If you haven’t been paying attention to what Forged Artifacts in the last few years, it’s high time you get hip to one of the great small indie labels out there. Just yesterday the label shared a song from the forthcoming Bill Waters EP; I must admit that I’m quite smitten. My ears are probably jaded but I think the first single we hear is fairly reminiscent of 60s pop music; the way the harmonies and guitar lines are wrapped around the vocals. Of course, the latter half of the track is intent upon ignoring standard tropes, so you get to hear a little sonic noodling. The Honey Hi cassette tape will drop on March 29th.
It’s not too often that we really dwell in the realm of reissues; they always seem a cash grab for labels and what not. But, our friend over at Citrus City has a few forthcoming reissues that beg your attention.
First up is Shindigs Like So/Summa! Goddess! double cassette. It’s this wonderfully dreamy bit of indiepop, which makes perfect sense as Beejay Budan has both the influence of his home in the Philippines and San Diego…so you get a little sharp pop with sunny Cali warmth. This tune below will definitely be playing on all the boomboxes this summer.
The other reissue is for Boyscott, who self-released their Goose Bumps LP back in 2015. But, the great thing about brilliant pop music is that it never gets old; this album feels really relevant musically, so jam the whole thing here below.
Many of you are surely (hopefully) aware of Lauren Green, one of the lead songwriters behind Austin/New Mexico act, Mirror Travel. While she just released Cruise Deal (Mod Out) this last week, she also quietly released a few EPs over the last few years that may have gone unnoticed. That is unless you were Keeled Scales, who will be compiling her two EPs (Grape Perfume/Easy Spirits) into one great cassette for your listening pleasure. I put the latest of the two, Grape Perfume, below for you to sample, as I think it’s my favorite of the two. It’s great to see a different mindset and songwriting structure for someone we’ve listened to for so long. You can order the cassette right HERE…and stream one of the two EPs below.
If you skipped over our year end list (which you shouldn’t have), then you might have missed out on the fact that one of my favorite listens was Woolen Men‘s Temporary Monument. Surprisingly, the band are already back with their brand new Options EP. The EP’s title track has the infectious post-punk meets art rock feel, showing that the group aren’t anywhere to slowing things down. Still, some of the tracks have a slower pacing, illustrating that it’ll be hard to pigeonhole the group’s sound going forward. But, one thing’s for sure, they’re always a great listen. They released this EP on a limited run of cassettes, so you can grab that HERE.
So the story goes that Love In Mind blossomed, bloomed and died…though not under tragic circumstances, just under the reality of living life. Still, the Seattle act left a lasting imprint, and one that’s reverberated through the various members new projects (Dozer, Sick Sad World). But, they’ve graciously completed the recordings of their tracks and are now making them available through a limited cassette run on Lost Sound Tapes. The single definitely has a very Pacific Northwest feel to it, at least in so far as the first half of the track goes before ringing guitar stabs and bobbing drums take you tightly to the finish. You like what you hear? Grab a cassette before they vanish, just like the band.
I’ve always known that Jared Zoltar had a knack for writing incredible tunes; he’s been crafting timeless pop music with the Zoltars here in Austin for some time, but could he keep it up on his own? Um, the answer’s a definite yes! Welcome Late Bloomers is his new solo-outing under his given name, Jared Leibowich, and it’s probably going to end up in my personal year end list of great things to come out of Austin in 2015. I don’t know, I’ve been listening to this non-stop and now I feel like I’m fawning over Jared, so let’s just say it’s your turn to fawn over him. He’ll also be playing a residency at Beerland all through October, so be sure to catch one of his shows…it’s always worth your time. His new album is available now through Unblinking Ear Records.
Pretty sure any of you reading that are looking for some good indiepop are going to really enjoy what’s going on with Plums, if you haven’t been hipped to them already. They’ve got that twinkling guitar sound, like our friends in Literature or Rose Selavy; the tones of the vocals are warm and calming, creating the perfect balance for the band’s sound. They just released their new EP, Jen, via cassette on Forged Artifacts, but you can also grab it digitally via the NYOP (donate or die). It’s seven tracks that’ll make you come back for more and more, just the way indiepop should.
There’s no doubt in my mind that I’m a huge indiepop fan; it’s what I clamor for on a daily basis, and the one thing I miss in Austin (give or take a few bands). So, I went to hit up a show at Cheer Ups last week to catch one of those acts, Rose Selavy. They were great, and I expected they would be; they’re still a fairly new band in town, working through the early stages, but I have no doubt they’ll make waves soon. But, immediately following them was Expert Alterations from Baltimore. One word to describe their sound: classic. There was jangle, bubbling bass, steady percussion and a little bit of reverb on the vocals. Honestly, it made my night, so here I am a week later imploring you to keep an eye on the band. Here’s their most recent cassette that should give you reason to love them.
Just this last week the folks over at Burger Records released a cassette from Dutch band Mozes and the Firstborn. I like how the group opens up this lead single by jumping right into the chorus, than going backwards by offering up the verses. The vocals remind me of Austin’s The Strange Boys, those there’s a different folk spin on the group’s approach. A relaxed pace and a catchy chorus make this song worthy of repeat listens throughout your day, which will hold true for the band’s self-titled cassette. It’s available now, so do what’s good for you and pick it up.
8-Tracks. Cassette Tapes. And now, another one bites the dust. Today’s Top 5 is dedicated to the memory of the compact disc. Honestly, when was the last time you bought an actual CD? Even if you have made a recent CD purchase, chances are you took it straight to your computer to put it on your iPod. So in honor of the CD’s demise, we’re taking another trip down memory lane. Most of us here at The ATH were in our early teens when CD players became the craze. So the day we brought home that first CD was an epic experience. So without further ado, here’s a list of first CD’s from 5 ATH staff members. Be sure and stroll down memory lane with us when you’re done.