Sam Evian, nee Sam Owens, originally came to my attention on Need You, his collaboration with the adored Chris Cohen. Today, news comes our way that there will be a new record from Sam, titled You, Forever. Our first listen has these softened vocals churning throughout, solidifying the track’s natural melody. But, Owen’s seems willing to throw down on some jams too, building some extensive solos into this track (and some sax too). It ends up being a crunchy hook-laden jam, something you might expect from a Kurt Vile in the early days. This new LP will drop June 1st via Saddle Creek.
Are you ready to dance the day away? Well, then you’ve come to the right place, as Twinsmith are trying to their damndest to get you out of that chair and onto the dance floor with “You & I.” This song has all the trappings of a summer banger– infectious synth riffs that spiral through the whole tune, bombastic percussion which encourages head bobbing and tight knight guitar riffs. I personally like how the track’s instrumentation screams radio hit, but the vocals are pared down to that of a classic indie rock gem. Take a listen and get on board before Twinsmith blows up.
Their new album,Stay Cool, will be out July 14 viaSaddle Creek Records.
It’s no surprise that Brooklyn’s Big Thief keep rolling out the hits as they approach the release of their sophomore album. The group has been hard at work making a name for themselves and when they release singles like “Shark Smile,” you can’t help but fall for them. This track is as devastating as it is gorgeous–Adrianne Lenker’s smoky vocals and the dark lyrics pack a heavy one-two emotive punch. The song lingers in this simmering swirl of folk rock with piercing electric guitar that throws a little snarl in there. Take a listen below.
Capacitywill be out June 9 via Saddle Creek Records. Pre-order it here.
As the musical climate seems to pull from our parent’s music catalogs, looks like we could add Twinsmith as one of the acts polishing off smoothed out pop tropes. It’s like a wonderful combination of yacht rock and your favorite 80s movie soundtracks…and that’s not to knock the band in any way. Their hooks are infectious, yet not overstated, allowing you to slide right into the natural groove. The band have just signed onto Saddle Creek for the release of their album, Stay Cool, which will hit stores on July 14th.
I first had the pleasure of becoming acquainted with Big Thief a few months back when they stopped into town and opened for Here We Go Magic. Instantly, their live act caught my attention– the striking and unique vocals of front lady,Adrianne Lenker creating a distinct impression from the start. I’m pleased to share with you a single from their upcoming album,Masterpiece, with you today. “Real Love” plays with the start/stop format of a track, and combines folk and rock aspects. My favorite aspect of the song is the way the vocals mirrorand play with the guitar parts, making the track come across as simultaneously soft and jagged. Take a listen and get ready for this band to be all the rage in internet land… and check them out at SXSW!
Masterpiece will be out May 27th via Saddle Creek Records.
I’ve admitted to my adoration for Rural Alberta Advantage, but I was slightly skeptical with their last single, but it seems like this new one has things right back on track. There’s just something about the vocals that always stick with me; it’s as if they don’t quite fit the music, yet they clearly fit perfectly into the band’s well-crafted sound. It sounds like country-stomping indie rock, and not the Americana sort, but somewhere more developed, somewhere less-traveled perhaps. I look forward to the group’s new effort, Mended with Gold, which comes out on September 30th via Saddle Creek Records.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/05-Runners-In-The-Night.mp3]
Download: Runners In The Night [MP3]
I’m really excited about the new album from Rural Alberta Advantage; they always find a way to weave themselves perfectly into my life. This new single sounds huge, production-wise, which comes with a bit of trepidation, but I love the piano matched with male/female singing. I’m hoping that while the record has a larger quality that it still holds the intimacy the band has used in their earlier recordings; there’s a nice touch of it at the end of this song. Mended with Gold will be released on September 30th via Saddle Creek; I’m hoping for the best.
It seems like it has been rather quiet on the PUJOL front lately, as I expected more people to be fawning over the musician’s new work. His past work was well received, and I think this new single demonstrates the dynamic approach he’s taken with his writing on the new album, Kludge. Rather than just push forward with pace, he slows things down, building the song around a nice melody. He does go off into the noisy guitar solo near the end, but don’t let that detract from how great of a ballad this tune is. You can pick up the new LP from Saddle Creek on May 19th.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/05-Dark-Haired-Suitor.mp3]
When we caught PUJOL at SXSW this year I was surprisingly energetically his set came off; he was more punk rock than garage pop. But, as the date draws near for the release of his United States of Being, which hits on June 5th via Saddle Creek, it seems that he’s going to show a bit more restraint on his recorded material. There’s a gruffness to his vocal performance, but he’s not banging out the song like when we caught his live set. This isn’t a bad thing, and if anything, it only ups the ante on his shows…giving audiences a full dosage of energy and pop. Check out the new single.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/pujol-providence_2012-05-23-102357-4137-0-0-0.128.mp3]
Download:PUJOL – Providence [MP3]
It’s Friday and that means Spring Break’s here! In honor, I wanted to toss up some funky hits today, like this catchy new tune from Icky Blossoms. This is definitely a dance track, and I’d love to hear it in the club (you know versus my laptop); the song is the debut single from the group’s upcoming debut on Saddle Creek. Dave from TV on the Radio is producing it, so you know there’s a man with tastes behind the knobs. The band will be here for SXSW too, so turn it up, shake it a little, and lets get ready to party.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/01Babes.mp3]
Download:Icky Blossoms – Babes [MP3]