Yep, I’m still on the Airplanes kick, and I won’t complain about it as long as the music coming is as good as this catchy little number. When listening to this jam, remind yourself that summer weather is already upon us, at least in the Lone Star State, so it makes sense that a tune like “Complacency” will fit perfectly into our current playlist. It recalls a more modern take on Beach Boys classics, employing simple harmonies to maximize the hooks that Joshua Vest continues to use in his songwriting. Go ahead, jam this one, then pick up the new “Young” single from the band.
The last time I wrote about Devon Williams was a few weeks back, but I feel like I short-handed the songwriter, as I threw his new track, “Flowers” into a post about a great day for Slumberland Records. Don’t get me wrong, that was a great day of news for the rad label, but it didn’t effectively convey to you how special the upcoming album from Devon will be. I think if you listen to this song, you’ll notice the care within the songwriting, with that bright guitar making way for Williams’ cool vocal delivery. But, such things should come as no surprise for followers; it’s just another sign that Gilding the Lily is going to be something special (June 3rd).
While I was trying to catch up on emails from this weekend, my ear was caught by this incredible single that came into our inbox. I hadn’t heard of the group, The Delphines, but like the power of all great tracks, I’ll now be keeping a close eye on the group. There’s a bit of an angular post-punk quality to the style of the guitars, but at the same time the dreamy vocal quality, and its delivery, remind me an awful lot of Love Is All (a sorely missed act). It’s an energetic track, to be sure, but it also offers a bit of emotional respite in some of the more drawn out moments. The group will be releasing their album, Hush, on May 27th, so keep an eye out for this exciting act. Oh, and check out this exciting video that accompanies the single HERE.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/01-Hush-01-Screen-Door.mp3]
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It’s been a long-time coming, at least for those that pay constant tribute to the works of C86. Close Lobsters quietly called it a day in the 90s, but they’re now returning with fresh music, after rekindling their musical fire in 2012. This is the first piece of music we’ve gotten from the band in quite some time, but what’s interesting is how relevant this first single is. It’s not dated, and it doesn’t sound like a modern re-hash; it’s got the same vibrancy the band captured long ago. For you indiepop fans, the band will release their new Kunstwerk in Spacetime EP on Shelflife at the end of May.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/01-Now-Time.mp3]
After a long weekend rocking out at Austin Psych Fest, I’m a little bit drained, energy-wise, so I figured I’d share something that’s been able to help me push through this slow-moving morning. It’s the first single from Sam Coffey and the Iron Lungs, and it’s got this great blend of classic power-pop and garage rock. The vocals, often infused by unison singing from the group, come off a bit ramshackle, adding a bit of innocence to the delivery. You’ll find the guitar sound a perfect way to kick off your morning. Look for the group’s Gates of Hell LP on June 24th when it’s released by Southpaw Records.
During slow music weeks you turn to your friends, and I always know I can count on IPSML for a good jam or two. Today I bring you a track from Pale Lights that he pointed me towards, which features Phil Sutton of one of my favorite acts, Comet Gain. You’re going to get a similarly ringing guitar, and even find the vocal delivery similar. Personally, I dig the nice female vocal in the background. I’m posting this track because I love it, but you can stream the band’s whole new album, Before There Were Pictures, right HERE. It’s so good, you won’t want to have anything else on today.
Joyous pop music! Don’t be tricked by the light traipsing about that opens this new song from Hooray for Earth. Even when the vocals first enter, the song’s moving at a slow space. But, percussion drops, guitars are distorted and pop fans everywhere are going to be happy with the result. This is one of those songs that makes an emphatic push to become one of those songs on everyone’s playlist for the duration of the summer; it’s that good. The group has a new album, Racy, which will be released by Dovecote on July 29th.
I’m not sure how this tune escaped my ears, but better late than never. Playlounge is yet another UK act making quite a name for themselves, creating furious rock that still has the ability to move you while tearing at your eardrums. The drumming’s spot on in this track, matching the guitar as it seemingly spins out of control, only to be reined in to offer something more subdued. Their debut album, Pilot, was just released by Dog Knights Productions, and if you’re in need of a bombastic dosage of great rock n’ roll, then you’ll want to rush over and pick it up.
There probably aren’t many greater things than coming home on a nice Spring afternoon to a Bob Mould track in your inbox. There’s something youthful about his music, even though he’s been in the music-making game for quite some time. I’m just really excited that he’s bringing out the rock; though I still enjoy his work with Sugar, it’s these sorts of songs, encompassing the great writing of a power-pop genius, that really get me pumped. I can’t wait to hear his new record, Beauty & Ruin, when Merge releases it on June 3rd.
Well, our resident electro-head Brian is working (yes, we all have those real job things), so I figure I’d hold his spot today and offer up this great new single from Papertwin. The group has been together for almost five years, but surprisingly, this is their first studio collaboration to date. The song has a driving beat behind it, while the vocals are laying in the front of the mix…once they enter. This is definitely a track you’ll want to toss on when you’ve got your next dance party, especially with the little samples thrown in for emphasis. Their Vox Humana EP will be out on June 17th.