blend of groovy bass, slightly fuzzy percussion and barely there synths. Lingering there for the first minute or so, we calmly groove with the band before the loud synth hook and vocals peak for the catchy chorus. Take a peek at the new video below.
Reader As Detective will be out on July 19, 2019. Pre-order it here.
When you press play on this track from Sir Woman, fellow Austinites, or any fans of Wild Child, will immediately recognize the vocals of Kelsey Wilson. Instrumentally, there’s a bit of a different vibe than the quaint folk tunes of Wild Child–the mix is mad funky; bouncy piano, horns, groovy bass line, laid back percussion and, of course, Wilson’s ever-smooth vocals. The chorus is catchy and capitalizes on Wilson’s vocal range, serving as the icing on the cake, and making you excited to hear more for this new solo project. Check out “HIGHROAD” below.
Sanctuary Lakes is the new project of Tim Hoey (Cut Copy) and Andrew Szekeres (Midnight Juggernauts). Their debut album under this name apparently came together internationally, as Hoey in Brooklyn sent some early sketches to Szekeres in Melbourne, and Sanctuary Lakes came together by working on the tracks back and forth. You can acquaint yourself with the result of this collaboration on “The Long Fade Away,” which is a quiet bedroom/ dream pop tune that’s mirrored by the desolation presented in the desert landscape of the video. The track is subtle but evocative–synth and vocals wash over you in gentle waves. Take a peek below and get stoked for the release of their self titled debut LP, which will be out on June 21 via Cutters Records.
Austin City Limits Music Festival 2019 will be going down on October 4-6 and 11-13, and though we got the initial lineup announcement, those of you looking to catch just a few acts can rejoice, as they’ve dropped the Day-By-Day Lineup and single day tickets are on sale now. By the looks of it, it may be a pretty split for those looking to catch similar acts. Friday of both weekends seems to be for the bros of rock and roll with Guns N’ Roses, The Raconteurs and Tame Impala. Saturday is for the feels with Childish Gambino, The Cure and Billie Eilish. Sunday looks to round it out with some dancing/general baddassery from Cardi B (Weekend 1), Robyn (Weekend 2) and Lizzo (Weekend 2). Are you going a full weekend or just picking a day? Whichever you pick, choose quickly and scoop those tickets before they sell out!
Maybe it’s the impending oppressive summer heat that’s about to hit us this weekend here in Austin or my general mood, but this track is ticking all the right boxes today. runnner is an LA based outfit, led by front man Noah Weinman, who are making the kind of calming cerebral folk tunes perfect for quiet moments in the day. This song, “Sublet,” is a charming and brief tune about moving to a new place and all the emotions that come along with that. At first you think you’re listening to a simple tune, but around the minute mark the banjo and saxophones chime in and the track really soars. All the riffs combine with Weinman’s vocals to create an elegant slice of bedroom folk that begs repeated listening. This track is taken from the band’s EP, Fan On, which is out today. Go take a listen to the full thing here.
Lachlan Denton is nearing the release of his upcoming LP, A Brother, which is a tribute to his lost brother, Zac, of The Ocean Party. From that record, he’s released the video for the track, “The Time We Had,” which is a beautiful and twinkling soft rock tune that looks back on lost time with fondness. It’s ultimately a track about holding a memory strongly in your heart and using that memory as fuel to press on in your day to day life. Denton sings “The time we had is worth more than anything / Far greater than its length / And for that it’s you I thank.” This track is a powerful one, layers of meandering guitars, delicate synth swells, soft percussion and poignant and wistful lyrics. Take a listen and then pre-order A Brother here before it’s out on July 2.