Even More Lust for Youth

lustIf there’s a record that B.Gray and I are pretty excited about hearing, it has to be this upcoming Lust for Youth LP. The band has continued to grow their sound, creating some of the darkest, yet most accessible, electronic pop music around. They’ve also got a pretty intoxicating live show, which doesn’t always happen for the genre. They tossed out another single today from Compassion, so seems fitting that we stay in line with our obsession and post this new tune as well. You can hear the record when it’s released on March 18th via Sacred Bones Records. Also…check the band touring the States, including SXSW.

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Electronic Hit from Howard

dudesThis brand new track from Howard has some interesting history, as does the construction of their Please Recycle EP. They’ve taken bits and pieces of their debut album, and spun them into completely new tracks. I love some of the work in this newest tune, particularly some of the beats that hit hard and nod towards earlier electronic music. Vocals are sparse, but they serve as another layer, rather than a key focal point to the band’s song. Look for their new EP on March 25th via Fashion People…then go back and revisit their album Religion to see if you can hear where it all comes from.

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New Music from What Moon Things

WMT-WEB-RESImagine my delight when I heard this new track from What Moon Things. On their latest single, the band are taking a blend of darkwave electronic elements and putting on some dream pop touches. There’s a guitar sound that should definitely be familiar to those who follow a great deal of my posts (all 8 of you). This song celebrates the band working on the follow up to their heralded 2014 debut that won them some rave reviews from the likes of P4K and others. You can also add the group to the many that will be making their way to Austin in a few weeks for SXSW.

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Quiet Tune from Winterpills

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This is a pretty great track, and you should definitely get Winterpills on your radar. When the song really takes off, Phillip Price takes you in slowly with his voice, soon joined by his wife Flora to flesh out the number. So many harmonies, even monosyllabic ones, always encourage me to play a song on repeat. This sprawling number swells to a pop-tactic close, and should serve as a centerpiece to the band’s new album, Love Songs. That LP is being released by Signature Sounds on March 18th.

Fresh Music from Carter Tanton

ctThis Friday you will have to rush to the record store (or online if that’s your bag) to grab a copy of Carter Tanton‘s brand new album, Jettison the Valley. Fortunately, we have another single from the album to share with you today…it’s rumored to be Carter’s favorite track on the LP. Opening percussive moments stand in like a metronome, allowing for the lofty range of Tanton’s voice to soar high in the mix, setting the tone for the track. One of my favorite things about this song, and the album as a whole, is that while many singer/songwriters rest on the tradition of voice, guitar and minimal percussion, Carter’s filling in his songs, be it backing harmonies, slide guitar or atmospheric touches; it elevates the record far beyond the norm. Look for the record this Friday courtesy of Western Vinyl.

SXSW Interviews: Hospital Ships

hospitalHospital Ships are back this year, and they’ve got a new album to share with you all too! He’s been in and around Austin quite a bit, playing with friends and recording, so he’s familiar with the scene, but then again, SXSW is a whole different animal. We caught up real briefly with Jordan to give you a glimpse into his world. Look for the new album, The Past in Not a Flood on March 11th, the week before the music kicks off! Read more

Never a Bad Time for Pity Sex

psThe title of this post is in reference to the band, weirdoes. While Pity Sexhas been on our radar for some time, they seem to be making quite a name for themselves, especially now that they’re working with Run For Cover Records. I think the intensity of the music falls in line with a lot of the modern guitar pop, while the soft quality of the vocals portrays the band’s different dynamic, at least in contrast to many of their peers. Their new effort White Hot Moon is being released by the label on April 29th, so stream the song below to see if it’s up your alley.

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Indie Rock is Back with Leland Sundries

10501800_10152958977724109_633741058526209611_nI sort of miss the late 90s/early 00s of indie rock. There’s a lot that just gets rehashed in a tired way, but that’s why I’ve been digging this Leland Sundries tune…it’s not really any of that. It takes an Americana approach, then blends it with some of the classic alternative nods, mixing it all up to provide listeners with something timeless. I also value the fact that the lyrics are approachable and tell a bit. Look for the band’s new effort, Music for Outcasts, on June 3rd.

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Stream a New Loafer Track

loafer?Regardless of the fact that being a musician, in any city, seems to suck lately, Austin’s music scene is very much alive and kicking. One of the scenes I’ve kept my eye on is the group made up by Merdurhaus acts; today we’ve got a tune from the label’s Loafer. The project will release a brand new EP on April 1st (as long as it’s not a joke), and this single shows a little bit of the noodling twang that definitely pays homage to Mac Demarco…back in the home recording days. Still, I like the playfulness, such as including a soundbite mid track. Give it a twirl, and check out some of the labels other acts; there’s something for every body.

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