We’re just about a week away from the release of the new Papercuts album, and the band just released one of my favorite tracks from the LP. I love the underlying energy from the rhythm section, which works in contrast to the smoky haze of Jason Quever’s voice; the guitar’s, too, carry on an energetic tone. It’s the perfect juxtaposition, allowing the listener to get carried away by the uplifting spirit, whilst still delving into moments of reflection. If you’re willing to let music carry you away again, perhaps you’ll pick up Parallel Universe Blues on October 17th via Slumberland.
Our local Austin amigo Calvin Locklear just released a new EP and he’s been kind enough to let us premiere a new single from the release. “Hottest Hell” is the featured single from the EP and it’s a solid piece of driving rock music with just enough pop elements to warrant it for repeat plays. If you’re digging it, Locklear also has his entire new EP Hottest Hell streaming on all platforms. As if you needed more reasons to love the Austin music scene, welp here ya go.
There are several really great albums that came out of Austin this year, but one rising near the top (in my eyes) is this new Single Lash. The band just dropped another tune, and it’s one of the more remarkable numbers we’ve heard from the group. Opening with a distorted guitar coming in bursts, stripped away to reveal Nic’s voice, then back in again. The wall of hazy distortion eventually becomes omnipresent, serving as the white noise on which Nadeau paints his voice. There’s a subtlety to the chorus in this number too, an effortless venture floating and disappearing beneath the atmosphere of the track. Then the band sticks around to texture the back half of the track with haunting musicianship.Providence comes out on October 26th via Holodeck.
I’m late to the game on this one, though I’ve known about (and ordered!) this new Comet Gain single for some time, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t encourage you to take a stroll down the road with David Feck and friends. There’s something playful and heartfelt in Feck’s songs, and yet something one could attach to a sort of everyman type; he makes you feel like a friend sharing a story. I love the way he sort of speeds up his lyrics in certain incidents, like he’s racing to get to the point, then drops back to a more casual vibe. I could, and probably more often than not, listen to this band every day. If you’re so inclined, grab the new 7″ from Tapete Records…an LP is to follow next year.
Well well well, what do we have here? A band with a throw back, sort of post-emo sound? RayRay is of course going to be all over that. Bringing us that sweet throw back sound today is Long Island based group Masceal with their latest single “Sure Thing, Shelly”. I am immediately taken back to the glory days of music with bands like American Football or even The Promise Ring. This is a truly great song.
Masceal will release new EP Map it Out on November 9th via 6131 Records.
I’m a sucker for little guitar notes that add some pep to my step…and the lads in Far Caspian are doing just that. They offer a brand of guitar pop, bordering on moving into the dream pop region with the effects that shine in the mix. But, it’s not all about the beat here, as the group have a really strong vocal presence. It’s gentle, and emphatic where needed, but never really reaching for the top…I like a voice that knows when you can just sit down and chill in the middle of the goings-on. Go ahead, enjoy yourself.
A friend from Arkansas hipped me to the Glands back in 2001, and I’m pretty sure any romantic interest for the next few years found “Swim” on a mix of some sort…pretty sure I included it on a mix I gave to my wife. I’ve referenced the band countless times over the 11 years we’ve run this site, and had always thought them to be fairly unknown in larger circles…until yesterday. NPR, P4K and Stereogum both reported that New West would be releasing new music from the band, with the line-up crafting songs around demos left behind by Ross Shapiro after his passing. I guess its bittersweet, as I’m grateful for new music…though its a reminder of the fragility of your heroes. For me, the self-titled LP will always be one of my absolute favorites; it’s a near perfect album in my ears. If, like me, you’ve quietly fawned over the band for decades, you’ll want to get this new Box Set from New West.
If you’re not into Fanclub yet, well, let me advise you. You’re going to want to be into Fanclub. The fairly new trio has just recently been popping up in the ATX scene with some lineage to our faves Letting Up Despite Great Faults. The band offers a similar note, though Leslie’s voice gives the band a slightly dreamier quality, driving home the infectiousness of their work. It’s pick up your feet and dance around the room indiepop, and there’s no ifs ands or buts, you SHOULD be listening to Fanclub. No word on official releases as of yet, but rest assured, we’re super excited to hear new tunes!
Chicago shoegazers Lightfoils have just announced that they’ll be dropping Chambers, their new LP, in mid-November. It’s the brand of shoegaze focusing on melody rather than on sheer noise, though that wall of distorted guitars definitely shines through from the background. Single Jane Nicholoson has a powerful voice that’s able to sort of ride out the noise of her bandmates, giving you these crisp notes that hang on every turn. Below you can stream the cut…and be reminded that this is the album edition…there’s a radio edit rocking around for those of you with short attention spans. Look for Chambers on November 16th.
I greatly appreciate Cyanide Thornton today. I’ve got several other Aussie acts on the table today, but this one steps out from my expectations of the region (I’m a pigeonholing jerkstore, I know). Sienna Thornton has this breathy vocal delivery, deep in her register, which might draw some comparisons to Courtney Barnett; it’s great to find her notes wrapped in the rest of the band’s notes, adding textured depth. Most of the tune is fairly relaxed, sitting back waiting to suck you into the sound…go ahead and give in to it. The group will release their self-titled LP on November 9th via Bedroom Suck Records.