Ramesh has been going it alone since his famed Voxtrot outfit called it a day. Fortunately, he works at his own pace, offering singles from time to time, always enjoyable. This new track has a huge vocal performance from Ramesh, with the instrumentation slowly building throughout the song’s core. Perhaps its because we once released a Ramesh LP, or just because I spent a ton of time with Voxtrot, but his voice always has this famliarity to it, with an added emotive power now that guitars have quieted a bit in place of synths. His keen ear for orchestrated pop is clearly on display below, so enjoy.
The weather was absolutely perfect. We were given blue skies, the occasional cloud, a lovely breeze to pair with some of the best music heard at SxSW. I mean, Diet Cig, The Spook School, Beverly and Brothers In Law to name a few, and add splendid local talent like Summer Salt, Rose Selavy, Ramesh and an Austin reunion of Literature. How can I dare say there was even more awesome?
Check out words from Team ATH about best-ofs, hashtag all of it kicked ass, and plenty of pics.
I was really happy to be part of the release of Ramesh‘s solo debut, The King (still a few copies left HERE). But, Ramesh is currently in and out of the studio working on new music for his follow-up…and I’m happy to share this tune with you today. He’s narrowed the band down a little bit in the last few months, at least in the live setting, so I think “Redemption” is the perfect piece to introduce this phase. You’ll still hear elements of the dreamy pop he’s known for, but this time, you’ll hear a more forceful band behind him. For now, this is just a taste of what we can be assured are great things to come.
SXSW is nearing, and ATH has been working with our friends at ATX Popfest to bring you what we know is THE place to be on Wednesday, March 16th. Welcome to the Jangle! Those of you who are pop fans need to come over to Spider House on that day, starting at 12 PM. It’s ALL AGES, and will go all day and night…filled with some of the best talent coming into town. Here’s a quick list of who all is playing: Summer Salt, Hockey Dad, Pinact, Mercury Girls, Wildhoney, Brothers In Law, Beverly, Expert Alterations, Rose Selavy, Fear of Men, September Girls, Diet Cig, Spook School, Dead Stars, Hibou, Tennis System, Literature, and Ramesh.
We’ll have more details as we get closer, but wanted you to plan on taking the day off to spend it with us.
Nathan and I were commenting on the plethora of shows going down this weekend, so I figured it’d be nice to lay it all out night by night for you so you know where you need to be to hear the best tunes. I’ve got all your options broken up by days and if you play your cards right, it could be a weekend filled to the brim with great local and visiting acts. See for yourself after the jump and prep with some tunes… a few more hours and it’s the weekend!
One of the new albums coming out this year that has me waiting anxiously is the new LP from Australia’s Crayon Fields. They’ve been one of my favorites, but had been relatively until the last few months when they announced No One Deserves You. I’m on pins and needles here, and the newest single isn’t going to deter me. Interestingly, the vocals of singer O’Connor sound vaguely similar to Ramesh of Voxtrot, and there’s a definite synth drive going on here too that hooks listeners. Their new album is being released by Chapter Music on September 25th, so you better ready to fall in love.
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Alright, summer’s about to be over for most of the ATH crew as we head back to school, so you can bet we want to enjoy the last weekend of true freedom with some great live music. Lucky for you I’ve got the full rundown of all the shows you’ll want to hit up this weekend and some tracks to get you psyched to go out and support your local scene.
Super Thief, Tunic, Xetas, Back Legs at Beerland // 9 pm
Mother Falcon, RF Shannon, Quintessential Clarinet Quintet at The North Door // 8pm
Daniel Johnston, Dana Falconberry at the Mohawk // 8pm
Ramesh, Roses, The Sour Notes, Moving Panoramas at Hotel Vegas // 9pm
BLXPLTN at Radio Coffee & Beer // 10pm
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We’ve made no secret of adoration for former Voxtrot frontman, Ramesh. We even went so far as to help make sure you could grab his first solo LP on vinyl (it’s right HERE). He’s one of my favorite songwriters, period, and he recently sent me a tune he worked on with his friend Emeen. There’s some great arrangement work on this track, highlighted with Ramesh’s careful vocal and a swelling sound pushed forth by the piano. No word on if this is just a one off, or if Ramesh is going back in the studio to bring you his second album, but we’ll let you know as we do. Now you can enjoy your Friday with this great tune.
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Looks like this year’s going to be a great one for Yuma. The band has already released one new track, with this fresh number sure to stop you in your tracks. “Loglo” is the name of the tune, and it’s likely to be one of the best pop tracks to come out of Austin this year. You’ll hear a nice groove crafting a playful atmosphere, and the vocals add to that effect, making it the perfect jam for your pre-summer parties. To celebrate the release of this new single, which you can grab HERE, the band will be playing an incredible show at Blackheart on Saturday night. Care Package (members of Borrisokane) opens the night, followed by Rose Selavy, Yuma and then Ramesh. If you’re not planning on being at Levitation, this is the best possible show you can attend on Saturday night; we’re happy to be a part of it.
With SXSW this year there was lots of hubbub about fewer bands and less corporate entities flooding the streets, but despite all that, I still managed to have myself a good old time. I’ve got some thoughts and awards to hand out, and these are strictly my experience, as we tried at ATH to split up and cover as much as we possibly could. You can read on, if you’ve got the time, to see what I had to say. Read more