Austin Spotlight: Balmorhea

BALMORHEA1At this point in their musical career, I’d say that Austin based group Balmorhea are easily one of the most recognize names in the indie scene.  They caught our attention around the inception of our website with their roots and atmospheric take on instrumental music.  I’m pleased to be sharing with you today their latest single called “HEIR I”.  The track has that familiar Balmorhea feel as it slowly builds towards this moment of sheer beauty about two or so minutes in.  This would a perfect song to enjoy some Sunday morning coffee.

This song appears on a brand new 7″ coming out on October 14th via Western Vinyl.

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New Slow Rocker From Woodsman

Everyone is suffering through their ACL hangover currently and the music world will surely slow down a bit over the next few days.  This new tune “Sonic Tomb” from Woodsman is exactly the kind of song that fits that mood we’re all in.  It’s a slow and methodical burner of a jam that’s an all instrumental, contemplative piece of work.  I digs it.

Woodsman are apparently currently at work on their 3rd LP with no set release date just yet.  This tune is said to be just a one and done single that may or may not make it onto the upcoming album.

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New Experimental Pop From The Dandelion War

I was close to calling this new song “Drifters” from The Dandelion War an instrumental tune since the lyrics and vocals are extremely hushed and low in the mix.  You might also rush to that conclusion upon first listen with the sounds conveyed similar to Sigur Ros meets This Will Destroy You.  It’s lengthy, it’s epic, and it’s completely open to your own interpretation.  The band have a new album, We Were Always Loyal to Lost Causes, coming on September 12th via Deep Elm Records.  Right now we’ve only got a stream for you.

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New Instrumental Jam from Balmorhea

So I’ve been hitting you in the face with rock n’ roll today, so perhaps I should pull it back a little.  Good thing this great Balmorhea track is cleared to post.  It’s an interesting listen, really giving you two different songs in one, but that’s what we’ve come to appreciate about one of Austin’s most revered acts.  I love the way the song slowly inches its way along, then with the lightest of switches, the guitar picks up a touch, the percussion moves in, and the song begins to move in a faster direction–they continue going off in this fashion as only they can. If you dig this, you can pick up the band’s new record, Stranger, on Western Vinyl October 2nd.

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Download:Balmorhea – Pyrakantha [MP3]

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