There’s the sort of music where the instrumentation alone makes the track. You’re playing air drums while driving in your car; the people next to you are pointing and laughing. Then there’s the type where you’re sucked in with the emotional draw of the vocals; this is where you find artist Lily Taylor. Her new song has barely any instrumentation aside from very light touches that allow space for her vocals to draw you in. Those pipes are seductive, sucking you in second by second. Her new record, The Ride, will be released by Pour Le Corps on September 2nd.
Still not entirely sure how I feel about the band name here, but I know that I’m definitely feeling the vibe on this new track from Fews. Immediately, the jangling guitars ring out just before the rhythm section joins in to propel the tune forward. You’ll hear a bit of a soft dream vocal on here, but the recording and some of the inflections make it just a bit more playful than some of the group’s peers. The band sound like a more upbeat version of the Drums, which isn’t a bad thing, so we look forward to hearing more from these guys now that they’ve returned to the music fold.
One of the things I love about listening to Allah-Las is that you get the real sense that you’re listening to music in California. While their songs have hints of the modern psychedelia, they carry with them these sun-drenched guitar tones. I guess that’s an easy comparison considering they’ve titled the new LP, Worship the Sun, but those hues of Cali make a great impression on listeners. That being said, the new album has a lot of progression in it’s songwriting; the songs are tighter and there’s a greater variance from song to song. You can grab the LP on September 16th from Innovative Leisure.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/07-07-Buffalo-Nickel.mp3]
We’ve long supported the boys in Saint Motel; I personally love their use of piano keys in their tracks…there’s just something uplifting about that aspect of their craftsmanship. This particular track opens with that piano bounce, then builds to a swelling vocal hook, pushed even further by gang-vocals during the chorus. If you listen to this song and your life doesn’t get instantly better, then perhaps you need to press play again because eventually your mind will give in to the band’s greatness. This is the third track on the group’s forthcoming My Type EP, which is set to be released next week.
I figured I’d start my role on Friday with a little bit of something from the softer side, the new tune from She Keeps Bees. This track is really relaxing, but there’s definitely some great little touches within the duo’s song. You hear seemingly casual bits of horns built in to emphasize the strength of Jessica Larrabee’s voice; it’s got that sultry smokiness to it…that’s enough to hook me. They’ll be releasing a new record, Eight Houses, on Future Gods Records on September 16th.
In the early 00s, Austin was alive, like most of the country, in the rehashing of 70s/80s influenced dance music; Red Fez, Whiskey Bar and Beauty Ballroom were the hot spots. In the middle of that mini-musical explosion was I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness, who unfairly got lumped in under the genre of Joy Division copycats. But, they’re back with a brand new album, and from the sounds on the single, they’re not really going to have to wear that mark much longer. Sure, there’s that melancholic tone, but the guitar and percussive work seemingly move more into a post-rock sphere; clearly this a band who’ve taken some time to grow. They’re new record, Dust, will be released on Secretly Canadian on October 28th.
I’ve been hooked on the Connections ever since my friend Stephen of Sweet Talk turned me on to their first two LPs. I snatched them up, and I’ve been thirsting for more, which is lucky as the band are about to release their new record, Into Sixes, next week. The latest track to surface is a perfect piece of power pop, the like I haven’t heard since the last Gentleman Jesse record. The guitars are crisp, the cymbals shake in all the right places, and the vocals are extremely infectious; I don’t think fans of this genre will find a better LP than what these guys have to offer. They’ve also just put up a video for the single you should watch HERE. Look for the LP next week via Anyway Records at your local store, or pre-order it HERE.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/03-Cruise-Control.mp3]
Wow. This new Ultimate Painting tune is really something. The band is comprised of equal parts Mazes and Veronica Falls, though I don’t think you’ll find too many similarities to the work of either. Instead, they’ve crafted a brooding song, gentle in its unfolding, holding tight to traditional pop stylings. It seems like the perfect track to play as your night draws to a close; I feel like the emotional pull is best understood with minimal lighting. You’ll be able to grab the group’s self-titled debut album on October 28th from Trouble in Mind Records.
I’ve talked about my appreciation for Australia’s Ausmuteants on these pages before, and they’re back again with a new single, readying a new album. I love the spastic delivery on the vocals here; it works in and out of step of the guitar chords that ring out, while a nice darkened synth line pushes the moody attitude up a notch. Personally, I love how the band often feel out of control, yet it all is perfectly fitting and actually a rather tight ship. Goner Records will be releasing Order of Operation on September 30th, and the band will tour the States through September, including a show at Beerland on the 23rd.
I’ve been waiting to play this wonderful new track from Arp for you for a couple of weeks. I fell in love with his last album, More, and it seems that with his new EP, he’s got a slew of great new songs for you. There’s a bit of fuzz bursting from the background on this track, but there’s this plodding pop hook that runs throughout; it’s no wonder he’s signed on to work with Mexican Summer. While it’s not quite a full-length, the Pulsars e Quasars EP is really going to win a slew of new fans. I really can’t stop listening to this track. You can get the EP on September 23rd.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/02-Pulsars-e-Quasars.mp3]