I’ve loved a lot of music, but one of the acts I always tried to turn folks onto was Black Marble; I’ve even used these here pages to support the project. It seems that promise is finally coming to the forefront, as today they announced their signing to Sacred Bones Records. Chris Stewart, the man behind the project, has altered his craft for this new LP; he’s admittedly pushed the vocals to the front and sort of stripped them of various effects that accompanied his earlier works. And, while this began to emerge on It’s Immaterial, the beats here are pretty sharp, yet also really sparse, letting you focus on their intent as the lyrics sink into your skin. The new LP is titled Bigger Than Life and it will be out on October 25th! There is also a scheduled tour date at Austin’s Levitation festival too!
A few months ago we got a great new single from The Royal Landscaping Society; it was just two quick tunes, barely enough to satiate pop fans. But, and I’m only guessing here, the Spanish duo have popped out another forthcoming single, or maybe even an album…as there’s not much news from their label Matinee Recordings, other than, of course, uploading this track to the Internet. It’s got a nice electronic pulse beneath, offset by these lighter keyboard notes, building a dense cavern of catchy pop music from which the vocals emanate to wash over the listener. I’m on board with anything this bunch does, so I’ll keep you posted as I hear more about this release.
If you’ve not heard of Pastel Ghost, then we advise you to revisit Abyss (2015), as you’ll see how the artist has risen. But, Vivian Moon has relocated from Cali to Austin, with her sound fitting in nicely to the current dance/electronic scene the city’s fostering. Listening to the latest single from Ethereality, I can’t help but draw comparisons to Crystal Castles…the good pop songs before we discovered that guy was trash. It’s got a huge driving hook that bounces while the vocals come in with just a bit of effects in order to blend the voice into the track’s natural texture. Seems like a great dance tune for late at night, or, as is the case, early this morning; feel the song power through you, let your arms wave free in the air! You can grab the new LP from Cleopatra Records now! Austin fans can catch the act on October 5th at Elysium for the album release party!
I’ve spent my mornings trying to wrap up assignments with my students, and now that it’s my off-period, I’m just staring aimlessly at the world outside my classroom window. What’s the soundtrack to that longing gaze of freedom? It’s that new tune from Bjorn Torske. It opens with this ambient collage, but then kicks it in with a groovy shimmy, so I’m bobbing my head and shaking it a little…as my mind wanders beyond the walls. It’s the perfect afternoon treat, equal parts melodious and upbeat. You’ll find this tune on his new LP, and first in 8 years; it’s titled Byen, and drops on July 6th via Smalltown Supersound.
And now for something completely different… If you couldn’t tell by my early morning song, I’m in a bit of a weird mood today and am looking to share some tracks you might not normally hear on ATH. Continuing that style is this track called “Megalophobia” from Brooklyn based artist Nomads. The song is completely instrumental and features an addictive beat throughout and some crazy rising action near the end. It’s totally addictive and continues to improve with each and every listen.
Nomads have been releasing a new song every month and will continue to do so until the end of the year. Stay tuned.
Guess I’m really feeling the electronic bug today, as I’m bringing out this Doldrums hit to keep you focused on the new album, Esc. Airick Woodhead’scraft seems to take on a poppier side of glitchy vibes, though there are some synthetic touches that smooth the path for a pop underbelly. You’ve got to figure that’s on purpose ashe brings in his vocals, further polishing the song up. I love the little heavy beats that pop up from time to time in the distance. June 30th will see the release of his latest album, so be sure to mark it on your radar if you lean towards the electronic side of pop.
While the rock n’ roll scene is clearly alive and flourishing in Austin, lets not forget the incredible electronic scene that continues to inspire. The latest rising star is Curved Light, the project of synth composer Peter Tran. I love the gradual build to this song, especially as the tension pushes and pushes the listener right until the song’s last gasp. Don’t come here looking for that euphoric release, as this is clearly more about composition and structure, of the electronic sort. Look for a brand new batch of compositions on his Channelview mix coming out via Holodeck on this Friday.
Clearly Holodeck had a banner year last year with all they deserved hype around Survive, but they’ve been fostering incredible electronic music here in Austin for some time, much like producer VVV. Throughout the last few years he’s released several EPs and tracks specializing in his thought provoking intelligent dance music, and Why El Paso Sky is a collection of b-sides and rarities in hopes your ears will pay closer attention as he preps more tunes for you in 2017. Settle into the cold dreary morning that is today with this tune, and grab it from Holodeck on March 10th.
Many of you know that songs such as this one from Brodet aren’t usually my bag, but sometimes the right song comes along and I’m swayed. This one is called “Ultra Friend” and is a sort of murkey and dark bit of pop music. Think bands like The Knife or Fever Ray and you’d be pretty close to the sounds created here. My apologies to the band, my computer won’t let my type or copy an umlaut for some reason….
Expect a new EP from Brodet in September.
Man Odonis Odonis has picked up some heavy coverage on ATH over the years and I consider most of our writers and contributors as fans. With that said, this new track from the band features a bit of a different direction than what we’ve grown accustomed to. Sure the heavy sound is still apparent, but damn if the guys haven’t added in some crazy electronic elements similar to a band like Cold Cave or even NIN. Paired with their old flare for heavy rockers, this new electronic element is creating something truly powerful and downright badass. I’m on board for more of this.
New album Post Plague will hit stores on June 17th via Felte Records.