We worked with the guys in Chapter Music to bring the excellent Crayon Fields to our SXSW show a few years ago, so I always like to keep track of what the label has going on. They’re about to release A Fool Who’ll by songwriter Laura Jean on September 3rd, and I’m sure they’d be happy to send you a copy via the old fashioned mail. Jean’s playing a somewhat muted guitar, quietly whispering “im missing you” to begin the track, but it’s her vocal performance that grabs you once the drums join in on the accompaniment. This is definitely a heartbreak song, and I’m definitely a huge sucker for such types. What are your thoughts?
Download: Laura Jean – Missing You [MP3]
What? You haven’t heard of Hit the Jackpot? Well, we’ve got you covered. The group hail from Australia, and they’re lined up with the excellent people over at Chapter Music, home to ATH favorites The Crayon Fields. They’re about to release a cassette with CM, but it’s going to be super-limited, so us US folks might find it hard to get our hands on it, but that doesn’t mean we can’t head over the band’s site and give it a listen. The Holiday Tape is seven tracks, and all I’ve listened to sound pretty spectacular, in my humble opinion. The opener, “Holiday” sounds like something you would have expected Sonic Youth to do, or you expect them to do, when they allow Kim to take the microphone, and use her gruffly warm vocals to approximate a pop song. These are the kind of things that win our hearts over at ATH, so give it a chance to make your day.
Download: Hit the Jackpot – Holiday [MP3]
We’ve got more great news from our friend over at Chapter Music in Australia. Geoffrey O’Connor, the lead man behind one of our favorites, The Crayon Fields, will be releasing a new solo record for everyone to enjoy early next Spring. Based on this first track, it’s a slower affair, illustrating Geoffrey’s ability to control the melodies within his mind. While it may be a slow-burner, it definitely has me excited, as I’ve loved everything I’ve heard from him up until now, so the guy can’t go wrong in my book. You might also go back and look for Geoffrey’s old solo work under the name Sly Hats.
Download: Geoffrey O’Connor – Now And Then [MP3]
During SXSW I was hanging with some of the guys from the incredible Chapter Music, based in Australia. Not only were these guys super nice, but they gave me some tunes I probably wouldn’t have gotten otherwise. One of my favorites is Dick Diver, who definitely have everything to do with the current jangle-pop scene in the States, though hailing from Australia, they probably don’t get the coverage they deserve. Sunny classic guitar sounds and peculiar vocal delivery are too much for me to not point you to this great Australian gem. If you dig it, you can get this from Chapter Music on the bands Arks Up 7″.
Download: Dick Diver – Purgatory [MP3]