Subtle Pop from Little Person

Clearly I’m a fan of pop tunes, and Little Person just dropped this little frolicking ditty that you just have to hear. Crooning vocals hang in the air, moving effortlessly in contrast to the guitar work behind them. Just as you think the song’s going to settle into a quick close, the pace is picked up and electric guitars wrap back around your ears, drawing you into the track’s subtlety. There’s lots of little touchstones here too that should fall right in line with folks into the best of indie rock. Their new EP, I Feel Fine, will be out on April 3rd.

New Music from Mimi Raver

Mimi Raver has graced these pages before, and we’re back to cover her newest single…perhaps her best yet. Her voice is stunning, able to take on different pitches and tones that match the notes as they fold over one another in the song. I love how the vocals sit almost inside the musical mix, all working together in unison, rather than pushing the voice too far up. There’s a sensation of wandering in the writing, which fits the influences of different experiences and stories that led to the craft of her latest work. The album, 06′ Female, will be released this coming April.

New Stuff from Kingfisher Bluez

I’m the kind of fella that gravitates towards certain labels…so much so that I haunt their soundcloud and bandcamp pages. Today I’m bringing you updates from Kingfisher Bluez, one of Canada’s fine musical establishments. The label has two new releases of note…and I’ve got them both streaming for you below. First, is Woodpigeon, offering up generous folk stylings, though with a slight pop leaning. Then you have Peach Pit, giving off soulful pop vibes, almost like generous crooners aiming to make you happy. Each release hits this Spring (March and April), so why not sample the goods. Be sure to check the label for other gems too!

Kevin Morby Announces City Music

It sounds as if Kevin Morby is venturing into territory resigned for poets, and with this new single, it sounds like he’s doing so with great success. The musical accompaniment to his lyrics/voice is pretty minimal…using trickling little notes and really light percussive taps. Sure, there’s a really slight pick up near the song’s end, but this track serves notice that great tracks don’t always need expansive music to accompany them, and perhaps the quietest tracks are the loudest. Morby will be dropping his latest, City Music, on June 16th via Dead Oceans, surely furthering our infatuation with his craft.

Another New Bill Baird Song

Former Austinite and ATH fave Bill Baird is preparing for the release of two new albums, and we’ve got a new track to share with you today. This song was actually recorded live here in Austin with a few friends, then finished up a bit later. It’s a gentle track, and perhaps the perfect way to begin your Wednesday, washing you with a sensation of calm. I love hearing the buzz of the strings as their played, and as the song fades to a close, a moment of inner bliss will surely wash over you. Baby Blue Abyss and Easy Machines are the titles of his new work, and they’ll both be released on April 28th.

Fuzzy Pop from Heavenly Creatures

The week before SXSW hit Austin was a bit hectic, but we made it through, so a few of our tracks coming through today will be looking back on last week’s hits. We knew this Heavenly Creatures EP was coming, and it has the perfect bit of delightful joy to bounce you into Monday. It’s interesting that the band is brandishing a jangly bit of female-fronted fuzz pop, as Austin was filled with such ladies brandishing their guitars with flair all week long. I’d put this group at the top, however, especially with little bits of horns hanging in the background. Look for their EP, The Summer Will Kill Us All, available as we speak from Jigsaw.

Another Hit from Zebra Hunt

While I’m still catching up on music from last week, I’m sad I missed the drop of this new Zebra Hunt tune…so why not get it out now. I feel like the band’s channeling an updated version of classic American songwriting; it hits like a more upbeat hit that the Boss might have churned out. There’s a natural pick-up in the style of the guitars, similar to like-minded acts bouncing around right now, though I’m partial to how they work in conjunction with the vocals. I guess since it’s the early days of Spring, it’s only fitting that this song makes me feel like the band are blossoming into pop superstars (in so far as my opinion counts). Their new LP In Phrases will be released via Tenorio Cotobade real soon!

Croy and the Boys are on Slack Capital 2

For the tremendous new Slack Capital 2 compilation, with songs by The Zoltars, Kay Odyssey, Thor & Friends and many more, we’re unveiling a new song every day until the April 14 release party. 100% of proceeds go to SafePlace, so go pre-order it right now!

Today we’re spotlighting a song by Croy and the Boys called “Sleeping Til 2.” Saturated with their characteristic dry humor and a nothing-to-do Sunday morning vibe, this song perfectly encapsulates the modern malaise of a simple man trying to figure stuff out. “I tried some new drugs/ and they were fun/ But six-packs, and my backyard’s/ the budget I’m on,” sings bandleader Corey Baums, and the key is his earnestness, which makes it funny, rather than corny. Croy and the Boys may be in on the joke, but the characters in their songs aren’t, and that makes all the difference.

Stream Let Go by Delay Trees

We’ve featured new music from Delay Trees for a few months now, but its time to fill in all the gaps by allowing you to venture off into blissful listen with a stream of Let Go in its entirety. But, stop now if you don’t love listening to really great pop music. There’s tons of touchstones on the album, from modern expansive pop tropes to the intimacy of joyfully solemn bedroom pop. Through it all, Let Go feels like the great Brit pop record that never got made; it’s the sort that walks the fine line between artistry and accessibility, filled with warm tones and melodies made to feel personal. Look for the new album as it drops this Friday via Soliti Music.

Premiere: So Many Wizards Announce Heavy Vision

Tuesdays beg for energetic pop tunes, and what better way to get you on your way then by bringing out news of a new album from So Many Wizards. While the album’s opening track opens with an angelic vocal carefully echoing through your speakers, you can hear the energy building as the guitars slowly churn. Instantly, they’re jittering quickly, pushing the song’s pace, pushing you to shuffle your feet as you dance frivolously through your room. I like the sudden draw back in style that comes during the chorus, softly pulling in a moment of steadiness before blasting back towards jangling rock n’ roll heaven. Lolipop Records will be releasing the band’s new record, Heavy Vision, on April 14th, and it sounds like we’re in store for a banger of furious pop hits.

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