Fresh Pop from Cloud Control

Cloudcontrol_small_tbd_photographerSeveral years ago we threw a chilled out little SXSW party, and we were more than excited to have Cloud Control closing the night out for us over at Empire Automotive.  The band has taken some time releasing new material, but I’m completely okay with that, as this new jam is perfect for Monday morning.  It’s bright in every regard, be it the emotional pull or the sound itself.  It’s a track you won’t be able to get out of your head, and you won’t complain about that fact either.  They’ll be releasing their new album Dream Cave in the US on September 17th; we can’t wait.

New Mellow Jam From Cloud Control

cloudcontrolAussie group Cloud Control is a band we have close ties to here at ATH since they played one our SXSW parties a few years ago. Today the band has sent along this new track called “Dojo Rising” which is the first we’ve heard from the group since the release of their great indie pop record Bliss Release in 2011. The track shows a sense of growing up a bit and maturing their sound with an added hint of electronic synths in place of the familiar jangly pop guitars. I dig the stylistic change as it makes the band a bit more enticing and versatile as the move forward creatively.

New album Dream Cave will be coming stateside on September 17th via Votiv.

New Tune from Cloud Control

We’ve been huge supporters of Australia’s Cloud Control, so much so that we had the group play our SXSW Party this year.  Lucky for us, the band are gearing up for a brief trip to the States this summer while they focus their work on their upcoming debut, rumored to be out later this year.  It’s tracks like this new one, with it’s amped up folk tendencies that really got us hooked on the group, giving them a place in the purgatory of indie realms, dwelling somewhere between pop gems and folk revisionists.  You give us stomping percussion, clear guitars and some juxtaposed male/female vocals, and we’ll gladly swoon over anything you toss our way. Thanks again Cloud Control.

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Download: Cloud Control – Meditation Song 2 (Why, Oh Why) [MP3]

Top Ten SXSW Artists

It has taken us just about a week to come to a reasonable consensus about who we loved the most during SXSW.  We compiled our lists based on individual preferences and tried to give you a broad range of acts, so now you can consider our SXSW coverage complete with our list of the ten best bands we saw.

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ATH & Songsinc Party @ Empire Garage/Side Bar (3/17)

Today we are pleased to announce our 3rd annual unofficial SXSW show during the madness of the festival next week.  This year we decided to go with a night show as opposed to a day show since many of you have voiced complaints about not enough good music to see at night.  Well here you are people, we have partnered with our friends over at Songsinc to bring you a show at Empire Garage (next door to Side Bar).  Deets are as follow:

Thursday March 18th

– Location: Empire Garage

– Doors: 7pm/Music 8pm

– Lineup (in order of appearance with links):

Ash ReiterShe SirThe FlingEulogiesCloud ControlOne AM Radio

This show is totally free and open to the public with no RSVP, wristband, badge or other B.S. needed to get in.  Just come out and have a good time while listening to some great music at one of the best bars in Austin.  You’d probably be at Side Bar anyway right?  The two places are connected so come on over and say hi.  We’re also very pleased to have Floyd’s Barbershop, Dangerbird Records, and Sweetish Hill Bakery on board to help put on this event.  You can also help us promote by liking the event on facebook, Do512 and Ning.

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Download: Cloud Control – There’s Nothing In The Water We Can’t Fight [MP3]