We’ve always got to rep Austin, particularly for our artists that have had huge successes. So, today we’re revisiting Please Be Mine, the excellent debut from Molly Burch that dropped earlier this year. Today she just released a video for “Wrong for You,” one of the standout tunes on said album, with the focus of the video revolving around the relationship of a couple (starring Molly). If you haven’t listened to this record, well shame on you. But, if you have, this is the perfect place to revisit the whole thing. It’s available now from Captured Tracks.
It wasn’t too long ago when Ski Lodge was on the lips of every indiepop fan, and then it seemed Andrew Marr withdrew a little bit from the light. He’s released a few singles in that time, and this latest one is definitely a hit. The synths are sure to force people to throw out 80s references, but in the end, it’s Marr’s control over his vocal range this round that really makes this song work. He’s still capable of making an infectious tune that is sure to resonate with all sorts of listeners. Hopefully this is a sign of more new music to come!
Man it’s been right around 3 years since we’ve heard anything from Asheville, NC based indie rockers Aunt Sis. After the long delay, you can imagine my excitement to hear from them again. Breaking back on the scene today, the band offer up this delightful new single “Fastest Animal”. The track begins as a bright bit of instrumental guitars full of light, but then slows down a bit before building into a fast and furious finish with yearning vocals to boot. It’s a welcome return from a band we were certainly missing.
I’m continually impressed by Flotation Toy Warning, not to mention I don’t see them having too many peers floating about the world. On their latest single, they almost toy with traditional pop structures, yet the delivery of the vocal lines find themselves twisted in the mini moments that unfold as the song progresses. From shifts in vocal deliveries to filling in the negative spaces with ornate musical details, you’ll find yourself journeying with the group as a warm grin creeps upon your face. Look for the band’s new LP, The Machine That Made Us, to drop on October 13th via Talitres.
If you were out and about last night, hopefully you hit up the Holodeck Records night, where they premiered a video from their newest signing, Lou Rebecca. The French popster, LR is backed by Josh Mills, who should already be a household Austin name for his work in Silk Rodeo and Missions. Along with the video, the label announced that they’ll be releasing a limited cassette come this January…featuring this gem of a tune. If you haven’t caught on to Lou Rebecca yet, you better get on it quick, as she surely will be a common name in the very near future. Grab the tape HERE.
Julia Jacklin has slowly become one of my favorite female voices in the music world over the last year or so. She seems to effortlessly deliver in this sort of restrained, raspy tone while seemingly on the verge of exploding at any moment. Add in just the right amount of bluesy guitar, and you’d be spot on in a description of her latest single “Cold Caller”. It won’t get much better than this in the singer/songwriter genre.
You’re going to love Elva, and in fact, you probably already do without even realizing it. The band is comprised of members of the disbanded Allo Darlin, and Making Marks. Today news broke that the group will be releasing their debut 7″ for WIAIWYA, and we’ve got one of the songs below for you. It’s the perfect execution of understated pop, focusing on the natural melody created by the vocals, as well as the instrumentation behind. Tight drumming keeps a slight bit of pace to keep your toes-a-tapping. And of course, combining male and female vocals in unison is always going to hit home for fans of the genre…though I’d say for any fans of great music. This here is a gift that will make your day; it has already made my day better. Look for the limited edition release to drop right before Christmas; go grab it HERE before it runs out.
It’s kind of always a challenge these days to figure out what you’re going to do with your Saturday nights in Austin. Normally my issue is figuring out which show I want to hit up, as there’s always more than one great option. This Saturday, you need to be sure to catch a non-local, but still rad, Kevin Morby and company at The Mohawk. K. Morby has been wowing us for years, but on his latest release, City Music, he really knocked it out of the park. The perfect balance of blues and rock, the gentleman is sure to put on a great night of hazy jams that’ll have you swaying through the weekend. Get there early to check out Pitchfork approved, and fellow Woodsist artist,Shannon Lay,and her balancing act of quiet/loud folk gems.
There are still tickets available for real cheap–get yours here and make a great decision for your Saturday in Austin.
Oh and when you’re done getting groovy with Kevin Morby at The Mohawk, make sure you keep the party rolling and pop over to Cheer Up’s to catch ATH bands Shivery Shakes AND Big Bill as well as the other great bands on that lineup. There’s no excuses people– you really CAN have it all.
Not too long ago, I was raving about the work of Light Beams, and they’re back with a new hit single to go feature on their split with Ian Svenonious new solo project, Escapism. I love the flash video work done on this new track; it seems to step right in long with the groove-laden track, pulsing as the vocals are released. I’m continuously impressed by the band’s minimalism, working with synth loops, bass and drums; it also encapsulates an evolving sound for those familiar with the band’s hometown of Washington DC (and singer Moyer’s other band, Puff Pieces). The split 7″ with Svenonious will be released on September 22nd via Lovitt Records…you can grab yourself a copy right HERE.
Just a week or so ago, we brought you the delightful tune from a brand new Pia Fraus LP, building anticipation for the band’s forthcoming release. Already there’s a new single floating about, and this is precisely the moment when you fall in love with the group. This single doesn’t push the envelope too far, choosing to pull in their shoegaze tendencies, slightly, in favor of a carefully plodding melodic track. Don’t get me wrong, the guitars at times reach their full distortion, almost as if they’re getting dragged through a space antenna, yet the repeated phrase of “its over now” lingers long after the song fades. Field Ceremony will be released by Shelflife on October 13th in the US.