Man I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’m super excited for Thursday and the start of the new look Levitation Festival in Austin. The lineup is absolutely loaded with great music with not a single day, or even hour, lacking of some quality live music. For real, this is a lineup ya’ll. As we typically do with festivals in town, we plan to preview a few things for you to help you better plan for the weekend. Today I am extremely pleased to share with you an expertly crafted Levitation playlist from our old friends A Place to Bury Strangers. The band really nailed it with this one and offered us way more songs than we normally ask for. This could be your definitive playlist for the weekend and should help you discover some new tunes/bands you maybe weren’t expecting to check out. Enjoy the words and playlist after the jump.
Today I am feeling a bit of local love with news of a single drop and upcoming album from ATX based dudes Gamma Dog. The guys just sent over this new track “Designer Love” and I’m finding lots to like about the direction of the sound. It definitely has a Strokes influenced sound with the garage style and quieter, effected vocals. For me, I dig the way it hits pretty heavy when the guitars fade for a second but then come back in with full force. You are sure to listen to this one a few times today and find lots to enjoy.
Gamma Dog will be releasing a new album sometime in early 2020.
It’s been quite a few years since I last mentioned Brooklyn outfit Wilsen. Not sure where I’ve been, but the band just announced a new album today with accompanying new single/video “Ruiner”. It’s a bit of a haunting, broody, dream pop number which will at times offer joy, and then slow things down to soften the mood. I love the slower bits, paired with the more intense, louder moments. Wonderful work.
Wilsen will release new album Rainer on February 21st via Secret City Records. Pre-order
Though you may not know the name, Brisbane based Sir Bobby Jukebox, is definitely a guy you know us or from other music sites. Most of his time has been spent with his ATH approved band No Monster Club, be he’s also spent time with Grand Pocket Orchestra and Paddy Hanna. Basically, the dude is busy. Well now the magical music man is stepping out on his own with his first music as a completely solo musician. He’s offered this song “You Only Dance” as a preview for what he’s been working on and I’m immediately drawn into the catchy as hell beats and fun vibe. Though it clocks in at over 7 minutes, you will be finding yourself sucked in and engaged for the tracks entirety.
I took a liking to Limerick City based Evan O’Malley and his project known as Martian Subculture a few months ago with the release of his single “All Emotions Are Equal”. Since that time, O’Malley has dropped a few other singles in preparation for an entire EP of new material. Today we are pleased to share with you his new EP, Mars, for your streaming pleasure. I find it incredibly impressive that this is largely a one man recording with the many layers and instruments found on each track. At times you’ll find a bit of shoegaze, but also some chillwave, and some splashes of R&B here and there. Basically, the Mars EP has a little bit of something for everyone.
Thirdcurl is a Danish band fronted and creatively run by Gabriel Johnson. His music is certainly electronic pop music with influences being clear homages to bands like LCD Soundsystem, Twin Shadow, and even The Cure. Our first taste of music from this new artist comes from this single “Ordinary Life” which features a melding of all the bands previously mentioned. It’s an epic number of electronic pop focus with catchy beats and expertly timed vocal deliveries.
Prior to the Friday release date of new album Out of Range, New Orleans based Electric Arch has this new single called “Las Ramblas” ready for your listening pleasure. The band, featuring compositions from main main James Marler, features a heavy layered, beat driven style of pop music. As I continue to listen to this song a few times, I’m finding new layers to peel back and discover each and every time. It’s wild man.
Man it’s been a crazy day in Austin, and I’m hoping to end your day of music with us by offering up something a bit more chill and relaxed to ease you into the afternoon. Imagine that, I have this new song called “Write My Name” from Copenhagen based Rasmus Littauer and his project known as School of X. Currently working as the touring drummer for Major Lazor, one can hear a bit of electronica and beat driven pop here. I’m finding it to be quite irresistible.
School of X will release a new EP entitled Destiny on November 15th via Tambourhinoceros.
We’ve obviously got a bunch of new music to share with you today and I’m continuing the trend with this new song called “Green Deal” from London based artist Organised Scum. It’s a hard song for me to classify well into a genre, but I do know that it’s unique and certainly draws me in for repeat listens. At times it sort of reminds me of slacker shoe gaze like Mac Demarco, then I get thrown for a loop with the vocals, and hear more of a Moonface style. Genre or no genre, this one if worth you time.
The band has let me know that they will release this song on a new EP entitled One Less Bastard, which is coming in November.
GURU is a Brighton based band we’ve posted about a few times over the years on ATH and I personally have grown to love their style and sound. Yesterday the band announced not one, but two new songs dropping as a part of a double A-side experience. Both of the songs, “Don’t Talk” and “LTD” can be found for your streaming pleasure below. The first will hit you in the jaw with a fast and raucous pace in a more traditional punk rock style. Then the second will slow things down a little bit, but not too much, for more of an anthemic, epic song adventure. Both are fantastic.