Sure. I went back to teaching this week, so technically, yes, I’m stuck on school. But for this purpose, I’m talking about the delightful Swedish quartet, School (not to be confused with the School). There’s just something super enchanting about the bounce kicked off by the snare work in conjunction with those surf-style guitar licks; or, maybe I’m also stuck on singer Alice’s wonderful voice. Regardless, this is a band I’m rather excited about at the moment, which probably isn’t that great a feat considering I’m a sucker for a nice melody. You can also check a cool little performance video the band tossed out for this single HERE.
The last time we heard from Prince Rupert’s Drops the band were dropping in with some classical spins on modern psychedelia. But, it seems as if they’ve taken those tendencies and moved in a more rock specific direction. Don’t be alarmed, there’s still a great bit of fuzz spinning out of your speakers, including a nice blistering solo. That being said, the group opens the track in a manner that might possibly lend itself towards a greater accessibility. Personally, I dig the delivery of the vocals; it’s almost playful within the grand sphere of the track. Look for their second LP, Climbing Light, via Beyond Beyond is Beyond on November 11th.
There’s some experiment going on within the Buke and Gase camp, and while I don’t completely understand the process of it all, I know that it’s led to this interesting new tune. Apparently they’ve challenged themselves to creative improv marathons, then fleshing out recordings as they learn new instruments; it would seem that pushing themselves fit them well. This song has a pulse to it that pulls you into the track, not to mention the distinctive qualities of Arone. No word on whether this tune will appear later in their recording career or they just wanted to toss you out of a taste of their continued progression, but here’s the tune nonetheless.
We’ve already featured several of the new tracks from the next Spray Paint LP, Clean Blood, Regular Acid, so why not get you hip to yet another. On this song, there’s a lot of reason to see the band as one of those outfits that only play by their own rules…the guitars take on varying tonal qualities, the gang call-and-response vocals come at you from a distant, and there’s this bending chord that swells within the tune. It kind of reminds me of Liars when they were young and didn’t give a fuck, which is perfect, as I don’t think these care about anything other than making great rock n’ roll on their own terms…albeit really great/interesting terms. You can grab their new album from Monofonus Press on September 23d.
This track from Whirr is really something. The quiet opening sets the perfect stage for the outfit to crash into your ears with a heavy-handed bit of drumming surrounded by a wall of atmospheric noise that bends and shapes its way around the soft vocal. The recording is one of the better versions I’ve heard from the modern shoegaze-ish era, building this remarkable balance between the vocals and the instrumentation; it makes the song seem more cohesive, as if it was all one thought, rather than someone lumping in one or the other for effect. Their album, Sway, will be released on September 23rd via Graveface Records. Austinites can check them out on Sept. 6th over at Red 7.
Due to ATH regulations, I’m only able to offer up one Slumberland Records related piece a day, which is why I’m a few hours late with this new Terry Malts jam. Musically, this is perhaps the heaviest I’ve heard the band sound; I think it’s one of their greatest attributes, as there’s so many touches and nods to other acts that you can’t entirely pigeon-hole the group. This is the second tune off their forthcoming Insides EP, which you’ll be able to pick up from the aforementioned label on September 23rd.
“What’s you motherfuckin’ problem?” Yeah, I’m going to steal that lyric, especially if you tell me that you don’t love this song from Foreign/National almost immediately. Once that cymbal work kicks and the pulsing from the rest of the group kicks in, I got hooked. Then the smooth vocal delivery came in all hidden behind a bit of reverb, and I couldn’t turn it off. They’ve been working on a brand new EP that’s due to come out in September; if it sounds this good, it’s going to be hard not to rave about it all year long.
Every blue moon, or perhaps more often, I just want to find this huge expansive piece of music to get lost inside. This nearly 8 minute track from The Ukiah Drag is just the piece for me, with sprawling movements of rolling guitar riffs melding with these semi-preached vocals. It’s amazing how one just gets tossed up into their dark mess, then finds themselves tumbling all the way out. Getting lost inside the realm of this band is sure to happen quite frequently for those who choose to pick up their newest release, In the Reaper’s Quarters, via Wharf Cat on September 9th. Come on, just check the art work…something wicked this way comes.
We’re just a short distance away from the release of Exi (September 9th), the newest album from Austin’s Love Inks. I’ve always appreciated the group’s work, but I really enjoy their use of space on this latest single. Sherry’s voice is the dominant focal point, while there’s very light bass movement in the distance, accented by little guitar pieces and synthesized beats. The song walks this fine line of feeling huge and empty at the same time, which is quite an accomplishment in and of itself. Those living outside of Austin will again get a chance to see the band perform live, as they’ll be touring the States throughout September.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/08-Regular-Lovers.mp3]
This track is really beautiful. There’s this great warmth to the harmonies, and the construction is perfectly fitting. I’m not sure how I feel about some of the warbling on the percussion, but I can put those feelings aside as I fall head over heels into this song. There’s tons of little sonic touches, and the song seems to fade in and out of your speakers, creating this emotional pull that will find few detractors. Sunbeam Sound Machine will release its debut album, Wonderer, via Dot Dash/Remote Control this November.