If you’ve been kicking it with NPR, then the odds are you might have heard this new track from Brass Bed, but in case you haven’t, we’ll just give it a little space here since I loved their underrated first LP. The opening of this tune sound sort of muddy, but the pop tendencies of the group build shortly after the one-minute marker, letting you glimpse what I’ve come to love about the band. Their new effort In the Yellow Leaf will be released on April 15th via Modern Outsider, so lets not sleep on the band this go round, okay?
This Mirror Travel song has been floating around for a few days, and seeing as we’ve followed the band since their Follow That Bird origin, it only makes sense we give it a light of day here. Things sound a little dreamier here, though the guitar still has a similar effect that matches the voice of Laura Green. Listening on repeat, the record seems like it will have a slightly darker, more ethereal manner to it, leaving plenty of room for psychedelic dream states. Look for Cruise Deal to hit on March 11th via Modern Outsider.
I’ve mentioned UK band The Crookes several times before on our website and the band has always been hovering a bit in that not huge yet should be area. Today I think the band may be breaking out with this new single “The World is Waiting”. This is truly a brit pop gem here with some incredible, driving guitars and this overall sense of urgency permeating through. I’m seeing a lot to be enjoyed here.
The Crookes will drop Lucky Ones via Modern Outsider on January 29th.
If you ask people who spend their time scouring the net for great tunes, you’re likely to hear their opinion that The Secret Will Keep You is one of those untouched gems that was overlooked by far too many people. So with that, expectations for Brass Bed are really high as we head into the cycle for their new album. This new single definitely pushes things in the right direction; it’s got an incredible beat and these swirling guitars working right behind the vocal. Just picture an upbeat song by the Walkmen, filled with an airy vocal, and you’ll know just why this succeeds. The single comes out next week, but look for a full length in early 2016 via Modern Outsider.
Our scene is pretty damn good, so it doesn’t really surprise me that locals Moving Panoramas have got a great single and album on the horizon to give to you. If you haven’t heard or seen this three piece around town somehow, you need to change that immediately and have a listen to “One,” below. When you hit play, you’ll be charmed by their effortless dream gaze with noticeable hints of Best Coast and Dum Dum Girls. One is also the name of the upcoming album from these ladies, which you can look forward to in October of this year on Modern Outsider. So take a listen to the hazily hooky track below and stay alert for upcoming tour dates around town from Moving Panoramas; you don’t want to miss out on this.
We had a great line up for the Alex Napping record release. Soft Swells was in town on their maiden tour. Lowin opened things up strong. We saw friends form Punctum Records, we saw friends from Modern Outsider. There were stories about a simultaneous 99 beer shotgunning. Merch and merriment at Cheer Up Charlies…
Click through for a few more thoughts and plenty of pics.
It’s Friday, and you need something to do. You’re in Austin, looking for a great show. Problem solved, you should be at Cheer Up Charlies for the anticipated release of Alex Napping‘s debut LP, courtesy of Punctum Records. It’d be easy to just say, go see Alex Cohen play; she and the band are great. And that’s very true. But, in order to draw a solid crowd, you’ve got to have some great opening acts, like Big Bill, Soft Swells and Lowin. Big Bill‘s oddball garage rock never fails to impress. Soft Swells are on the trustworthy label, Modern Outsider (local label!). Lowin, well, let’s just say this is one of the next big things to get out of Austin. Solid bill from start to finish. Get there at 8 in time for things to kick off!
Feel like today is a good day to listen to great pop tunes, helping to revitalize my booze infused body after a long weekend. This new track that just came in from Soft Swells is doing just the right trick, filling the speakers with polite harmonies. The track grabs you immediately, opening with vocals that carefully wait for the rolling drums to carry them the rest of the way. It’s the first single from the band’s new album, Floodlights, which will see a September 30th release from our friends over at Modern Outsider. Enjoy your listen.
Here’s a fun jam called “Play Dumb” coming your way from UK based band The Crookes. The trask isn’t one that you should spend too much time trying to overanalyze with labels and whatnot, just enjoy the beats. This could be one to watch out for in 2014.
New album, SOAPBOX, will be available for purchase on April 15th via Modern Outsider.
It’s been quite sometime since we’ve heard from local boys The Black & White Years. Today we heard through the wire that the band have recently finished a new album for a planned release early next year. Prior to that date, the band are sending out this new track, “Little One”, to drum up some publicity for the new album. When I hear the track, I think, “yeah that’s the Black & White Years”. What does that mean exactly? To me, the band has made a name for themselves as a dance-pop, almost experimental electronica sounding band, and that’s what I hear on this tune. Count me in.
Get your hands on new album Strange Figurines on January 10th via Modern Outsider.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/LittleOne.mp3]
Download: The Black & White Years – Little One [MP3]