We’ve been keeping an eye on Texas outfit El Campo for quite some time, and we’re really pleased to share with you “New Criticism,” a new tune from the band’s forthcoming LP. The songs below are quite powerful, seemingly sprawling across the great landscape of Texas; I’m particularly in love with the way Jarid Morris’ voice soars just beneath the 3 minute mark…a pretty powerful moment. However, this song is also marked by hardship, as is the entirety of the new record; lead songwriter Jarid was dealing with lymphoma while drafting these songs…and there’s an honesty in staring at death that I feel comes across, particularly in the accompanying demo version we’ve posted below. Goldun Stair, Meet You There will be out soon…and we hope you’ll spend some time listening below.
Sometimes you make mistakes, and I made one letting this El Campo release sit in my inbox for a few days because I just can’t stop playing it. Perhaps the most impressive thing about this new Bend and Color EP is that it takes the band’s folk/country stylings and expands, like “Deceiver,” which seems to look towards sunny California for sonic influences. Don’t fret longtime fans, as the band still holds true to who they’ve always been…just listen to the opener “Exitos Mixtos” or “Pink Bubble.” It’s good to see growth, but always just as great to hear really good songs from bands you love. It’s available now from the group’s BANDCAMP.
We’re big fans of El Campo over here at ATH, and the band are giving away a few new hits today…so we figured you should take notice. The first is a newly pinned hit, building on the expansive sound the band have continuously built over their last few releases…adding depth to the current sound of Americana; the musicianship alone should warrant your ears. Then, they spin a new sound on Desaparecidos recent hit, “City on the Hill.” Honestly, this version is way better than the original, and the lyrics seem quite fitting to the band’s sound. They’re giving these tunes away, in hopes that you’ll be in love enough to come back for more…and I promise you will.
El Campo came onto my radar a few years ago with a little work they did for Punctum Records, but the band has been really hard at work over the last year, touring all over, and even having time to sit together and record this track off their recent Double AA record. I love the video, illustrating not only the pop-centric Americana, but the bond of friendship shared by the band members themselves. This is our, and your, first glimpse of the family-style video…hopefully it point out why you should check these boys out. Oh, and where can you see them? They’re playing this Friday night at Lamberts with Wiretree. Doors for the show are at 10 PM (More info HERE). See you there? If not, grab the new AA record HERE.
El Campo first came to my attention when they released the great Flexi Disc on Punctum Records, which was soon followed by Remember, their debut full-length. Not a band to sit around, they’ve returned again with a brand new song from their forthcoming Double A Side EP, “Sloe-Eyed.” Not to diminish their earlier work, but the execution of this song definitely stands out among their catalog; the voice of Jerid Morris works really well here, soaring to heights with the perfect tone whilst banjo and sliding guitars move behind him. There seems to be some youthful vitality to this song, while still holding true to the progressive country vibe. They’ll be releasing the EP soon, with a nice February tour heading up the Midwest and out to the East. Keep an eye on these guys…it’s for your own good.
If you’re in the mood for a uniquely pressed felix-disc then I think your best bet this week is to order the new single from Austin’s El Campo. The song features a prominent bit of banjo playing, but while that may hint at a country-infused number, you’ll hear much more of a warm pop approach in the delivery of the vocals. Personally, I think the group is one of the more dynamic acts in town, able to walk that line between folk/americana and pop music; you can’t help but to love the tracks that are featured on this release. You’ll be able to pick it up this Friday at Cheer Up Charlies, or order it from their label, and our friends, over at Punctum Records.