You thought Austin’s East Cameron Folkcore had a lot of members, then you need to check out the Collection. The North Carolina collective ranges anywhere from 13-18 members, and the music they’re crafting is pushing the boundaries of grandiose. This single below swells, not only with insturmentation, but with an inner spirit, which is why I’ve found myself so attracted to this song. They completed Ars Moriendi, their latest releasep; it will be released on July 15th. Not going to lie, I expect big things from such a big group, so hopefully they live up to my lofty expectations.
Seems like just a few weeks ago that Woods released With Light and With Love…wait, it was just a few weeks ago. But, the band is already back with two new songs that they’ll be releasing through Captured Tracks. I think this song fits perfectly in with the musical themes from that album, so we can look at these songs as additional brushstrokes to that stellar album. While the track is dominated pretty simply by a good melody, there’s still that folky stomp that band so often employs coming in near the end of the track. You can grabs it on July 8th from the label.
When I first met Geoffrey O’Connor he was fronting the Crayon Fields, who remain one of my favorite acts. He was polite, yet possibly a bit timid. However, as his solo career has blossomed, he’s become increasingly confident in his songwriting, leaving his audience with elegant pieces of pop music coated in synth work. I dare say that this new single is easy listening, both in style and emotion; you can listen anywhere with a smile on your face. It’s the second single from his new album, Fan Fiction, which will come your way via Chapter Music on August 8th.
Shifting guitars open up this track with a bit of a jangling ring, before the brooding kicks in from Lower. That brooding comes in via the dark croon of the vocals, with just a faint hint of a pleasant meldoy hiding at the end of each syllable. Meanwhile, the guitars are still ringing and the drums are pounding; it creates a pretty striking effect, making all of us at ATH on alert for the release of the band’s debut album, Seek Warmer Climes; it’ll be out on June 17th via Matador. Here’s a video for the below single: VIDEO.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/softoption.mp3]
Download: Lower – Soft Option [MP3]
While we here at ATH usually like to stick to local coverage, sometimes it’s hard to hide that what we’re really after is world domination. This Thursday, Friday, and Saturday I’ll be in Barcelona, Spain to bring you coverage of Primavera Sound 2014, whose sick lineup and stunning location was enough to lead me outside Austin for a bit. While you can look out for live tweets and festival recaps starting Thursday, I wanted to give you a brief preview of some under the radar bands that would be easy to overlook in all the big names at Primavera. Check out my top ten must see bands that you may be unfamiliar with after the jump.
First, I was surprised to see that Jade Tree was still releasing music; I used to love that label, but somehow completely forgot them. But, for myself and the other lads at ATH, we profess our eternal love of soccer daily, and it’s all the reason to share this number from Dark Blue since it’s been labeled an ode to the sport and hooliganism (which I don’t support). Even if you don’t like soccer, surely you’ll appreciate this lead single from the band’s new 7″, which has this nice croon resting on top of noisy guitar riffs. The vinyl version of this 7″ will come with a cover of John Cale‘s “Hungry for Love;” it will be released July 15th.
Vorn is one of those musicians that you never know precisely what you’re going to get. His seven album career, spanning over 15 years, is both prolific and creative, and his new album, More Songs About Girls and the Apocalypse, is yet another notch in his famed music-making belt. There’s elements of power-pop, twee, psychedelic and even some hip-hop flavored tunes. Personally, I appreciate his creativity within the songs, not merely stopping with just one simple idea, but daring to move in and out within each song. You want to hear one of New Zealand’s most interesting musicians? Take a listen to some Vorn.
Some songs are impossible to ignore. They immediately grab you, holding you tight, spinning you in whirlwind of pop. That’s precisely the feeling I got when I listened to this brand new track from Bishop Allen. If you look at the cover art for the band’s upcoming record, Light’s Out, you get the sense that the band was pursuing the same thing, putting some young kisd on the cover dancing up a storm. It’s the sign of something delightfully catchy coming your way at the end of the summer, August 19th to be exact; it’s being released by Dead Oceans. I dare you not to like this song.
True Sincerity Vol 1 is out, an interview zine by our friends Bryan Parker. There was a free show to commemorate and we were able to get on the guest list (along with everyone else).
For my troubles, I caught Borrisokane, Feverbones, a song of Alex Napping and blisteringly fun set by Major x 3. I missed Tele Novella cuz I got sleepy; it was a long week. As Nate predicted, it w\as a night to enjoy local revelry and celebrate the creativity of like-minded individuals in town.
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The more tracks we get from Vaniish, the more excited I am for the unleashing of their new album. The band’s made up of members, past and present, of Soft Moon and Wax Idols, and that pedigree alone would be enough to catch my interest, but the songs are solid too. Their latest single, “Search and Replace” offers a wall of noise and a devilish beat behind it, then moves forward holding onto an edgy bit of post punk. You know I love a song that hides its attraction to pop music behind some noisy bits. Their debut Memory Work will be out on June 10th via Metropolis Records.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/05-Search-and-Replace.mp3]
Download: Vaniish – Search and Replace [MP3]