Yo. Sometimes here at ATH we release records and stuff, mostly from our favorite local friends (and sometimes beyond). Already this year we released the excellent Blushing EP, and we return today with Feverbones debut Dream Talk. It’s great, and you will love it, as I do. Band features members of Shearwater, Abram Shook, Adam Torres (live band) and more. You can pick up your copy HERE. And stream it below.
Had the music business gone differently, I feel that we’d all be treasuring the work of John Andrew Fredrick and the Black Watch. As it is, he quietly goes about writing great song after great song; he’s about 17 LPs in and still writing powerful songs. This tune flirts with the realm of jangling pop, though there feels as if heavier tones are lurking in the guitars; the pop sensibility comes via the lines “he helped you make a paper boat/one for you/one for him.” Consider me charmed, and even more so when the song ups the volume on that complimentary guitar line. This is one of my favorite bands of the last few years, and it should definitely be yours too. Paper Boats EP drops on April 26th.
Evil Bone have been haunting music blogs and twitter accounts for months; we finally get a chance to hear what the band is all about…and it’s pretty great. The sound is rather definitely one of pop ilk, but the presentation is where the band is able to differentiate itself. The vocals have an effect on the, coming off like wisps of air floating atop the dense percussive groove that’s established. This is the sort of place where listeners will get lost, entranced by the craftsmanship. No word on a proper release, but a worthy groove for you all to enjoy on a Friday.
If you didn’t check out the site this week, I’ve been big on posting upbeat, high energy tracks to break out of my normal sad bastard vibe. Continuing my new vibe is Toronto based outfit Little Junior with their new song “Buzz Off”. Seriously, this track is just about as perfect you can get in the pop/punk genre while keeping a slight bit of edge to the sound. It’s like if Weezer still wrote good songs!
Little Junior will release new LP Hi on May 11th via Grand Jury Music.
It’s Friday folks. It’s early and you needed to pick it up. Well, I figured you could listen to this new hit from our friend Alex, who currently is working under her Pema moniker (she’s also in Austin group Alex Napping). There’s this pulse that brings the song in, with extemporaneous beeps and bloops layered in to maximize the hook factor. I love the way Alex plays with the syllables in her vocal delivery in the song’s late middle, before putting in a final stomp to groove you to the end. Pema will release Bad Habits on May 4th via Topshelf Records.
Our friends in Night Drive have covered Perfume Genius and Radiohead previously, tagged as summer covers. They also do “Psycho Killer” live, but if you haven’t heard it, that Radiohead is one of the best things to get you all swirly-eyed-lost-in-the-moment at any Night Drive show.
The latest release is a not-quite-summer cover has us reimagining The National’s “Anyone’s Ghost”. It goes slightly uptempo to disco levels and adds a pile of synthy harmony with more movement in the phrasing of the lyrical delivery versus the original. The song builds and diverts from the source material the further along you listen.
For awhile now I’ve been on the heels of Discos de Kirlian, the Spanish label specializing in delighting fans with great indiepop. In fact, the label is responsible for Skittle Alley, which has graced these little web pages; that remains important because Fanou is the writer behind Coastal. There’s a debut in the works, and the understated beauty of this tune is perfect for indiepop and electronic fans alike; you can hear the textural work behind the song, made perfect by the softness in the presentation of the vocals. As of today, the whole Voyage Interieur album is available, so feel free to enjoy it over HERE!
Yea, this is a track from an experimental cellist. Yea, you’re still reading Austin Town Hall. Cry about it–sometimes, you’ve gotta expand your horizons on what you listen to and push yourself in new directions. This direction for me comes in the form of this lovely track from Austin native Randall Holt, who collaborates regularly with the likes ofGodspeed You! Black Emperor, Knest (Thor Harris & Jonathan Horne), and Yann Tiersen. “I felt safe again and was at home” is the kind of track you put on to make yourself feel utterly important, as if you’re the own protagonist of some cinematic masterpiece and this is soundtrack that plays while you’re making a pivotal decision that changes the whole film. Anyways, it’s a lovely track, and it’s even better that it’s locally grown. So take a listen and push yourself a little, if you dig it, Randall Holt will be releasing a new album on Self Sabotage Records on April 20, which you can preorder here.
Up until now, I felt like I had New Zealand’s Wax Chattels pegged; the band offered a heavy hitting blend of noisy rock, sans guitars. Now, they’ve unleashed this dense new track from their forthcoming LP, and while it surely holds some of the noisier elements, the opening 2 minutes reveals a soft belly that I wasn’t expecting. Amanda Cheng haunts this tune, letting her voice drip all over, even when the band begin punishing your ears with electronic noise and pounding rhythm section. I like a band that can stretch their sound, and I’m always a sucker for a group on Flying Nun/Captured Tracks; their self-titled debut drops May 18th.
I’ve really been enjoying the work of Ty Richards on the cycle for his newest album, Welcome to Flat Earth. He employs these simple little hooks, but on this song, he seems to stretch it out just beyond reason, crafting a wonky vibe that’s both captivating and odd. For me, perhaps the greatest compliment I can pay his work is that he really seems to be having a blast on everything he’s touched…that’s infectious for folks like me who try to listen with close ears. That new album will drop on April 20th, with a local Austin release show at Mosaic Sound Collective.