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.
The last track I heard from Cult of Youth saw the band exploring some new territory, but their latest single has them revisiting their own hallowed ground. This song opens with a strummed guitar ringing, as if they’re creating this huge pop sphere that’s waiting to explode. However, Sean Ragon’s darkened vocal touch takes away from that world, offering a more balance approach. For me, I’m stuck on the lyrics and the emotional appeal of the musical construction, so I’ll be picking up the band’s new effort, Final Days, when its released by Sacred Bones on November 11th.
I can’t explain to you how much I’m anticipating the newest release from Cool Ghouls. As the weather finally cools down in Austin (then heats back up), I’m thirsting for the perfect tunes for my backyard party playlist. You know the sort, where the songs are going to grab the attention of a few of your friends, but the rest will let it fade into the background. Still, it’ll start a conversation about great records, and I’m thinking that this next opus, A Swirling Fire Burning Through the Rye, will be just that conversation starter. It’s got a drape of psychedelia atop a Brian Wilson harmony village…sounds perfect. Look for the release from Empty Cellar on November 11th.
It’s been years, and I hate to even bring it up, but where’s the next Elliot Smith in this world? If I’m going to throw a name into the hat, it might just be Angelo de Augustine. I’m not saying that they sound exactly alike, as there’s no fun in that, but there are similarities in the recordings and the intimacy. There’s a soft touch that makes its way to your heart, and few artists can pull that off. I know my hopes are high here, but there’s a special place in my heart reserved for music of this sort, so I’m eager to see what the entirety of his Spirals of Silence LP sounds like. Take a quiet spin today, and pick up the album on November 18th.
I ran across Step-Panther a few weeks back, and dammit if BV didn’t beat me to posting about the group. On the first few seconds the latest single from the Aussie act has a tendency to dwell in the realm of modern emo (I know that will scare some folks), but I implore you to listen on, as they near the perfect jangle pop that our friends in Literature have created as of late. It’s infectious and begging to be played over and over again on your speakers. Listen to this track all day and see if you can grab the group’s Strange But Nice LP while you’re at it.
Ever since I first heard Proto Idiot via his Trouble In Mind 7″ I’ve been hooked on the sound he’s been creating. He’s changed things up here and there, but there’s still a very elemental bit of punk rock that comes through your speakers when you press play. There’s a tinge of garage rock, but things are definitely of the more refined sort; I might even hear a bit of J Reatard in the vocals on this new album, Also Known As. If you’re looking for something to stream today at work, give yourself a few spins with this release; you’ll be enjoying the next 20 something minutes of your life.
It’s always been hard for me to really indulge in my friend’s hip-hop interests. There’s just never been something that really sucked me in to that world. Sure, I can appreciate the more poetic styles, but today I’ve been hooked on something a bit different, coming from London O’Connor. This tune from the producer has him rapping over various parts, but there’s this huge swell of pop construction that operates as the chorus; that’s precisely the piece that sold me on this track. It’s almost like late LCD Soundsytem with your little brother rapping in and out. He also created a video game for you to play with the song; you can check that out HERE.
Wasn’t it just last week I was writing about Lazyeyes? Well, I’m back again with the next single from the band. It’s another track you can turn up as you drive down the highway at night, wind behind your back. I’m really digging the way the vocals were recorded for this track; it’s got this distant feeling, like an old friend is singing at me from a late night dream. The directness of the band’s songwriting really shines through, making it inevitable that you’ll find yourself hooked on the group’s sound. Look for their New Year EP rather soon.