It’s that weird time of the year when everyone pretends that they stop writing music for a few months so we can browse the list of Best New Artists, or whatever. We do it too, though I’ll probably keep writing about songs if folks keep sending them to me. But, before the year “wraps up” and stuff, here’s a few more new records to listen to today that you’ll hopefully enjoy! Note: I included a few from last week, because last week I ran an Austin-centric streams post, so booyah!
Wurld Series – The Giant’s Lawn (Meritorio Records/Melted Ice Cream)
When I first turned on this new track from Kissing Party, there was something instantly gratifying in the rhythm section; the snappiness of it all reminded me of early Drums tracks, endearing and energetic. As the song progresses, the vocals enter nonchalantly, offering listeners a sort of pop version of what Blank Dogs were doing back a few thousand years ago. The song carries this lightness and indifference, seemingly tied into the concept of the song, so it all fits absolutely perfectly. Honestly, if you missed the OG Pains of Being Pure at Heart, this is the tune for you to turn all the way up. They’ve got their Graceless album dropping today, so go listen to that as well!
Our Internet friend Roman Gabriel (the Dentals, the Kind Hills) has returned with a new project, Seasonal Falls. Today they’ve shared their debut single, perfect a mid-Fall sound (for those not in the throes of Texas climate change). There’s some really light percussive touches from the snare and piano, quietly working their way into your ear as you turn your focus towards the strum and melodic voice. For some reason, this feels kind of like something Elliott Smith adjacent; it has that natural personality to it, that soft-spoken charm that makes your entire day. Felt like this was a great place to start, and hopefully we’ll hear more from the group soon!
New to me Cardiff based band SYBS just dropped this new single today called “Gwacter” that you should definitely check out below. It features a great, indie rock sound that doesn’t tend to mess about and gets straight to energy and power from the get go. Hopefully it will improve what may have been a downer of a day. Stay tuned for more from SYBS as a debut album is coming soon and will feature more of this badassery.
Harold Whit Williams is aiming to take the throne from Glenn Donaldson for most prolific songwriter in the underground pop scene. Today, Harold’s releasing a brand new LP of tracks under his Daily Worker moniker…his second LP (and fourth release!) of 2023. This album is 10 songs recorded in 10 days, using song prompts as starting points. We’ve previously covered “Radio Gurrls,” but the record explores a lot of various styles, leaving you with lots to enjoy; I’ve been digging “Gas Station Rum” quite a bit this morning. Feel free to settle into your day with one of our favorite songwriters; listen to Burn It All Down!
When Rosie Tucker dropped a brand new track last week, I took that chance to mention they would be bringing a set to Mohawk today. And, since its the day of the show, I wanted to offer a quick reminder for you to get out to Mohawk to catch them. If you’re just looking for a good show, and unfamiliar with their work, might I suggest spending some time with my personal favorite Never Not Never Not Never Not? Regardless, they offer up some lyrical with and playfulness is destined to charm. Plus, the set starts around 10, so you’ll have plenty of time to catch opener Creekbed Carter Hogan, then Rosie Tucker and then be home by midnight! New single and my favorite LP are below!
Admittedly, the first 45 seconds or so, I was drawn to the beat and mystery of this new gglum single, but it didn’t quite catch. But, just as the 1 minute mark drops, the vocals hit a bit harder and more texture gets layered into that groovy percussive beat. It slides back into the more subtle bounce, which after hearing where the tune will go, had more of a playfulness to it; I had myself doing a little shoulder shimmy in my desk chair as I bounced along. The tune’s playing with great beats and dreamy atmospherics, sort of constantly keeping you in a state of emotional flux. Looking forward to seeing where thye go from here; this single brought to you by Secret Canadiens.
So, the sad thing about my life (not really) is that I generally have to write about yesterday’s news if no one gives me a solid heads-up; the perks of being a teacher and blogger! Speaking of that news from yesterday, PACKS, a band I’ve been hyping since the early days dropped a new single, and it’s one of my favorite new pieces from the group. I love the fuzziness of the guitar here, giving off that gritty edge that balances Madeline’s vocals in the mix. Walking that thin line, the video also encompasses a bit of the fun the group give off, working between clever pop tracks and hook-laden rockers, which will no-doubt here on their next LP. Melt the Honey is out January 19th via Fire Talk.
If ya’ll are looking for some Sunday fun day type activities with a small road trip involved as well, I suggest you head out to Lockhart on Sunday afternoon for the first ever Lockhart Record Fair. Things kick off at 11am in downtown at Lockhart Arts & Crafts with a ton of great vendors from all over the central Texas area selling all sorts of new and used records. This event is put on by our pals out at Plum Creek Records who are leading the Radio Lockhart effort which hopes to bring a non-profit radio station to their town. If you care to donate to their cause, a giving page is set up on Give Butter. Come out, say hey, and grow your collection!
Perhaps this hit on yesterday’s news cycle, but I’m an avid Flight Mode fan, as I’ve been covering the Norwegian band for several years, even remarking about how their TX ’98 EP sounded exactly like living in Austin during that period. Today, the band announce they’re working with Tiny Engines to put out a compilation of sorts, taking two EPs, plus a brand new one, and putting them all to vinyl! The new EP has its first single below, and it continues to show the growth in the songwriting; it no longer embraces nostalgia, but channels those influences into a sound that sounds effervescent, bubbling over with pop sensibilities! Really excited to hear more new stuff; you can pre-order the LP version right now; The Three Times LP drops on February 2nd!