It’s Friday, so you’ve got to look for some impressive tunes to get you into the weekend, and I think this Calgrove tune might just do the trick. It’s a casual bit of modern Americana, with little hints of twang in the vocals and slide guitar working in the far distance to take you across the vast expanse of the USA. Dig the ways there are these little turns, with vocals almost recorded on top of one another. This track will appear on the band’s Wind Vane EP, just released by Gentle Reminder and Forged Artifacts.
If you’re looking to find the quintessential Austin song, then perhaps you needn’t look beyond this great new jam from The Golden Boys. “I’m on drugs…” opens up the track, but the song isn’t about taking drugs, rather it seems to be holding on to the world, hoping for better things. Then you can move beyond the lyrics to the natural stomp of the tune, bounding through with smashing drum hits and an organ grinding in the background. It’s a gem of pure rock n’ roll fervor, infectious and hard-hitting at once. Look for Better Than Good Times to drop on November 17th via 12XU.
Jack Lee might be better known in the US as the frontman for Beef Jerk, who released the excellent (and slightly overlooked) Tragic on Trouble in Mind Records. But, he’s got several solo efforts under his belt, with the latest being released today via Beko Disques. Right now, I’m really enjoying the diversity of the listen, taking on several styles, kicking out varying moods. Personally, I’ve gravitated towards “What You Don’t Do” as my favorite, like a weird world where Dan Treacy tries to take on modern casual pop. Oh, and I’d kick myself if I didn’t throw out the name Stephanie Ohlback; she’s serves as the vocal foil to Lee on almost every song, but perfectly shines on her own on “Taps Aff” and “Pieces.” And there I go, changing my mind on what my favorite hit from this LP is. You should just stream Infinity Rock N’ Roll and figure it out for yourself!
Oakland based The Saxophones have received their fair share of coverage on our site over the years. All ATH staff members have been continually mesmerized by the quiet, yet still powerful feeling to all of their songs. I’m yet again pleased to share another hit from the band entitled “Aloha”. I suggest giving it multiple spins as each and every listen unfolds something beautiful to really enjoy.
Twain has already garnered huge interest on the Interwebs due to their biggest fan, indie darlings Big Thief. It’s high time you get acquainted, as you’re likely hear a whole lot more. Looped drums work beneath twinkling guitar notes, but the dynamism in the vocals, will win your heart. Be it cowboy croon, folk yelp or earnest delivery, every vocal note turned captivates the listener. This is what music was meant to sound like; it’s emotionally sweeping, yet sincere and personal. Congrats to our friends at Keeled Scales who will be releasing Rare Feeling on October 20th!
This song stuck with me immediately because of the looped piano bit that begins the track, then Lucinda Hearn entered…taking me over the edge. She has this fragility in the way her notes reach out, as if they could possibly fold beneath at any given time. As the song progress, pace is added with textured beats and guitar pieces. There’s almost an atmospheric nod to it as well, furthering the place for Fieldings in my listening rotation. Look for her new Soft Tissue LP to drop soon.
My Sad Captains will be releasing their new album Sun Bridge in just a couple of weeks (October 6th), but I hope you’ll take a minute to enjoy this new single before you move on with your day. There’s a really mellow vibe to the tune, with the vocals coming through your speakers like careful whispers in your ear; it reminds me of the Clientele in a lot of ways, though perhaps a bit less ornate. Those of you who haven’t yet listened to the group should take this pleasant number with you today; it’s bound to make the day infinitely better.
One of the great things about following labels is that you can identify certain sonic similarities in the work they put out, much like Western Vinyl who’ve worked with artists like Balmorhea (among others). Sure, Lean Year doesn’t have the exact same sound, but if you listen carefully, you’ll be absorbed by the band’s cinematic quality (perhaps owed to Rick Alverson’s participation). Every note seems to have been dropped perfectly in place, every vocal line placed precisely in position. Quiet throughout, you’ll likely find yourself immersed in the expanse the band has created for you. Their self-titled album will drop in your lap (I hope) on October 20th.
I’m not sure exactly where Reptaliens are going with their album FM 2030, and perhaps that’s the most exciting thing about the band. Here, on their latest single, the band seems to be heading in the direction of casual indiepop, of which you know I’m a huge fan. The guitars seems slightly muted, yet jangly; the vocals are gentle and perfectly placed in the mix; you can hear little touches of horns and synths to flesh it all out. I mean, if you’re looking for a really chilled out pop song to spend your day with, then you’re going to want to take this one out for a spin. Look for the bands new LP on October 6th via Captured Tracks.
We first caught onto Suburban Birds back when they dropped their EP, but since then, they’ve been holed up inside the studio working on their debut LP. Today we’ve got this delightful number for you, bringing in elements of psychedelia, sunshine and harmonies to create a track that gives you a groovy dose of escapism. Rather than ride it out to the end, the group pulls back the pace and allows for a bit of deconstruction with their own structures..stripping things down until the audio fizzles out. Lituya Bay is sure to be a journey, so join up with them when the album drops on September 26th.