I hadn’t really heard of J Fernandez or his previous EPs, but now that I’ve been subject to his latest single, I think I’ve got some work to do. There’s something in his writing that reminds me of this weird blend of Dent May and Toro y Moi, yet it sounds wholly original. You’ll hear these quiet little vocal touches working against the main vocal fold, and that’s what really sold me; it’s like listening to an insider secret on what’s going on. We’ll hear more from J on October 14th when his latest EP, Memorize Now, gets a worldwide release.
I wrote about this Dark Blue a bit ago, hyping it up as a project from Ceremony and Puerto Rico Flowers (not to mention Purling Hiss, Strand of Oaks) members; I’m now permanently hooked on this new june. The vocal approach is reminiscent of some of the mid-80s post rock or post punk or just post MTV, yet the rest of the music has this brooding angst that never fully gets unleashed. Instead, they pull in some melody, letting the guitars ring in a more subdued fashion than one might expect. I’m particularly enjoying the yelps throughout the tune. Jade Tree will releases Pure Reality on October 7th!
I think when Cool Ghouls quietly released their self-titled record, it went largely unnoticed, but that was vastly due to oversight on everyone’s part…aside from me, of course. I love that album, although I’ll admit I’m even more excited to see what the band comes up with for the collection of songs that make up A Swirling Fire Burning Through the Rye, their newest LP. Our first listen has this slight twang in the guitar, adding a touch of folky swagger, while the rest of the tune is filled with this chilled out harmony. Fall’s right around the corner, and I bet this fits right into it. Look for it on November 11th via Empty Cellar Records.
While the Walkmen have gone on hiatus, I needed something to fill that void, and in fact, I really needed someone to write a song like “The Ratt.” Okay, so that’s not exactly what I get from Small Reactions, but I’m grateful for that, as who needs to listen to another band create another band’s song? However, this single below does share some sonic similarities, especially when you listen to the quickened pace, the ringing guitars and such. The vocals do sound a bit more like Thom Yorke than Hamilton, but I can let that slide. Look for the group to release Similar Phantoms via Bear Kids Recordings on October 28th.
What do you do when you haven’t written new music in 22 years? Well, if you’re the Primitives you knock it out of the fucking park. The legendary band have completed their first album in over two decades, and if you’er wondering how good it can sound then just let yourself smile as you press play below. It’s hard to see that the band has been absent, as they clearly fit right into the modern music world, which either indicates how influential they’ve truly been or how little we’ve really changed…or perhaps both. I’m grinning ear to ear over here enjoy this song. Look for Spin-O-Rama on October 14th via Elefant Records.
Yes, it’s a welcome return, in my eyes, for Cult of Youth, but don’t expect the band to sound precisely like you remember. They always had a macabre sound, which perhaps resonated more from singer Sean Ragon’s voice, but this time around, they’ve delved completely into it, crafting this hypnotic tune. It’s closer to a post-rock piece than the band’s folk work before, but perhaps that’s because Ragon has finally found the group he always dreamed he’d have, and there’s more of a full band feel to this song. We’ll see which way the wind blows when Final Days is released on November 11th via Sacred Bones Records.
The first time I caught Useless Eaters live, I was floored. There was this rambunctious quality wrapped up in a poppy punk realm. But, as time has progressed, Seth has tightened his ship and broadened his sound, leaving us this time with a sharp bit of rock that lurks in the dark. Perhaps it’s the bass line here, working beneath the shredding guitar or maybe it’s that vocal delivery that seems to come from the narrator in your favorite B-movie. Regardless, I’m always down to listen to what the group has to offer, which for now, is the brand new album, Bleeding Moon, which Castle Face Records will release on October 7th.
Alex Cuervo is probably best known around Austin for his work with Hex Dispensers, but the last year has seem him quietly making a name for himself under the Espectrostatic moniker. It’s a largely instrumental project with a hint of horror aspect (not horror punk, mind you) built into both the sonic element as well as the titles of the songs. And don’t forget the artwork; the artwork for his pieces are always visually stimulating. He’s got a full LP titled Escape From Witchtropolis coming this fall via Trouble in Mind Records, and if you live in Austin or the world beyond, it should be on your radar. The title track is alive below.
Greta Morgan has got a nice bit producer working on her Springtime Carnivore album; Richard Swift might not have sold me on his participation in the Shins, but his production value is always spot on. I think it adds a great level of musicianship to Morgan’s work here; her song is filled with little doses of ambient washes and hooky guitars. It’s a bit of a contrast to most modern chanteuses, maintaining a lurking sensation for the vocals beneath the songwriting; invest your time for maximum reward. Her self-titled album will be out November 4th on Autumn Tone Records featuring this tune below.
Long the bastion of incredible psych rock, Trouble in Mind Records has really begun to branch out over the last few years, focusing on bringing you great music all around. Their latest hits from Germ House and Ultimate Painting have really got me excited, but I’m digging this piece from Spanish producer Holograma. Press discusses the touches of Spacemen 3 and like-minded acts, and I can hear that, but I’m thinking of this weird blend where F&M meets the realm of Stereolab. Anyone else get that? The label will be releasing Waves on October 28th, with more great releases to wrap up the end of the year lined-up already.