I’ve enjoyed my ACL and SXSW Gimme 5 playlists from artists so much that I’ve decided to start running some at random times during the year. Well not totally random, as I plan to focus on artists coming through Austin soon to help build up some hype for their show. It’s also interesting for me to find our what other musicians are listening to before, or even after their show. Kicking off my newish feature is Nashville based songwriter Lydia Luce who is stopping through town on Friday at Mohawk. Hit the jump for some words from Lydia and her 5 song playlist.
Hey, end of the year time and we’re looking forward towards our label side of things in 2019. We’ve got several releases planned, and we’ve already announced a cassette with Tel Aviv’s Bones Garage…and so we should also share will be doing a tape with The Hermits! You’ll be able to pre-order it HERE, but I figured we’d share one of the song’s from the record; “Ruby Red Summer” originally appeared on Tour Tape EP. It’s a rad jam, rocking and teasing the listener until the huge hook in the end is released through your speakers. You like it? You want it? Go HERE. Keep your eyes peeled for a new single later this week!
Austin had a huge week, and we did our best to cover it all, but lets circle back for a few really great things we missed that I want on your radar. T
Go Fever: They have a new record coming out next year, and this first single is pretty special. It’s got a slight bit of bravado, giving an aura of punk lineage, but this is every bit an anthemic pop song. It walks that fine line between cool and widely accessible…this could be the band’s breakout hit!
A Sinclair: We’ve been writing about A. Sinclair in some fashion since our site’s inception, and with a new single, the band are back. This one has this soulful indie rock vibe, with really sharp riffs and wonderful backing vocals adding depth to the band’s sound. New LP on its way in 2019.
Taft: I’ll never understand why people in Austin sleep on Taft. His angelic voice always is at the top of my arbitrary best of Austin list. But, his care in song craft is what’s always made him so special, whether working on other people’s music, or the careful layers he adds to his own work. Here’s to hoping Goodnight, Plum builds on all that we know and love about Taft.
There’s a new album on the horizon for Magic Rockers of Texas, coming some time early next year. Today, the band have been so kind as to share one of the tracks off said record, illustrating the furious pop energy the band bring to the forefront. It’s a quick hitter, jumping in with a furious scuzzed guitar riff from the get go, built to tear through speakers while the vocal melody sucks you in with seductive pop sensibility. Plus, who wouldn’t love some great riffage in the middle of the tune, just to show off their musicianship. Upbeat and fun, the way we like our rock n’ roll. They celebrate the new single tonight at Hole in the Wall!
There’s something about Chase DeMaster’s writing for Get a Life that seems built for the every-man. It’s accessible and hook-laden, crafted with just enough flare of indifference to make the cool kids swoon. It probably doesn’t hurt that Yuuki Matthews (Shins) handled the production for the recording; it’s clear that there’s a sense of layered pop sensibility, particularly in the way vocals are trapped on top of one another. Of course, no great pop song is complete with out its ability to relate to the listener, so just spend time listening to all the people telling Chase to get a job in this song. You’ll know exactly how he feels, which likely means we’ll all find ourselves relating to the hooks and lyrics from the band’s new album, Our Band Could Be Your Life, out next February.
In case you didn’t notice our earlier Best of Indiepop, we’re huge Fanclub fans over at ATH, which says a lot considering the band’s a pretty fresh face on the Austin scene. But, those who loved Letting Up Despite Great Faults complete understand where we’re coming from, don’t you? If you’re new to the band, just let the synth lines that open this track pulse through your speaker; they hit heavy, almost forcing a nice foot-stomping dance move. Of course, the perfect dose of pop sensibility is a blend of the light jangling guitars matched with singer Leslie’s softly curled vocal notes. I love how the beat hits hard at the end, fighting Leslie for your attention; it’s beautifully cacophonous. The band will be dropping their debut All the Same EP this coming January via Friendly Reminder, so if you’re ready to start a fanclub for Fanclub, you just let me know!
Pleasure Venom continues their barrage of EPs with another excellent connection of punky rockers. Audrey Campbell is the frontwoman you’ve all been looking for, witty and powerful, stealing your soul through your speakers; it’s a good thing, I promise.
Housewarming offer up the softer side of town sharing a single from their forthcoming Sasha EP. It’s light guitar pop, for folks into other local acts like Daphne Tune or Hovvdy. The two singles they’ve shared thus far indicate a confidence in their sound that immediately puts the rest of our city on notice for great things to come.
We’ve long been supporters of Roger Sellers and his Bayonne project; he’s been one of Austin’s most creative artists over the last several years. For those unfamiliar, just listen below, as Roger builds layer upon layer, honing in on just the right dose of pop sensibility to guarantee listeners always come back for more. There’s quite a bit going on behind this track, so it’ll be interesting to see Roger pull those textures out in the live setting. I bet we get a chance at that real soon, as Roger’s just announced Drastic Measures, his new LP, which will drop in February of next year!
We were really happy that Indigo Bunting jumped on the Austin music scene, rising from the ashes of our faves Tiger Waves. Over the weekend, they quietly dropped their first L,P Clip Show, and boy are you in for a surprise. Opening track “Circus Circus” sounds just like the title, a collage of pop moments layered atop each other in an organized fashion. The whole album has the group at their most playful, and yet the most contemplative; take a listen to “Celia” for a perfect example on that note. You also won’t want to miss the standout tune, “Solitaire,” which might be one of my favorite tracks to come out of Austin this year! It sounds like Animal Collective just hung out with the Flaming Lips getting weird while listening to Coma Cinema…so you know I think it’s a win.
We’ve long been supporters of Leslie Sisson’s outfit, Moving Panoramas, and we might be even more impressed by the group’s newest single. It starts with this krautrock cum psychedelic guitar and keyboard line, pushing the pace from the get-go before we even get a hint of the vocals; it’s a fairly primal power, which works in contrast to Sisson’s voice. And what a performance by Leslie here. She carries this pristine sparkle to notes that dreamily soar over the top of the musical mix, aided by some warm “aahs” to flesh out the vibe. It’s one of those rare tracks that balances the walk between heavy and saccharine; you’ll find this track on the band’s next LP, In Two, dropping in February via Modern Outsider.