Man, it looks like a solid year for Kanine Records, especially as they announce the release of the new album from Young Prisms. The Cali band’s In Between, their sophomore release, will hit stores on March 27th. One listen to the first single from this track, you’ll pretty much see where the “Floating in Blue” title comes in to play. It opens with a nice bit of haze, then enter a light bit of female vocals to hold the song together. Beneath all that, the guitars tie in a bit of melancholy, offering listeners a superb track they can play over and over again. Go on, press play. And again.
Download:Young Prisms – Floating in Blue [MP3]
One of the records that I thought a lot of people overlooked was The Mistress by Yellow Ostrich, which was later deservedly reissued. Finally, the band returns with Strange Land, which will hit stores on March 6th via Barsuk. This first new glimpse finds the band confident as ever, offering up a nice piece of indie rock with crashing cymbals and clever bits of guitar chords swirling about. It harkens back to a more straight-forward approach to songwriting, free of gimmicks for the most part, instead focusing on lyrical content that requires a great deal of your attention. It’s always a pleasure to see this sort of music resurface in the greater landscape; don’t you agree?
Download:Yellow Ostrich – Marathon Runner [MP3]
When I found this gem in my inbox, I tried to look up some info, as the hooks made it nearly impossible to ignore this group. In truth, there is little information on Alpaca Sports at the moment, other than that it’s a solo project of Andreas Jonsson of Sweden, filling out his sound with the help of friends. One thing is for sure, the Internet seems pleased with this tune, as its popped up in various places aside from ours. This single is extra playful, reminding me of recent tracks by Hospitality. If this track doesn’t get your toe tapping or put a smile on your face, please consult your doctor immediately.
Download:Alpaca Sports – Just for fun [MP3]
Those of you who’ve been fortunate enough to follow Lucero over the years surely know how great of a songwriter Ben Nichols can be, and with his group filling in the empty spaces, they always craft great songs. Ben’s voice always provides a bit of scratchiness to your listening experience, giving a nice little twist to typical Americana. You’ll find just such treasures on the group’s new album Women and Work, which comes out on March 13th via ATO Records. This new single is about as mellow as the band gets, with bits of twang, horns and slide guitar being utilized to create a strong backbone for another great Lucero track.
Download:Lucero – Sometimes [MP3]
Over here at ATH we’ve been raving about Tiger Waves for some time, but we hadn’t seen the young band in the live setting just yet. So, we jumped at the chance to catch the boys over at Frank, along with a few other local Austin acts, Milk Thistle and Gentleman Rogues.
Read on for our thoughts.
It’s been a busy few years for XRay Eyeballs, the project of several members of Golden Triangle; they released a full-length, a 7″, and now they’re back with a new album titled Splendor Squalor. Their new effort will come out on February 28th via Kanine Records, and you know we’ll be supporting this group. If you’re looking to make a musical connection, think of The Kills with a mid-70s Max’s Kansas City vibe to it; it’s fueled by bits of garage rock with hints of sexuality tied into it. These guys always make for a great listen, so get on it now.
Download:Xray Eyeballs – X [MP3]
Those of you looking for something to fulfill your folk/americana niche this week definitely need to look into Lost Lander, the project of Matt Sheehy. He’s just released his debut for the project, DRRT, this week, and I’ve definitely got some room on my daily playlist for this album. There’s definitely a rising moment in this song, as the strummed guitar builds to an eruption of lush orchestration featuring various string instruments; it all crashes into a steady drumbeat, creating an emotionally beautiful moment within the song…and then it even has a bit of a breakdown. This isn’t your run-of-the-mill folk number, so lose yourself in this jam.
Download:Lost Lander – Afraid of Summer [MP3]
In the midst of everything out there, you gotta look hard to find catchy gems like this new number from the Maxines. The Olympia duo are releasing their Drugstore EP on the eclectic K Records next week, and while it may be a bit short in length it definitely packs a nice little punch for your ears. For a band with only two members, there’s definitely a loud sound coming out, harkening back to the bratty riot-girl efforts from back in the day. The EP also features guitarist Matt Maurillo on vocals, so be sure to pick this one up when it hits your stores next week.
Download:The Maxines – Hang Around [MP3]
What do you get when you combine bits of Deer Tick, Black Lips and a handful of other songwriters? One listen to the latest single by Diamond Rugs and you’ll see that it’s clearly a country-tinged rock effort. The band’s a collaboration, and they’ll be releasing their self-titled album on April 24th via Partisan Records. It’s primarily the work of John McCauley of Deer Tick, but there’s definitely a visible edge being added by the other members, so you’re sure to see a heavier touch on the full-length–you can even feel it a bit in this track. Seems like it could be pretty solid through and through.
Download:Diamond Rugs – Gimme a Beer [MP3]
When talking to the Terry Malts earlier this year, I was really sad to hear that their other project Magic Bullets was pretty much closed, possibly for good. Still, the band is going to release one final EP on Mon Amie Records on April 3rd, and I’m pretty pleased with the final result; it’s titled Much Ado About. For their faster paced current workings, you’ll find a cleaner sheen on the Magic Bullets front, possibly even one that gets you swaying from side to side with your arms flying through the air. If you haven’t checked out the band’s first self-titled effort, you should definitely pick it up, as it’s one of the most complete albums I’ve heard in the last few years.
Download:Magic Bullets – What Took You So Long [MP3]