It’s been a few years since Lina Tullgren shared their debut with the world, but today news comes our way that they’re ready to drop a new LP, Free Cell, in our laps. In the story of the album, it seems that Lina was isolated for much of the writing, forced to grapple with songwriting in their own manner; you can sort of feel that solitude in this very single, though it offers up these bits of light as glimmers of hope hanging in your ears. Personally, I’m really drawn to the guitar work on this; they mess with time signatures and traditional manners of song, particularly in the closing minute. Free Cell already sounds so full of promise that I can’t wait, but I’ll have to, as its not out until August 23rd via Captured Tracks.
I don’t think I can get enough music from Molly Burch, so it’s a good thing that the Austin songwriter has quickly followed up First Flower with a new 7″. Our first listen to the album’s A-side has me salivating for that flip side; I’m always sitting here marveling at her range as I listen to her sing. She operates with, as she describes it, ‘drama,’ but in that, she moves back and forth between smoky lounge crooner and jazz belter. Musically, the mixing on Molly’s record is always superb, with strings and guitar applying the perfect accent to her performance, yet never really over-stepping their role in the song. Finally an artist I can get my parents into! Her new Ballads 7″ is out on August 2nd via Captured Tracks. There’s also a huge tour throughout August, culminating in an Austin show at Barracuda.
I don’t think enough folks appreciate the work that’s being done by B Boys (the band not the breaker — though they can break, I’m sure). Two albums in of incredibly spastic art rock with a sharpness like no other current band, and still we fawn over the imitators. Today they announce Dudu (I’m thinking its a reference to the Brazilian soccer player), and man, they do so in brilliant fashion. Those angular guitar daggers jump right in, keeping that off-kilter drive alive while the vocals are half-spoken half-wailed emphatically through your speaker. I think what I’m digging on upon first few listens is that there’s this heavier riff keeping the song pushing forward; it’s not all angles and what not…plus that rhythm section rules. The group look to be working pretty hard on the road, with dates scattered from July to September (hopefully with Dumb and Omni…if I’m picking my dream line-up); Dudu drops on July 26th via Captured Tracks.
Look, we’re excited for the new Reptaliens album alright? As if you couldn’t tell from our previous two posts about the album and singles, here’s yet another one with the album’s last single “Give Me Your Love”. Yet again, you will find some intriguing lo-fi, bedroom pop sounds equal to anyone currently in the genre. This is sure to be one of our top albums of the year.
Reptaliens release VALIS on April 26th via Captured Tracks.
Every time we get a new one from Chris Cohen, you know I have to share it! He’s well on his way to the release of his new album,Chris Cohen, which is his third record out on his own and is out this Friday 3/29. “No Time To Say Goodbye,” may be my favorite that has been released so far from the gentleman for this album.What I’m most impressed by with this song is how Chris Cohen tackles a classic pop song structure with choral hook in such a Cohen-fashion. The title of the track is sung as a ‘chorus,’ in perfect falsetto gets lodged into your head. Lucky for us in Austin, Cohen is stopping by the Mohawk to play a set next week! The show is Thursday, April 4 and tickets are hella cheap. Scoop yours so you get the chance to hear these gorgeous new tracks live.
We love Reptaliens here on the ATH crew and I know we are all excited for their new album VALIS coming new month. Prior to the upcoming release date, the band has shared yet another single called “Venetian Blinds”. Once again we are treated to some beautiful, chill pop music and an amazing tour video to go along with the song. Now I’m looking even more forward to the release of the new album on April 26th.
I knew this new Reptaliens LP was right around the corner, so I’m glad the secret is out, as I adored FM-2030. Our first listen from the forthcoming LP offers up a woozy dreampop sound. Synths float in heavily, often seeming as if they’re in and out of tune; they get matched up with these grooving bass lines that will certainly have you bobbing your head. It’s all spliced up by layered synths and sharp guitar parts; it’s short and sweet, easily consumable. Look for their new album Valis to drop via Captured Tracks on April 26th, as well as huge Spring tour that brings them to SXSW.
We here at ATH are pretty big fans of Chris Cohen, so it’s safe to say we’re stoked for the upcoming release of another LP from him, which is coming out on 3/29. From that record, he’s shared another perfect soft pop track for us with “Sweet William,” which is accompanied by a silly and entertaining video. The song bounces along with a twee synth / distorted keyboard riff, killer bass line and barely-there percussion. Cohen’s mellow vocals come in like a wave of warm sunlight and the track pulses forward shifting at the two minute mark when the electric guitar rips through to a great solo. The video also escalates along with the music, as Cohen’s fever dream / sleepwalking / trip is pushed to its climax, with his spirit guide handing him a notebook with what appears to be lyrics to a song–perhaps this one. Take a peek below and then go pre-order his new self titled album, which will be out in about a month on Captured Tracks.
We all had hints that a new Chris Cohen record was on the horizon, and I’m just grateful that it’s closer on the horizon than I expected. I’ve been infatuated with Chris since Overgrown Path (2012), and this new single strikes a similar chord. Chris writes with such simplicity, or seemingly so, that you end up being caught up in the song’s emotional pull rather than focus on the instrumentation. We have that here, though the melodies Cohen pulls from his voice are so sublime that they pull you in like tractor beams. The next album is self-titled and it will be released by Chris’ longtime label Captured Tracks on March 29th.
It’s always nice to imagine an album with this or that song included, though I don’t think Wild Nothing‘sIndigo really needed any additional flourishes. Although, with that said, this leftover definitely has that shimmering pop that gets right with me. That murky chord that opens before the wash of keyboards coat it, struck me immediately; it’s great how Jack plays between elements of light and dark in his sonic textures. Still, his latest LP showed great control of the hooks that are central to this song, so it would have been nice to see where you would have slid this one into the mix. Who knows, right? At least now we have this new version to enjoy.