If you want to vote for International Label of the Year, on the small scale, then you’ll probably be looking right at Chapter Music; the Australian folks have pumped out great band after great band in 2013, and they don’t aim to stop with the release of the next LP from The Ancients. Their third album, Night Bus, will be released by the label on October 18th. If you need something that holds the warmth of creativity, yet still appeals to your search for catchy hooks, then you needn’t go any further than this single. Personally, I’m feeling drawn to the fuzzy sound of the guitars throughout, though the vocals are quite pleasant too. Give it a whirl.
I figured since we’re nearing the weekend, we could all probably use a little extra pep to carry us to the end of the week. At first listen, this new single from Violent Soho might not seem like it fits, but be sure to hold on tightly. The song does pen up rather carefully, slowing moving with a drawling vocal, yet moments later the guitars are amped up, blasting into your ears. Vocals no longer seem calming, rather they’re ridden with angst. It’s really something I think would have fit perfectly into mid-90s radio airplay, and I’m not going to lie, there’s a soft spot for that in my heart. Their new LP, Hungry Ghost was just released, so check it if you enjoy.
Let’s all enjoy a little bit of throbbing synth pop today, courtesy of Australia’s Nerves. From the start, the song pulses energetically, with Cat Hughes haunting voice, reminiscent of the Knife, smoothly operating atop the beats. It’s a tune that allows you to stomp your feet frivolously, yet at the same time still revolves around the sound of the vocals. I have a feeling that a lot of people are really going to gravitate towards this track, and you can find more such tunes on the group’s new Crooked Bones EP. Tasty.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Counting.mp3]
Download: Nerves – Counting [MP3]
Several years ago we threw a chilled out little SXSW party, and we were more than excited to have Cloud Control closing the night out for us over at Empire Automotive. The band has taken some time releasing new material, but I’m completely okay with that, as this new jam is perfect for Monday morning. It’s bright in every regard, be it the emotional pull or the sound itself. It’s a track you won’t be able to get out of your head, and you won’t complain about that fact either. They’ll be releasing their new album Dream Cave in the US on September 17th; we can’t wait.
Long ago, due to my adoration of Crayon Fields, we made friends with the guys at Chapter Music. In the last few years they’ve released hits from Twerps, Dick Diver, and many more, so we’re pleased to share with you their two new singles from this week. The first is from Darren Sylvester, a visual artist in Australia; his album Off By Heart is released on October 4th. Then, there’s Bushwalking, a post-rock trio with an arty sound; they’ll release No Enter on September 6th. Enjoy these two tunes, then go browse the Australian label’s catalog for more undiscovered hits.
It’s been awhile since we last heard from Aussie’s Architecture in Helsinki, but good things come to those who wait. In the last few days, the band has popped their head up with a catchy new single that should definitely make the end of your Wednesday a good one. I figured since we’re all taking the day off to celebrate 4th of July festivities tomorrow, we’d leave you with this one last track to get you smiling on your way out the door. This is the band’s latest, but no word yet on when a full-length will come your way…we’ll keep you posted as news comes our way.
Standish/Carlyon are one of the newest acts to sign on with our friends Chapter Music over in Australia, though the US release comes via Felte Sounds. This is the second single from the duo’s upcoming Deleted Scenes LP, demonstrating how electro-pop can unfold before you when it’s created so delicately. Just as you think the track can explode, it calms back down just as quickly, like one of those waves you think you’ll catch before it fades away into the ocean. I’m thinking a lot of people are going to be interested in what this band has to offer us all in 2013, don’t you agree?[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/04-Gucci-Mountain.mp3]
Download: Standish/Carylon – Gucci Mountain [MP3]
I think it’s my personal job to try my best to cover the Australian scene from afar, so I bring you my latest discovery, Dead Owls. The band hails from Perth, which is quite a bit away from the traditional hotspots like Melbourne and Sydney. I chose to use this track off the band’s new Small Talk EP (out now on Gun Fever Records) because I think it shows both sides of their approach to songwriting. It starts off rather casual and poppy, but it’s got a fierce ending based around garage rock stylings–those are effects that the group employs more often on the rest of their latest EP. It’s just a good-hearted jam, and I hope you look into the band. Let’s show Australia we love them.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Dead-Owls-Only-Child.mp3]
Download: Dead Owls – Only Child [MP3]
It’s really remarkable when you listen to the music of James Wallace, the one man composer who works with various friends to flesh out his sounds under the name Wintercoats. I like the light-hearted feeling and the feathery quality of the vocals. He’ll be releasing his new Heartfelt EP over in Australia on April 7th through Yes Please. If you need a composition piece with an other-worldly edge, then allow yourself to be carried away by this new tune.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/01_Everyone-Mixdown_MSTR.mp3]
Download: Wintercoats – Everyone Seems To Be In On Something [MP3]
I love bands who work hard to perfect their sound. In doing so, that usually benefits us, as we get song after song of a band making their way in the musical world. One of my favorite acts working their way up the ladder is Velcro. It seems like they’ve always got a tune to release, and I think “Bottle Shop” really finds the band making their home. The pace of the track is slow, with Curtis taking the stage early with his vocals being placed atop gently progressing guitar chords. Then a female counterpart softly joins him just before the track fades out. If you love what these guys are doing, and I do, then keep an eye out as they’ll have a new full-length coming to you later this year.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Bottle-Shop-Mastered_.mp3]
Download: Velcro – Bottle Shop [MP3]