You’ve gotta love sprawling pop tracks, especially when you find them by accident. Such is the case when I came across this new tune from Banquet, off the Impasse EP. For almost two minutes, the song quietly moves along, patiently waiting its own little explosion. The careful construction of the opening moments soon makes way for the explosion that erupts in a brief bit of pop bliss. If you like what you hear, then you can get your hands on the EP pretty quickly by heading over to Banquet’s site, or you can just give the whole EP a nice listen. I likes.
Download: Banquet – Impasse [MP3]
||Wednesday, April 11th
||$15 from Frontgate
The week’s picking up folks, and Wednesday is definitely a doozy. One of the shows we think is worth your time is checking out the Bowerbirds over at the Parish. I fell in love with their most recent release, The Clearing, which has the group sounding at their best. Their sound is sort of quieted folk music, so you couldn’t ask for a better venue than going over to the Parish to catch the group. I have a feeling they’ll be giving an incredibly emotional performance that will leave you talking about it for quite some time. Dry the River will be opening the evening, so be sure to get their early, as they are another act worthy of your attention.
Download:Bowerbirds – Tuck the Darkness In [MP3]
Brent Knopf is probably best known for his work in Menomena, but his work with Ramona Falls seems to be leading him in a really remarkable direction. The group will release their second album, Prophet, via Barsuk on May 1st, and I won’t be let down if it sounds anything at all like the track below. It’s got a lot of maneuvering going on musically, with slight bits of beautiful vocals thrown here and there. As it comes to a close, it takes on a more spirited emotion, ending with a track that we won’t soon forget. Better get on this soon; it’s that good. Plus, check out a track they tossed out earlier that I completely skipped over! Sorry about that.
Download:Ramona Falls – Sqworm [MP3]
Download:Ramona Falls – Spore [MP3]
As much as I can get carried away by the world of power pop at times, there’s always been a soft spot in my heart for great songwriters; C. Matheny is one such writer, writing much like John Darnielle of Mountain Goats. His group, Emperor X, is riding a high note after the release of Western Teleport last year, and will probably continue on a high note as Bar None Records are re-releasing their old albums for the masses. I think once you give a good listen to this track from Central Hug/Freindarmy/Fractaldunes (2005), you’ll be just as excited as I am that we’ll all have a chance to get our hands on these great old songs from Matheny and company.
Download:Emperor X – Raytracer [MP3]
In case you aren’t tied to your twitter account, you might not even know that the seminal Texas indie rock pioneers were going to be playing at Red 7 on Monday night. After avoiding the reunion tag for years, the five piece El Paso posse has decided to end all the what-ifs and whens, choosing to bring us all a bit of the past–a past many of us might have missed. Whether or not they’re just doing it for the money, you know that every one in town in will be clamoring for a spare ticket (as the show sold out). Personally, it’s going to be the best opportunity in the world to catch At The Drive-In, as they’ve long eclipsed playing the small venue status, so it’s definitely going to be unique experience. Plus, it gives me an excuse to post this great track from their Vaya EP. I hope to report back with great things, but if not, there’s still 400 other shows to go out and see this week in Austin.
Download:At The Drive-In – Rascuache [MP3]
This track surfaced towards the tail end of last week, and the more I listen to it, the harder it is not to fall head over heels in love with Dive. The band recently signed on with Captured Tracks, who will release their album Oshin on June 26th. There’s a similar bounce to the early work of Beach Fossils (no surprise since the bands share members) holding the pacing on this track, but you can definitely see that the group’s placed a bit more emphasis on the clarity of the lyrics and guitar sounds; i the end, it makes for a much warmer sound, yet still very intimate. We’re all going to enjoy playing this one.
Download:Dive – How Long Have You Known [MP3]
It’s Easter Sunday, and while a great many of you are out celebrating eggs with your families, I’m at home working on our site, hoping to let my body recover. Why must it recover? Well, RayRay and I spent the evening out on the town with our friends Young Girls, trying to convince them to put out their next record with us later this summer. If you haven’t had a chance already to get into these guys, take a listen below to see precisely why we’re so excited about working with these dudes. Their tracks are catchy, their spirit spreads, and you just can’t help having a good time with them. Take a listen to a track from their last self-titled album and enjoy your Sunday.
Download:Young Girls – Party Tape [MP3]
Wintersleep is by no means a new band, having worked hard for the last decade or so perfecting their sound. But, based on this new track they’ve just released from their upcoming album, Hello Hum, it could be a year where they go big. This single has sort of a jittery feeling to it, almost as if it’s stuttering at points, but the pulsing rhythm of the backbone really propels the song forward. Combine that with the relaxed approach of the vocals, and you’ve got yourself a track everyone will enjoy. The record comes out on June 12th, so be sure to grab it at the local record store.
Download:Wintersleep – Resuscitate [MP3]
The Eastern Sea is sure to have a great year, if you’re going off this new single from their upcoming album, Plague. You can get your hand on this record on June 26th via the WhiteLabBlackLab Label. Our first listen to the record is pretty splendid; it opens with a trickling bit of guitar work. It’s so gentle in its approach that you might skip the quieted lyrics that enter around the 1 minute mark, but once they grab hold of you, you’ll pray that they stick around. The vocals are so fitting to the emotional state of the song that you’ll be pressing your ear closer to your speakers in hopes of grasping every bit of the tune. Pretty sure you’re going to love this track.
Download:The Eastern Sea – A Lie [MP3]
Earlier today P4K threw out this great new track from The Fresh and Onlys, which appears on a compilation (HERE) between the band’s new label Mexican Summer and Software. While I completely dig the sound, it appears as if it’s going to end up a B-Side of sorts, being tossed aside for the band’s upcoming label. Once again, you can see the band really progressing in their songwriting, eliminating a lot of the cacophony that was on earlier recordings. I’m digging the chorus quite a bit, and if this is an outtake, there’s no telling how good the new album will be when it finally sees the light.
Download: The Fresh and Onlys – Do What I Came To Do [MP3]