Awhile back we brought you an early listen to “The Ornament,” the first single from the upcoming album, The Ornament, by Gold Leaves. It’s really easy to see comparisons to other folk acts such as Fleet Foxes, but one thing I enjoy that is a bit different is the lush arrangements behind the sound on each track. We’ve got another one today, and you’ll hear hints of the kind of orchestration you usually find on the quiet tracks of Papercuts records. Yeah, those are great qualities to have, so you won’t hear any complaints coming from my end right now. Be sure to pick up the record on August 16th via Hardly Art.
Download: Gold Leaves – Cruel/Kind [MP3]
You would think that a band made up of former members of The Village Green would have some sort of Davies-esque influence of their songwriting, but this doesn’t seem to be the case for Portland’s Light for Fire. They’ve just released their self-titled debut, and you’ll be disappointed if you don’t give this a good solid listen. Personally, I hear an edgier Dr. Dog, but that’s probably based on the piano line. Still, that guitar chord that knifes its way through the song just cleanses your palate before the band brings it all home again, making for one heck of a single. Be sure to check out the band’s SITE to preview their entire album.
Download: Light for Fire – NY (By the Hand) [MP3]
It’s easy to know you’ll love something when the press release tosses the names of Ty Segall, The Ramones, and Trouble in Mind Records all into one email. Mikal Cronin will be releasing his self-titled debut on TiM on September 20th, and based on this track alone, I know I’m going to be playing it on repeat over and over. If you toss in a little more melody on Segall’s formula for psych-rock, perhaps remove a bit of hazy tones, and this is pretty much what you’re going to get. I know, right! Sounds pretty awesome, so jump on the wagon now, and prepare for Cronin to come to Austin in September (17th) with Ty.
Download: Mikal Cronin -Apathy [MP3]
I say this is obligatory, as I’m sure that everyone in the world has this track on play right now, or at least gave it a listen today at some point. We’d be remiss if we didn’t post it, as Girls were one of our favorite bands, or are rather. The last time they offered up a 6 minute song (Hellhole Ratrace) it played non-stop. Here, on “Vomit” they’ve clearly slowed things down, but the delivery of the vocal sounds remarkably similar to early works. When the song bursts, you get a glimpse at the hard work the band’s done, crafting a much fuller sound, even with a bit of a sharp edge. Surely we can expect great things when their new album, Father, Son, Holy Ghost, hits on September 13th via True Panther.
Download: Girls – Vomit [MP3]
You might have seen this tracking floating around last week, but I wanted to give it some more attention, as it’s such a deserving track. Carter Tanton spends a lot of his time playing with Lower Dens, but you wouldn’t be able to tell after listening to this lead single from his upcoming record, Freeclouds; the record will be in stores on November 1st via Austin’s own Western Vinyl. From the get go, there’s this brightness to the song filtering beneath the vocal. There’s something really familiar about it, though I can’t place it precisely, greatness perhaps? Regardless of what it reminds you of, this song will surely be playing around you for the rest of the week.
Download: Carter Tanton – Murderous Joy [MP3]
Just last week we gave you an opportunity to give a listen to “Christmas Girl,” the first release from the upcoming Boston Spaceships album, Let It Beard. In true Pollard fashion, he already has another song for you folks to enjoy, and again, it’s just a great track. Over the years he’s been able to win us over, though most will admit he’s tossed out a few misses here and there. After listening to Let It Beard all week, I can tell you that this is not going to be the case this go round; it’s a solid record through and through, full of gem after gem. You can get yourself a copy on August 2nd.
Download: Boston Spaceships – Tabby and Lucy [MP3]
There’s always something special about listening to Loney Dear. On the last effort, Dear John, I found myself drawn into some really spectacularly quiet songs that fit right into where I was emotionally. Emil’s voice has this memorable pitch to it, and the construction of the songs has always done wonders to give it the most power. This new track comes from the group’s upcoming record on Polyvinyl Records, Hall Music. You can hear the song building slowly in your ear, melodies rising all the while, waiting for Emil to unleash his vocals. There’s definitely a more orchestrated approach to the record based on what we’ve heard so far, and that’s got me looking forward to see what the rest of Hall Music will sound like. Give this track a good once or twice over.
Download: Loney Dear – My Heart
It’s hard keeping updated with the ever-growing masses of music coming out of Austin, but every now and then you just have to stop and revisit the good tunes this town has to offer. Lately I’ve been listening to some of the tracks from Wheeler Brothers, who’ve just put out their album, Portraits. It’s definitely appealing to my softer side, the one drenched in my dad’s love of Americana and folk music. But, don’t think this is going to be an entirely weepy affair, as the great thing about the country-tinged outfit is that they still maintain a great bit of pop sensibility. Sink your teeth into this song, and go get yourself a copy of Portraits.
Download: Wheeler Brothers – Home for the Holidays [MP3]
Iceage burst into town, fueled with an entourage of massive hype and adoration. It was a night full of quick riffs, stage stalking and bursts of machine-gun delivery vocals. You won’t find too many complaints from this writer. Read more
Chicago’s Brain Idea has been bubbling beneath the surface of indie-rock stardom for some time now, but it’s going to be their most recent release on Mexican Summer, the Cosmos Factory EP, that’s going to be winning every one over this year. It’s a brief little collection, but those of you with nostalgic leanings for all things New Zealand sounding will find your home with this little effort. There’s that echo blend between atmospherics and bits of melody, and it’s completely winning me over this evening. I’m sure many of you will find appreciation in the EP, and their back catalog on Permanent Records.
Download: Brain Idea – Oh I’m Free (Earn Your Card) [MP3]