Listening to this new track from TV Ghost, I’m reminded of what I always expected Interpol to become. Haunting vocal performances haunt the track, and the guitars cut in and out of the forefront of the song, often lurking back into a cave of distortion. There’s this driving tension that holds the whole song together; it almost seems to have this beautiful insanity wrapped tightly beneath a blanket of crashing cymbals. The fact that the song sprawls over five minutes long only adds to the feeling of impending doom, which, oddly enough, you’ll find yourself enjoying. Embrace it when the band release Disconnect on September 3rd via In the Red Records.
I’ve already brought you one great tune from Matinee Recordings this week, and as promised, the label has more great music to share with you all. The latest song comes via Math and Physics Club; it’s easiest one of the catchiest tracks the band has composed to date. The song opens with some drum work accompanied by hand-claps, just before the rest of the act joins in with infectious guitar lines. Personally, aside from the clapping, I’m really finding myself attached to the lyrical delivery on this tune. You’ll be wise to order the Long Drag 7″ straight from Matinee Recordings, and browse while you’re there…you’ll find tons of hits to order from one of our favorite labels.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/01-Long-Drag.mp3]
It’s raining a ton here in Austin, well, it was, so I need something to lighten up everyone’s spirits as we call it a day over here at our office. I figured the latest track from one of our favorites, Army Navy, would do just the trick. This time, there’s a bit more energy in the songwriting, though the band still maintains that gentle side that made them so endearing in the first place (see 1.07). If the band can keep writing tracks like this one, we’ll all see their popularity continue to grow and grow…that’s a good thing! You can find this track on their Crushed EP, which comes out on August 20th.
A long while ago I posted a hit from Joanna Gruesome, and it appears Slumberland Records were watching, as they just picked up the Cardiff group to release the band’s debut album, Weird Sister. On the first single from said album, the group comes out with a rioting rock taste, blasting off noisily. But, one of the reason’s I love the band is evident in the track too; they pull back from the barrage of noise and add a sweetness to the track, with softer melodies and a bit of serenity….of course they blast right back off again. You can grab the album from the group on September 10th when it hits stores.
There’s really not too much information floating about for Manchester outfit, Money, although they did get a decent response with their Cillian Murphy directed video. I’m pretty impressed with the group’s sound, with the group making stunningly dense pop tunes with various movements within their tracks. You’ve got to listen carefully to grasp, or hear rather, all the tiny touches the band put into their songwriting. Should make for a remarkable debut when they release The Shadow of Heaven on August 26th via Bella Union.
The last month has been pretty kind to New York’s Porches, garnering a strong positive response with their early single. They’re back already with the newest tune from their upcoming album, Slow Dance in the Cosmos. For my ears, this song has two personalities, both equally enjoyably. The first is sort of an amped up sad-bastard approach to pop structure; it slowly builds until the change up. It’s brief, but there’s a bouncing step that comes in a couple of times in the track. I like that it gives a different touch, though slight, to the song’s overall feeling. Give it a go and see what you think. You can pick up the album on August 27th via Exploding in Sound Records.
I just picked up this gem of a 7″ from Rainbow Gun Show the other day at the record store, and I’m so hooked that I had to share it with you all. The Chicago act has this lo-fi quality that bursts with catchy melodies. I can’ describe the sound perfectly, so I won’t even try, but I think that this 7″ has the making of a great future for the group; they clearly have elements that make their music accessible and interesting. If you’re into the sound, you can pick the release up from Hozac Records, who I consider pretty dependable.
Okay, so Of Montreal puts out tunes almost every year, so why is this so exciting? Well, for me, this single seems to exemplify the sound from the group that I first fell in love with when I jammed to Satanic Panic in the Attic; it’s not all bleeps and bloops, choosing to focus on more traditional guitar based melodies. Still, it’s every bit a Kevin Barnes sound, which never ceases to impress me; I really like the vocal tone switch around the 2:15 minute mark. The new record is titled lousy with sylvianbriar, and it’ll see a release from Polyvinyl Records on October 8th. Hope it all sounds this great.
One of the acts I’ve been keeping a close eye on, Classy Nude, is releasing a split with another such act, Quitters. Both Austin acts specialize in crafting pop tunes centered around well-written guitar chords, leaving listeners with hooks to tap their toes to today. CN has been kind enough to share their part of the split 7″ with us, and we’re happy to share that track with you as well. If you like what you hear, you can order the 7″ HERE, or you can head out to Hotel Vegas on Thursday night to pick one up in person from both bands. That bill also includes other heavy local hitters like Act Rights, Poppy Red and RF Shannon. Dig the tune below![audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/CD-Master.mp3]
We’ve long been fans of Islands, not to mention the various other projects by Nick Thorburn (especially Human Highway), so we’re always happy when he pops up with a new song. His group are back, after a little over a year, with a brand new album titled Ski Mask; it hits stores in September. The first single we get to here builds really slowly, but jumps off into the collage-o-pop masterpiece that has made Nick so endearing over all these years. Plain and simple, the guy knows how to write catchy tunes. Listen and see.