We’ve got a great scene here in Austin, that’s no secret, but it never fails to warm my heart when a local can kill it both in the local and national scene, which is precisely what Emily Cross has done not only with her act, Cross Record, but also with her work in Loma. I’m pleased to share a new track from Cross Record off her forthcoming LP. “PYSOL My Castle” does what every great song from Cross Record has done in the past, which is put the spotlight on Cross’ incredible vocals. What’s different on this track is the instrumentation seems more keen on electronic elements–you get layers of soft synths from the get-go, and the whole tune feels subtler than before. I’m excited to hear more from this upcoming record, which will be out on 8/2 via Ba Da Bing! Pre-order it here.
It’s been a few years since Lady Lamb has popped up on our radar, but today comes news that she’ll be releasing her 3rd full length, Even in the Tremor. Through the first minute of the song, there’s little more than Aly’s voice and this pulse/beat, letting her voice and lyrics do the work. But, as we saw with After, her song’s grow with power and that emphatic burst at the 1 minute mark as the song continues to develop. I love how the song sort of dips and dives, recedes beneath itself then jumps back through your speakers; it gives off the aura of a live performance, which is something at which to marvel. Even in the Tremor is out April 5th via Ba Da Bing, with a nice little tour to coincide with the release.
It seems like single after single that Tiny Ruins craft another gem that is destined for repeated listens throughout my day. On their latest tune, there’s a dominating performance from Hollie Fullbrook, but the little details hanging in the air are what make the song. I love the way the guitar lines sort of dangle and twist in the air, matched by the breathy backing “oohs” that added this dreamy quality to the track. I’m just going to keep fawning over this group until their huge, then I’ll say the first album was better…that or I’ll just up my hype when Olympic Girls hits on February 1st via Ba Da Bing.
Feel like we’ve been hanging out with the Oceanic region a great deal today (Terry, The Ocean Party), so why not wrap up Wednesday with this gorgeous number from New Zealand’s Tiny Ruins. Hollie Fullbrook and her band have just signed with Ba Da Bing, for their first North American release…but those with a keen ear have surely heard the project. I like the fragility of Fullbrook’s voice, draped over the careful orchestration behind her; there’s a gradual swell to the song that seems to make it rise, only for the band to just let it hang in the air. Should be a busy year for Tiny Ruins.
Wooing is the relatively recent project of Rachel Trachtenberg, who many of you might recognize for her role as the drummer in the Trachtenberg Family Slideshow Players. She’s move one, grown up and begun a project with several friends. Today, we’re here with the band’s “In Colour” video, which provides a wonderful glimpse at the music the group is concocting. The first 1.5 minutes here are intimate, softened vocals and carefully picked chords; it’s the perfect set-up for what is soon to follow. Sampled vocals and rolling drums enter the picture, changing the sonic landscape into one of experimental pop music that excites through to the end. The trio have just released their Daydream Time Machine EP via Ba Da Bing!
As year-end lists get more and more arbitrary, I decided I didn’t really want to play that game with our local Austin scene. Instead, I wanted to celebrate the excellent year Austin had, musically speaking, and encourage you to go grab copies of the things that suit your fancy. As it gets harder and harder for our musicians and labels to survive, lip service, sadly, just doesn’t cut it. So why not pick up something for all those you love…or just wish had better tastes!
There’s a long history of great New Zealand bands that we don’t need to tell you about, but you should be excited that there’s a new export by the name of Kane Strang that should entice your ears. He’ll be releasing his first complete album via Ba Da Bing and Flying Nun, so alone, that should get you listening. For my two cents, the churning guitar riffs layered on top of one another, much like the vocals in parts of the song, definitely create an intoxicating feeling; it’s all matched by the internal harmonies that permeate the tune. Look for Blue Cheese to make an impression on February 26th.
This is one of those singles that came across by recommendation, as I hadn’t actually heard of Kane Strang until now…but it carried whispers of Flying Nun/Ba Da Bing teamwork to bring it to light, so I had to listen. Of course, there’s that circular guitar ring that seems to have been crafted out of New Zealand, but what really perked my ears is the stabbing keyboard noise coming in from the distant background. Apparently the majority of this recording was done while housesitting alone at his parents, giving off a feeling of isolation that was hinted by an earlier collection of demos. Look for Blue Cheese to make it’s way to the US on February 26th via the aforementioned labels.
This new single is one of my favorites on the newCross Recordalbum. I think the biggest thing for me is the slight bit of static that slightly crackles through your speakers; it seems like some sort of distant message that’s slowly making its way to your ears. Compound that with the varying textures/layers place atop the vocals then you’ll end up with a very avant bit of craftsmanship. I mean, even the explosive IDM touch at the very end is spectacular. Look for Wabi Sabion January 29th via Ba Da Bing.
I’v really been enjoying this track “Love More” by Sharon Van Etten over the last few days so I wanted to share it with you guys. The song already appeared on a 7″ single back in February, but will also appear on the songwriters new album Epic. You can get your hands on the new sophomore album from Sharon on October 5th via Ba Da Bing Records. You can have a listen to more of her music over on myspace.