This show was immediately on the gotta-go list, The Soft Moon with Boy Harsher? Yes. I know both were about during SxSW, but I wanted full sets and the stars never aligned to allow for viewing freeing time slots for other acts from overseas. Double win. When you add in local openers Troller, you have a show that has great potential to sell out Barracuda.
…and sell out it did.
I’ll share a few thoughts about each of the band’s sets and plenty of photos right after the jump. Sound good? OK.
It seems Holodeck Records are preparing for another act to take the reigns in their global electronic domination, this time with the new LP from Thousand Foot Whale Claw. Opening the track is nearly two minutes of stark industrial atmosphere, as the video pans through what looks like a dilapidated school building (or what we just call school in Texas). But, just before the 2 minute mark, the beat changes, signaled by a dancer in a hooded onesie grooving to a more propulsive beat. That carries through, allowing the rest of the video cast to partake in dancing, though centralized on one man. For me, even when their sounds are rooted, the people involved in Holodeck always make things sound fresh. Look for Black Hole Party on June 29th.
If you’re living outside of Austin, or maybe even inside, you might lump Holodeck Records into the electronic community, which is fair. But, this Friday the label release Holodeck Vision One, a compilation reaching across all genres. There are some big names within, but today we’re bringing you one of our personal highlights…a new tune from Single Lash. Interestingly, it’s a six minute opus where the band refuses to be defined, offering glimpses of both goth and shoegaze, but even more impressive to me is the patience and space utilized within the confines of the tune. Chords carefully ring out, echoing on top of each other and fading out as Nicolas’ deep vocals drive home the emotional appeal. Endure the first four minutes and you’ll be met with a wave of guitars crashing down upon you, and you won’t be able to pull yourself away. I’ve been lost in this song for the last 24 hours, so be careful, there’s no coming back. Look for the HV1 Compilation to drop Friday.
Switched On is the heralded synthesizer shop over on East Cesar Chavez, and from time to time, they encourage gatherings of the musical/art realm…and I always encourage you to go. This Saturday, they’re hosting Austin’s own Holodeck Records…home to Boan, VVV, and that band Survive everyone keeps talking about. They’re bringing a bunch of their own artists like Dylan Cameron and Curved Light, but also inviting M. Geddes Genaras of LA out. But, as all great things truly are, this isn’t just about the music, as there will be visual artists there to stimulate some of your other fine senses. It’s a free event, and beverages will be provided by Austin Beer Works and High Brew Coffee!
If you were out and about last night, hopefully you hit up the Holodeck Records night, where they premiered a video from their newest signing, Lou Rebecca. The French popster, LR is backed by Josh Mills, who should already be a household Austin name for his work in Silk Rodeo and Missions. Along with the video, the label announced that they’ll be releasing a limited cassette come this January…featuring this gem of a tune. If you haven’t caught on to Lou Rebecca yet, you better get on it quick, as she surely will be a common name in the very near future. Grab the tape HERE.
Everyone is already looking forward to doing it again. More on that later. I took photos, we did our shimmy thing, records were sold, merch was sold, group shots, industry discussions, ball-busting, cider sampled, dogs joined in, kids were indoctrinated into collecting vinyl.
Modern Outsider, Super Secret Records, Western Vinyl, Holodeck Records, Launch Cycle, Chicken Ranch Records, Keeled Scales, Saint Marie Records, Nine Mile Records and, as Nate said, our own little ATH Records all had the booths up and running. We had the musical stylings of The Sour Bridges and A. Sinclair.
Please enjoy my little photo essay on the Austin Record Label Flea Market. Click through to see what you missed or reminisce…
While the rock n’ roll scene is clearly alive and flourishing in Austin, lets not forget the incredible electronic scene that continues to inspire. The latest rising star is Curved Light, the project of synth composer Peter Tran. I love the gradual build to this song, especially as the tension pushes and pushes the listener right until the song’s last gasp. Don’t come here looking for that euphoric release, as this is clearly more about composition and structure, of the electronic sort. Look for a brand new batch of compositions on his Channelviewmix coming out via Holodeck on this Friday.
You’ve always got to keep an eye on what Holodeck Records is doing, as they’re the premier label in Austin when it comes to electronic music. They’re currently working on the release of VVV‘s Why El Paso Sky, and we have this great little drifting piece of ambient electronica for your ears today. It’s the perfect little piece, almost like a blip in a greater soundtrack due to its brevit. It has this unfolding element, settling in the middle into absolute quiet, then moving to the song’s close. It sounds like this release will be a journey through the depths of Shawhin’s cavernous mind; look for the release on March 10th.
Clearly Holodeck had a banner year last year with all they deserved hype around Survive, but they’ve been fostering incredible electronic music here in Austin for some time, much like producer VVV. Throughout the last few years he’s released several EPs and tracks specializing in his thought provoking intelligent dance music, and Why El Paso Sky is a collection of b-sides and rarities in hopes your ears will pay closer attention as he preps more tunes for you in 2017. Settle into the cold dreary morning that is today with this tune, and grab it from Holodeck on March 10th.
I won’t lie to you; I completely should have been on the ball giving more love to Troller. Their one of the great bands in Holodeck‘s stable, bringing some of the most interesting electronic music in town to the masses. Troller just released Graphic, which is a darkened collection of lush synth-pop tracks, including this standout, “Storm Maker.” The video matches the feeling of the song, unfolding various images as the vocals dance around in the atmosphere. If you’re smart, you’ll get your hands on the LP right away.