So last week Ryan and I had to do tons of training and such things for the job that pays, so we took Monday off. Thus, our week ran a little short on tunes…that and it feels like there wasn’t a whole lot out there that I really dug. Maybe I’m just being an old curmudgeon. Thus, we let you off light this week, with only 9 little jams, so you can get in and out on this last week’s listening playlist in just over 30 minutes…then move on your way. Some jams from Austin’s Zero Percent APR, as well as that beautiful new tune from Dummy from their forthcoming album.
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We recently announced that our label arm, ATH Records, would be stepping outside of Austin this year; we were stoked to announce we’d be working with Swansea Sound, featuring members of Heavenly, Pooh Sticks, Catenary Wires, etc. Well, now we have another fresh video from the band’s forthcoming Live at the Rum Puncheon. It’s the opening track on their LP, with Hue starring in the front of this tune, in both song and video. It’s good to see that Amelia’s catching up on her reading, particularly as there’s a great Felt/the Servants/Talulah Gosh flier right behind her for a show I wish I could have attended. Speaking of shows, if you’re in the UK, the band have a handful of shows to celebrate the release of the album. There’s tons of folks involved here (Skep Wax, etc), but if you’re in the US, you can grab a tape HERE or an LP HERE.
Let’s not beat around the bush here, Zero Percent APR is the alter ego of our favorite Austin ghouls, Being Dead; you might remember we helped the band put out this rad EP a few years back. Well, their here today to bewitch you with their Halloween album, just out on cassette via Spared Flesh Records. This collection of themed music still has the same experimentation and devilish humor that the band always utilizes in their work; it still has me wondering why they aren’t the biggest band in the world right now? Seriously, how is a band with these gifts and a rocking live show not bigger than Shakey Graves? I have no idea, but Halbum is a fun collection of tunes from the ZPAPR, something for you from the underworld.
I always wish I had talent to write songs, or even sing them for that matter. I think if I could, I’d be crafting tunes like LA’s Semi Trucks. The vocals, like mine, have this sedate baritone to it, giving off this naturally forlorn vibe, despite little nods of melody inching to the surface. Musically, the song is not-quite pop, the kind of music a pop fan would make from the shadows, illustrating that there’s a nostalgic glimmer in the eye of Brendan Sepe, reflecting on various levels of pop both past and present; I love how little noisy wrinkles mix it up too in the song’s latter half, giving just the faintest hint of rough edges to the tune. This is great pop…for sad bastards. Vs California will be out on November 26th via the esteemed Meritorio Records.
I’m a big fan of what Chayse Porter is doing on his latest single from his forthcoming LP, Chay’s Palace. Toying with the structure, he offers this sort of spinning carousel pop, a whirling-dervish of outsider bops. But, just as he’s seduced you with his ringmaster gifts, the song flips over, shockingly bringing in this hook-laden burst of melody that on its own is worthy of your listening pleasure. It’s all dreamy notes and bouncing beats, kicking the chorus into party mode before slinking back into the realm of twisted pop guru. If you’re into it, Chay’s Palace is out via Earth Libraries in December.
Melbourne based lads Good Morning have really been getting out attention over the last several years with a steady stream of solid releases and singles. Just last month, Nate the Tank shared with you the bands latest single, “burning”, and it’s caused quite a stir around the ATH offices about the upcoming new LP. With the release date for Barnyard now drawing near, I suggest you check out this new track, “depends on what i know”, if you have yet to tune your ears towards their sound. You should enjoy the simplicity of Good Morning’s brand of indie rock while appreciating the slickness of the bass lines and groovy, laid back nature of the song. Now you know.
We’ve been on board the Dummy train since their first EP, and let me tell you, you’re in for a real treat when you unwrap your copy of their debut Mandatory Enjoyment. On the last single before the record drops, the band have chosen to release an instrumental jam…but one that ties this LP to their first EP. When we first heard EP 1, you were getting the feeling that the band was just finding their footing, sampling a collection of sounds. But, in retrospect, and seeing how “Atonal Poem” fits into the new record, it feels more purposeful. It’s like they sat down to create a 7 course (or 12 song) meal, and in it, there are supreme highs, and subtle treats, and there are palate cleansers, like the closer we have below. Coming across like an instrumental sonic exploration, this tune caps off the record, allowing you the space and time to reflect on the whole of your experience. Mandatory Enjoyment hits on October 22nd via Trouble in Mind.
Wanted folks to get into Green Gerry today, so let’s start with his latest jam from his forthcoming Pigeon Fix. Stylistically, I think folks will lump his work into the likes of Alex G or something akin to that; I like to think of it as the rock version of bands like Hovvdy or Good Morning. Green Gerry always employs this incredible melodic backbone for his songs, allowing him to dabble with the structures and build in various layers as the tunes progress, precisely as he does with this latest single. Pigeon Fix hits on November 10th, raising the bar a little bit on this genre, and I’m all ears.
Peter Wagner’s Furrows project will release Fisher King this Friday, and its high time we pay some attention to the songwriter, with the latest single being one of the many highlights we’ve found. In a sense, the construction reminds me a lot of Papercuts, sort of this psychedelic swatch collection, little bits here and there unfolding at each turn; I will say there seems to be a bit more clarity in these tunes, like the focus is purely on the melodic connection between song and listener. In that, you get sort of this effortless ride on the musical waves, never cresting, just sort of bobbing on the sea of life, happy to still be afloat in this mess of a world. Fisher King drops Friday!
Seeing as I love Screaming Females, I was super excited to hear that Marissa Paternoster would be releasing her debut solo effort; we got news today that Peace Meter will be out via Don Giovanni on December 3rd. On the opening single, we get Marissa marching through a cemetery as she repeats the chorus of “your feathers soaked in blood.” The imagery is striking, but what really hits home is the construction of the song as a whole. There’s this patience that’s evolved in Pastnoster’s songwriting, based on this calmed guitar strum, allowing her to maximize this huge wall of emotion; it’s buoyed by the production and added arrangements from Andy Gibb (of Thou). It’s a pretty powerful opening statement from a record we’re sure to adore.