If you’ve been around the Austin music scene in the past few years, you’ve likely seen Josh Halpern behind the drum kit in many of your favorite bands; he drums in Marmalakes, whose debut we put out on ATH Records. Now, he’s stepping out on his own, under the name J Halp. It’s a subdued little number, kind of hopping along on the back of a piano line as it entrances you with its subtlety. The twist comes in just after the 1 minute mark where Josh kind of gives you glimpses of the direction he’s going, combing chilled loops with a little R&B inflection. The Ahlen EP will be out on July 24th, so congrats to Josh on his new endeavor!
Though you may not know the name, Brisbane based Sir Bobby Jukebox, is definitely a guy you know us or from other music sites. Most of his time has been spent with his ATH approved band No Monster Club, be he’s also spent time with Grand Pocket Orchestra and Paddy Hanna. Basically, the dude is busy. Well now the magical music man is stepping out on his own with his first music as a completely solo musician. He’s offered this song “You Only Dance” as a preview for what he’s been working on and I’m immediately drawn into the catchy as hell beats and fun vibe. Though it clocks in at over 7 minutes, you will be finding yourself sucked in and engaged for the tracks entirety.
Con Davison is a very talented, Austin, TX raised musician who currently resides in Saint Paul, MN. In the past Con has typically been a drummer, supporting other songwriters, but he’s now finally ready to step out and share his very own tunes. Here today is the very first song of Con Davison’s solo career entitled “Somebody Else”. It’s a piano driven bit of pop music that is essentially playful pop music while keeping things focused with a soft guitar and expertly timed drums.
Con is currently working on a full EP of new material with no release date currently announced.
You better believe we have even more SXSW interviews coming your way this week! Today we’ve gone just a little bit left of our normal coverage with solo artist (though she travels with a band) Genevieve. Many of you may remember her from time spent as the leading lady of Chicago based indie rock group Company of Thieves. Well now she’s out on her own and ready to catch Austin by storm. Follow the jump for her answers.