We’ve been telling y’all about this Black Medicine EP from Austin’s own Flatliner for a little while now, but now there is really no excuse not to take a listen to some of the finer Austin tunes on the electronic/dance side of things. A week before its street release, Flatliner are streaming this ethereal dance party up on their soundcloud page for you to enjoy for free and then pick up the physical release next week. The whole thing is a mix of dystopian waves of synth and dark grooves to get your ass moving. Once you’re done jamming to these great electronic sounds, you can head over here to preorder the record.
In case you’ve been hiding under a rock here in Austin, you’ve likely already heard BOAN, or at least I hope you have. The duo is made up of Jose Cota (of Ssleeperhold) and Mariana Saldana, and they’ve been working to create their minimal electronic music for some time, and finally are ready to share their new album, Mentiras, with you. While not all the group’s songs go this route, the usage of Spanish in the lyrics pays a bit of homage to the cultural heritage of the duo; it adds a bit of international flare to the budding electro pop they’ve carefully been crafting. Personally, I love the dark turn this track takes on in the second half. Holodeck Records will be releasing Mentiras on June 9th.
Looking back, or listening back, at the buzz from SXSW, several of our friends consistently through Marie Davidson at us, hoping we could get a chance to check her out. After spending quite a bit of time with her new album, Un Autre Voyage, I can definitely get behind the hype, so it’s only fair that I share her latest single. While constructed largely as an unraveling electronic piece, her spoken vocals add an extra layer that makes the song impactful. Don’t look for her to hit you over the head with throbbing beats, but rather let her guide you through the caverns of her work. Holodeck Records releases the new album on April 14th.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/04-Insomnie.mp3]
EDM gets all the hype nowadays, but there are small circles that appreciate the original days where the I replaced the E, making ambient/techno in a smarter, possibly less consumable, manner. On Marie Davidson‘s latest single, it’s clear to me that she’s stepping forward to grab the reins. There’s an immediate propulsion to the tune, though it’s not an out-and-out beat to make the kids pump their fists. Little electronic bleeps burst through while Davidson speaks in French atop her constructed piece. This is the sort of electronic music I can get behind; look out for Un Autre Voyage via Holodeck Records on April 14th.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/bVkMcmTOONba.128.mp3]
Austin’s Sungod have countless releases, from full-lengths to EPs, and they’ve just added another release this week, with a new self-titled effort. They’re not crafting music like many of their peers in Austin, which, to my ears, makes them stand out in quite a good way. The single we’ve got below really sounds like this space-aged psych-folk piece of work, and I mean that in an endearing, get you excited, sort of way. But, just as you’ve settled into that vibe, they break the song down with an explosion of noise and ambiance to wrap the track up just under 7.5 minutes. It’s not your ordinary fare, and as such, should be valued great. Pick up your copy of the group’s album from local label Holodeck Records.