For quite awhile now I’ve been touting Jana Horn (she dropped a song on Slack Capital 3 too) as one of Austin’s great voices. This past Friday, one of her projects, American Friend, released their debut single. She’s joined by Adam Jones, of Deep Time, for percussive elements, definitely building in some textures to thicken up the sound around her guitar and vocals. “His Energy Runs Backwards” might be the most traditional of the two tracks on this 7″, with the fragility of Horn’s voice carefully treading above the instrumentation; Jones jumps in the song’s latter half to join too. “Cancer City” shows the duo really moving beyond the boundaries of the genre, incorporating a squawking clarinet (courtesy of Carl Smith) to the intoxicating mixture of guitar and drums. Definitely something you should invest your time in today, if you so choose.
I’m an avid Cloudberry Records follower, so it’s nice to see the label pick up a band I’ve already been in love with, Dayflower. The label just announced this new 7″, which includes a different version of 2017 standout “Sweet Georgia Gazes,” as well as the B-side “Daisy Age.” This revisited version below might be the first time some of you hear it, but for those familiar with the band, this run has more of a punch to it than the previous version. That said, even with the energy uptick, it doesn’t lose its charm, particularly when the chorus comes in to twirl you about in its arms. The 7″ should be out later this Fall.
If you’ve been hanging in and about Austin for the last year, you’ve likely heard the name Being Dead; we’ve written about them several times over the last year, excited by their growth and creativity. Luckily for us, they asked if we could help get out their new 7″/EP, which, of course, we gladly jumped at! And now, the band have shared the standout tune “Apostle’s Prom” off said release. The track employs both Juli and Cody on vocals, while the video has them dueling…until they realize their shared love of horses. Here’s a band willing to go out and have fun, write catch songs and embrace all that is Austin. If you want that hot 7″, you can grab it HERE.
We’ve previously shared this great number from Monnone Alone‘s forthcoming LP, but with a 7″ version on the horizon, why not share the video version that just dropped. The video was shot by Lehmann B Smith, and it involves dangling Mark down a sewer drain, until he arrives on the other side of the world to meet the glowing lights. Plus, why not just celebrate the incredible hooks present in the song; it bounds and dances about, churning guitars spinning melody after melody through your speakers. You can buy the new 7″ featuring this tune from Lost and Lonesome, while we patiently await this new LP.
If you’ve been reading any of the ridiculous mid-year album lists (of which I made my own) you’ll likely notice a trend among all lists…that trend being that Beach House‘s latest album 7 is high upon the list. Sub Pop dropped the album in May, and it’s amassed continuous buzz and support since it dropped; tonight you’ll get a chance to catch the group at ACL LIVE. Honestly, I can’t think of a venue more fit to host a dreamy set by the group; the lighting alone will do wonders for the performance. Ed Schrader’s Music Beat will be opening the night around 8 PM; so be sure you’re there in time to catch Beach House take the stage just after 9.
After a slew of some heavier tunes, I’m ready to switch gears a bit with this new song called “Don’t Care Where” from L.A. via Oakland based artist Henry Nowhere. What if The Drums made lo-fi pop in their bedroom? It would sound a bit like this. You’re in store from breezy, bright, and sunshine filled pop music. Easy listening if you will.
Henry Nowhere will release a new 7″ digital EP on September 8th featuring this track and one other. Pre-order from Sleep Well Records now.
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Those in need of a quick boost to moral on this dreary Monday should have a listen to this new 3 song EP from Toronto based outfit Tough Age. The punk inspired tracks on the EP are all quick bursts of fun and well under 2 minutes long. They will surely change the mood of your Monday blues.
Those looking for a physical copy of new EP Unclean can buy a copy via Mint Records.
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Unless you ignore our website completely, you’ve likely heard that we ATH kids are releasing a new 7″ single from San Francisco based songwriter Andrew St. James this week. Ok yeah you heard…. I’m excited damnit! Today I’m pumped to share the second single entitled “Red Hair, Green Eyes” from the new release. Andrew yet again treats us to a chant worthy, folk/country inspired anthem ready for long drives on the back roads. You’ll find the new single and first single “You’ll be Fine” combined into one handy playlist below. Both songs work together beautifully and here’s to hoping you’ll find something to like.
The new 7″ records are shipping out now! Buy your copy today over on bandcamp.
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Our amigos in Houston who run new label Poison Moon Records pointed me to this new song called “First Blush” from Mandy Kim Clinton’s project Pearl Crush. The song is a bright bit of dream pop complete with shiny vocals and a slick feel throughout the production. All in all, a great tune to carry you through the middle of the week. This track and another entitled “Semiprecious Stone” is out right now on 7″ vinyl. Buy now!
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After many months of much hard work from myself and several others, I’m elated today to bring you news of our upcoming 7″ single from young gun Andrew St. James. Now I’ve been a fan of Andrew for quite awhile so this project is something that means a whole lot to me. As his first release on vinyl, Andrew has hand picked this track, “You’ll be Fine”, to be featured as the A-side with “Red Hair Green Eyes” as B-side. “You’ll be Fine” is a perfect example of Andrew’s superb songwriting skills similar to greats like Tallest Man or Dylan. This is surely a kick off to a promising and bright career as a top up and coming singer songwriter. Stay tuned in the coming weeks as we’ll bring you the sweet B-side soon.
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