A few years ago there was this brief explosion of Aussie tunes that received a lot of love on our continent, especially from this site. Bands like Twerps, Bitch Prefect, Bored Nothing, Pop Singles and more made waves, but I was particular to Boomgates. I’ve kept an eye on the group for some time, so I’m glad to see that they’ll soon be releasing a new effort via Bedroom Suck Records. There’s no exact word on when this new album will be released, but it popped up on a compilation that was recently released by the label. It’s somewhere in between jangling twangling Aussie pop and just your down-home traditional indie pop. It’s a special Friday delight.
Usually I go on and on about how I bring the rock and or roll, but occasionally I branch out….such as today with Dan Bodan. At first listen, it’s this very quiet glitch electronica, touched up finely with some careful acoustic touches. But, as the song unfolds, Bodan makes his own entrance, entering with this softness that erupts into a powerful presence. It’s another listen to what should shape up to be an interesting experience when his Soft LP is released by DFA Records on October 28th.
I caught this jam creeping up the other day, and it’s probably one of my favorite tracks off the Dirt Dress Revelations EP, which comes out in about a month. It opens up with this guitar line that sort of knifes its way through the opening minutes, though there’s a nice distortion to it that gives it a quirky touch. Drums roll through, often offering a nice beat, or other times pushing the track forward with pace (thus the rhythm section!). And you’ll always see me enjoying a good horn blast, especially if it’s done appropriately; no one likes gratuitous horn blasts. Check out their EP on November 18th from the Future Gods. I also just dig the band’s aesthetic.
Last year, we wrote about Tel Aviv’s Vaadat Charigim quite a bit; they were just releasing their debut album for Burger Records. They’re back now with a 7″ they’ll be releasing with local Austin label Reverberation Appreciation Society, as they prep for a new LP in 2015. This first track is this trembling swell of psychedelia, moving in and out of your stream of consciousness. It opens quietly, building momentum for the band’s entrance just around the minute mark. You’ll find that the song definitely has peaks and valleys, rising and falling here over the song’s 9 minute sprawl. I appreciate that; I like a good non-run of the mill psych track.
Feeling dreamy? Let your mind float away this afternoon with the work of Violet Woods, who are set to release their eponymous album this November. This is my favorite type of pop music; it trickles in, it’s well-crafted and there’s a warmth that makes it the perfect listening for the fall season. The pacing on the track is steady, allowing for the band to maximize their melodies, and allowing your brain to gently drift away to a happy place. Feel like this is a perfect way to enjoy your Wednesday, so join me by listening to this UK act.
I checked out this tune from Honduras, a band I have talked about previously, and it seems that they’re up to their catchy old tricks. The band is crafting these crunchy guitar pop anthems, much like Nathan from Wavves was able to accomplish, though these songs seem to have a bit more focus…and perhaps slightly less of an edge. It’s a version of the indie rock scene that puts them in line with their comrades Twin Peaks, who we know have made a big name for themselves this year. Look for the band’s Break EP this coming November.
Despite his ability to ruffle the feathers of Ariel Pink, the dude still has a way of making tunes that fascinate me. This new single, “Black Ballerina,” has an interesting musical angle. Part of it reminds me of AP’s traditional work, though other parts seem to blend the smooth skills from Of Montreal with something you’d expect to hear Ian Dury release, and for all intents and purposes, I’m totally okay with that. I think the beats pretty solid, and I like the oddity that comes with any Pink touch. His new record, Pom Pom, will be available from 4AD on November 18th.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/14-Black-Ballerina.mp3]
You hadn’t heard of Forgotten Species yet? Well, me either, but I dig this tune. I really love the vocals on this single; they remind me in an odd way of David Bazaan, if he took on something a bit different. The rest of the group brings in this swell of huge guitars that screech in and out of the foreground. There’s just this huge world of guitars that wraps the vocals and carries them throughout the tune; I guess it has a nostalgic feel, but I’m trying to move beyond that adjective. Look for the project to release Hades Fades on November 18th.
Ok okay, I know last week was really heavy with all my talk of Shivery Shakes and their new LP. This is the last time I bring the band up, at least for the next few days. Consequence of Sound had the privilege of premiering the band’s latest single, “Swimming,” on Friday. If you’ve caught the band live, this is one of my favorite tracks the band performs, as Marcus takes over vocal duties from behind the drum kit. It’s just another great tune on the bands debut, Three Waves and a Shake, which you’ll be able to get from us at Austin Town Hall Records or our friend Punctum Records. I promise; I won’t post about them for two days.
Yes. You’ve by now heard about the new Parquet Courts song (and LP), but at the risk of redundancy, I’m going to post it too. One, I really like this song; it’s like the band doing their best Bill Callahan impression…it’s a damn good impression. Two, the guy that owns their label, What’s Your Rupture, is one of my Top 5 Nicest Dudes in Rock n’ Roll. Seriously. Nicest dude. Good friend. The new LP is called Content Nausea, and might feature some variance on the project’s sound, as we witness the band indulging in influences we might not have noticed early on. This is probably one of my favorite tracks of the week; the rest of the album is out December 2nd.