Last Wednesday, we were treated to an evening of tunes from the legendary and mystical Dan Bejar. Riding high off the well receivedHave We Met, Bejar returned to the Mohawk to a nearly sold out crowd. After years of creating tunes largely under the radar, and really seeing his breakthrough record around a decade ago, I was pleased to see so many people brought back once more, or perhaps out to see Destroyer for the first time.
Click past the jump for words on the evening and some photos.
Will Wolfe, out of Portland, is a recent signee of Manimal Records, home to the likes of other great names like Warpaint and Bat For Lashes. His newest track, “Saying Goodbye,” is a lo-fi, guitar and synth driven steady groove with catchy lyrics that roll quickly off Wolfe’s tongue. I’m quite fond of the way this track rollicks along, with the playful backing vocals that ooh and ahh and the synths that bounce about. At the very end of the tune, you get a sick sax solo to round things out nicely before you go to press play again. Take a listen and acquaint yourself with Will Wolfe before he drops another solid single.
Monad is the moniker for producer/artist Eshchar Nachmany who hails from Tel Aviv and has a new single from his upcoming sophomore EP. “Low Pressure” is a sonic delight, combining edgy synth combinations with hazy psychedelic guitars. It begins a bit slowly and subtly, with waves of synth washing over the mix with Nachmany’s crisp vocals before the percussion kicks in. The result is warming–the various aspects of the tune guide you through until your nodding your head in delight. Take a listen below and look out for more from Monad.
We had a bit of a wintry mix last night here in Austin, and temperatures dropped below freezing, so while we’re not even past Thanksgiving yet, I feel a bit in the holiday mood. Molly Burch released a cover of George Michael’s “Last Christmas” a little ways back, and released a silly recording studio video alongside it. While this cover doesn’t offer much of a change from the original, Burch’s classic vocals do it justice and add a bit of color to the Christmas banger. Burch has a whole album of Christmas songs coming out on 11/15 via Captured Tracks. Pre-order The Molly Burch Christmas Album here.
Port Juvee are a group out of Calgary who make post-punk tunes built for fans of Beach Fossils and DIIV, but who also strike out into their own post-punk space. “Hope To Lose” is a blazing quick tune, with guitars that stream in with force and quick-lipped vocals that form the tune. The song is rather quick, but the choruses have an anthemic sound reminiscent of Foals. Port Juvee have a few releases under their belt, but expect them to make their way into the indie scene spotlight with racing hot tracks such as this.
Pale Puma is the moniker of Amsterdam’s Django Duijns, who started this project just this year, but has already made some great strides. This single, “Solid Gold,” is being put out today by Manimal, you know those same folks who bring you tunes from Bat For Lashes and Warpaint. “Solid Gold” is a real treat; the buttery vocals collide with the sexy and tightly wound guitar riffs that make your head bob. There’s a whole lot of layers here for a solo project, and it’s easily a track that you’ll revisit. I’d keep my ear to the ground for more from Pale Puma.
If you weren’t aware, Maybird is an outfit from Rochester, NY, that is crafting catchy psych rock mixed with roots elements. They dropped their album, Things I Remember From Earth, back in May, and now they’ve got a new video for the short, but sweet track “Montreal.” What’s so lovely about this tune is the way it’s not even two minutes, and yet, it’s got all the makings of a tune that will get stuck in your head for days. The whole track bursts with energy, and the chorus has this incredible build to it that escalates the tune from bubbling to boiling. Take a listen below and enjoy.
Today’s the day! It’s officially day one of Weekend Two of Austin City Limits 2019! Last weekend, we endured a ridiculous amount of heat and humidity to see some great bands deliver wonderful performances. Lucky for you, Weekend Two goer, you have the chance to see essentially the same lineup (with a few wonderful additions) with far superior weather. Yes, it may look like rain is in the forecast this morning and it’s likely Zilker will turn into a bit of a mud pit (rain boots may be your friends), but the great news is you will not sweat merely by existing. You can view the full schedule here, and if you’re a fan of the hard paper copy, I would suggest printing one out at home, as there is no fold out maps / schedules this year. Read more for my thoughts from Weekend 1 and suggestions for Weekend 2. Read more
We’re one –that’s right just one– week away from this year’s edition of the Austin City Limits Music Festival. While this year’s fest has snuck up on us rather quickly, it comes as no surprise that the late night bills around town are a solid addition to this years lineup. Whether you’re hitting up just a day or two of the Fest proper at Zilker, want to catch your faves in a more intimate venue, or would rather just see a few nights of music and want to skip the fest, The Official 2019 Late Night Shows have some great options to amplify your festin’ this year. Healthy reminder to scoop your tickets now, as most will likely sell out.
Read my picks after the jump.
I’m a little late in the game sharing this track, but it’s an utterly haunting folk rock tune that brings me back to early Grizzly Bear days, so it’s a must listen. Derde Verde is a two piece based out of L.A., comprised of Dylan McKenzie and Jonathan Schwartz. “Your Ghost” is their latest single and it’s a perfect slice of introspective beauty for you to get lost in.The last minute of this track is where the band really shines–lead songwriter and vocalist Dylan McKenzie’s vocals soar above the winding guitars and steady percussion like a beam of sunlight finding its way through the branches of a tree. “Your Ghost” is at once delicate and lush, making it the perfect soundtrack to the cool breezes of fall that will hopefully be on their way to us soon. Take a listen below, and look out for the band’s upcoming LP, Slow Light, which will be out on October 11. Pre-order it here.