You’ve probably listened to Kelly Pratt thousands of times and not even know it. He’s the multi-instrumentalist who has worked with Beirut, Arcade Fire and even LCD Soundsystem, but now is his time to shine as Bright Moments. His album Natives has just been released, and you’re going to enjoy listening to this track–I guarantee it. It’s definitely a pop song, but it’s got all the careful brush strokes you would expect from a talented musician such as Kelly. It’s filled with horns, unique percussion and an overwhelming sensation of joyousness. Try this one on for size.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/08-Travelers-1.mp3]
Download: Bright Moments – Travelers [MP3]
There wasn’t a lot of music out there this weekend, so I figured I would scour Bandcamp to see what gems I could find floating about. Stalking Horse is an UK outfit, and I’ve really been digging listening to their album Specters on this sunny afternoon. For some reason, I want to lump these guys in with the traditional Brit-pop moments, as they definitely have the feel of the brighter side of Supergrass. It might not be for everyone, but I know that I’ve definitely got my eye on these guys. Try it out: it might just be up your alley.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Head.mp3]
Download:Stalking Horse – Heathen Head, Howling Heart [MP3]
You all know that the ATL has a really solid rock n’ roll scene, and they’ve been sending out bands left and right to help take over the world. Turf War is another one of those acts, kicking out some really awesome hits. We caught up with John Robinson before the group head our way.
Man, this song really blew me away today. As we’ve all (hopefully) been taking in the sunshine, I’ve been jamming to this number from Aloha Tigers. The band is a duo from Bloomington, Illinois, and I hope they get a chance to branch out. Their self-titled debut is remarkable, offering touches of dream-pop, but crafted so well that you won’t even care what they sound like; they’re just flat out great. Carefully sung vocals, emotionally appealing harmonies, and a quality of craftsmanship that allows you to float away in your own head. This is probably the best way to start out your Monday![audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/02-Young-Ghosts-1.mp3]
Download:Aloha Tigers – Young Ghosts [MP3]
Like everyone else, we’re inundated with all the great bands coming our way in the next few weeks, so we sent out a bunch of questions to our favorite acts, hoping to help spread the word. Our first responder is Grave Babies, who will be releasing their Gothdammit EP on April 17th via Hardly Art. Read on for their answers from Danny Wahfeldt… Read more
We know that everyone’s spotlighting the great SXSW festival, but we wanted to take a short little break to spread the word on Austin band, Les RAV. Luckily, our friends in Guerrilla Waltz were able to catch up with the group in this takeaway show over at The Long Center. Read more
It’s Friday, so I wanted to start off the day with something springy that will give us all a bit of a pick-up. So I’m here to offer you this kicking new track from Australia’s Gold Fields. By their account, they’ve worked hard to make everything sound different on their self-titled EP, switching it up from track to track. This song has a solid groove, accentuated by the extra percussive elements throughout. Those of you clamoring for more will get to hear a whole album worth of material later in 2012, but also look out for the band at SXSW and a few other scattered shows throughout the states in the next month.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Gold-Fields-01.-Treehouse.mp3]
Download:Gold Fields – Treehouse [MP3]
It’s that time again folks, time for SXSW and another awesome show by yours truly here at ATH. This year we’re teaming up with our amigos over at local label Sonora Records to bring what is arguably the best SXSW show around. We’ve got a sweet lineup that’s been worked on behind the scenes for months now with some equally incredible local sponsors. Here are the deets on the show after the jump.
Curses! I’ve found myself in a real dreamy mood today, so I was actually rather pleased to hear this instrumental track from Bristol’s Leon Piers, who records under the moniker of Falcon Lake. He just released his new Drown EP on Bad Panda, and while there are some more subtle tracks on the effort, I’ve found myself really falling in love with this track. It’s definitely let me find myself drifting all day long, using its pulsing melody to draw me in again and again. If this is your thing, then you should go HERE and pick up the Drown EP for FREE.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Falcon-Lake-Back-To-The-Sea.mp3]
Download:Falcon Lake – Back To The Sea [MP3]