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ATH Premiere: Abram Shook

10343677_518284498314178_856904406646664692_nIn case you didn’t know, Austin’s own Abram Shook has got a new album due out next week via Western Vinyl, and I’m excited to debut a track from that record, Landscape Dream with you today. This song, “Perfect,” is a dreamy escape for four minutes that uses quiet vocals and effortless instrumentation to take you away from the daily mundane and into a better, gentler world. Personally, I’m loving the soft feel that this track has going for it, with each instruments’ contribution melting into the next so that the song dwells in between the genres of blues and folk. Get to listening and get excited for that album.

We’re Getting Closer to New Jeremy Jay

JeremyJayLondonTreesOur affinity for Jeremy Jay has been no secret, and I’ve grown increasingly interested in his music this year as he’s been handing out little hints here and there about his various projects.  He’s recently released this new tune, and it appears to be on the album Invisible Foxx, though I’m not sure if that’s the actual album or the name of a new project.  Regardless, I love the dark approach he’s taken here; he’s washed the mix with a quiet dosage of synthesizer while his vocals hold your interest.  It looks like Domino Publishing has gotten their hands on the new music, so it should be released real soon…fingers crossed.

Show Preview: Stephin Merritt @ Central Presbyterian (5.6)

smLet’s face it, once we wake up on Wednesday morning, it’s going to be a shit show.  Tons of things going on, including local bands, touring acts and festivals. So, let’s start off by pointing you to one of the shows I’m most looking forward to, Stephin Merritt of Magnetic Fields playing at Central Presbyterian Wednesday night.  He’s playing with Sam Davol, and I’m honestly not sure what the set will include, though it’s sure to be great.  Put his MF work aside and Stephin’s scored plays, written accompanying songs to young adult literature and been involved in various other projects, so he’s got a huge category to draw from…and seeing him at the church will surely be remarkable. And despite his history as a curmudgeon, I’ve always found him quite endearing, sot he intimate setting seems the perfect way to see him. Doors are at 7, and you can grab tickets HERE.  Listen to one of my favorite songs below.

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Download: The Magnetic Field – It’s Only Time [MP3]

Digging This New Mutual Benefit Track

jordanleeJordan Lee has been making indie pop/folk inspired music under the moniker of Mutual Benefit for some time now, so I always get a little excited when I come across a new track from this gent. This time around, we get a little bit of a change up from Lee, as the track below is the fruit of a documentary series about the process of recording music. “Not For Nothing,” is a delightfully crafted little acoustic tune that’s reminding me a little bit of Ben Kweller in its slow paced bluesy/americana style. There’s also a great deal of orchestral presence in this song as well, which will surely melt your heart. Take a listen.

Perfect Indiepop from The Catenary Wires

CD72There’s two things at work here: one, Matinee Recordings is back at it this year and two, The Catenary Wires are made up of members of Talulah Gosh, Heavenly, Tender Trap, etc.  With the first, I’m extremely happy, as the label is one of my favorite purveyors of divine indie pop.  As to the second, I think the aforementioned bands make this track alone worthy of your time. I couldn’t think of a better way to begin my week than to listen to a track where the male and female vocals fit so well that your can’t help but feel yourself swoon. They’ll be releasing their Red Red Skies CD via the label in June.

Peppy and Playful Pop from BLØSH

11060344_1671227279765180_8275133001164534360_o BLØSH are a group that notes their hometown as both Oslo and Madrid, and with that kind of diversity you can bet that their music is an eclectic mix of pop. This track, “Keep Your Tongue” is the perfect beat for this sunny, almost summery Friday in Austin, or one that will brighten up your day wherever you’re listening from. Starting slow, the band gradually works its way into its groove, but what I’m really loving are the angular guitar hooks that undercut the whole song. There’s a lot going on musically here, so get to listening.

New Track From The Helio Sequence

helioThe Helio Sequence, who have been around for almost two decades now, have a new track to share with you from their new album that’s due out in just a few weeks on May 19th. That new, self titled record looks like it will be an extension of the duo’s intimate pop tunes, as “Upward Mobility” works around the looping guitar riffs and some really understated piano that constantly pounds in the background. This track has got me excited for the new record, so you should listen and get excited too.

Small Feet Hook Up with Barsuk Records

simoneI make no excuses for my love of really powerful pop music, even if it comes in the simplest of forms.  That’s exactly why I like listening to the music of Small Feet…the project of Sweden’s Simon Stalhamre. When you listen, you’ll probably be most attracted to Simon’s voice…it creates the emotion that I remember when I first listened to James Mercer (before he got boring), and perhaps a touch of Fleet Foxes in there too. Also, if you listen closely around the 3 minute mark, I swear you can hear an homage to Third Eye Blind. Barsuk will release From Far Away Everything Sounds Like the Ocean on August 7th, so pencil in a date for some pop music.

Weekend Show Preview: 5.1/2

Hotel VegasI don’t know about you, but the weekend really started for the ATH crew sometime around Wednesday, as this week has already graced us with some rad shows. If you were too lame to make it out the past two nights, never fear, our city never fails to give us some music to see. Find your weekend show preview and some hype-up tunes to get you ready after the jump.

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Fascinating New Daughn Gibson Tune

Daughn GibsonIt’s been interesting to watch the progression of Daughn Gibson‘s career.  He’s gone from a relatively unknown act we stumbled upon about five years ago to a powerful force to be reckoned with in the modern age.  His music this time around seemingly matches his intoxicating live performance; I love the noisy bust up that comes around the 2.5 minute mark of the track.  The song even closes with a softer approach that spins the tune in a different space as it comes to a close Press release says he’s worked a great deal on his lyrics for his new album Carnation, so I have a feeling you’re going to be in for a real treat when Sub Pop unleashes it on June 2nd.

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