Ghost Party Offer Cardboard Moon

You can’t listen to the tones of the guitar strum on this new Ghost Party track without feeling the emotion; there’s this natural sense of longing that pulls you right into the core of the song. Vocals are presented in such a fashion that they feel more like a whispered conversation between two lovers, which loosely ties the voice to the sentiment in the lyrical work. All of this gets tied in a nice little bow by tinkering keys and sliding guitar, letting you drive that car off towards the horizon without ever looking in the rearview mirror. Stick till the end for a sweetened dose of sugar!

Alien Eyelid Announce Bronze Star

There are a lot of records that people will define as a purely Texan sound, but having been born and raised in these here parts, sometimes a tune just clicks with you, just feels wholly Texan. That said, Alien Eyelid aren’t aiming to be purely Texan I’m sure, though that bleeds through the band’s work in this new single. There’s a matter-of-fact delivery, which recalls any number of Texas songwriters, with something in the guitars feeling like they’re fueled by the slow-burning embers of a friendly campfire amongst friends; it’s a warm sound that feels familiar and ever-present. The band will release Bronze Star on May 5th via Tall Texan.

The Ghost Party Share Severed Hands

Ghost Party is a new outfit on the Texas scene, though admittedly, they’ve got a familiar vibe going on here. Their first single brings back a smoky psychedelia, laying really low like a bit of rustling leaves in your yard. They build in a nice little plot twist when they hit the chorus, letting the melody evolve into more of a playful boogie or stomp, something that gives off a bit more groove to the genre. As the song circles back through another cycle, it eventually fades out with this bit of ambient space, leaving you with your own ability to take in a deep breath.

K. Campbell Releases Brand New Single

Sitting here on Wednesday, I feel like we could all be friends. I want to make your day better with a few sweet tunes, which is why I’m bringing you this new tune from Houston’s K. Campbell! The artist dropped this new single, with this refreshing blend of power and indie pop; it’s got this remarkably charming vocal delivery, with just enough bite to really keep you coming back time and time again. Plus, if you’re willing to indulge, there’s a nice little horn solo waiting for you in the middle, which is the perfect sign of a great pop song giving you that little bit extra.

Cameron Sonnier Shares Sunshine

I never really moved on from sweepingly dramatic pop music, which is why the craft of Cameron Sonnier really hits home…that and he’s from Houston, which ain’t too far away. This track drops into the hook zone immediately with the beat working beneath the jangling strum; delivering the first lines of “champagne/cocaine/magazine/I can give you anything you need,” immediately ups the ante, opening the door for this broad melody. In the production you can hear these little washes of atmospheric synths, texturing the world that Cameron’s created. This is our first listen to the work he’s composed for his forthcoming debut, Tunnels, expected to hit later this year.

Banger From Mother Ghost

Oscar and Thomas Flores are a brother duo from Houston who record under the moniker Mother Ghost. As our brothers to the east, we are happy to report that the boys have recently wrapped up their debut full length LP with plans to drop it later this week. Prior to the end of the week, we are pleased to blast this new singled called “Mother Ghost”. It’s sort of a dark, brooding take on new wave with an incredibly slick baseline and a hauntingly similar sound to a certain Wang Chung song (if it was slowed down and turned into horror pop). Help me in supporting our new friends over in H-Town.

Mother Ghost will release Somnmbulo this Friday, September 10th via Geodesic Records.

Stream New EP From Low Horizon

Houston based outfit Low Horizon came onto my radar a couple of years ago and I’ve been eagerly awaiting new music from the band ever since. Well now the trio are back with not just one, but three new tunes on a brand new EP of material entitled Two Days. The EP highlights the bands sort of old school, garage rock meets indie sound similar to bands like Sleater-Kinney or Built to Spill. I’ve been lucky enough to share the stream for you fans, and if you dig it, consider throwing them a few dollars over on bandcamp for a download. Viva la Texas!

K. Campbell Shares Every Little Thing

We’ve gotta rep the Texas scene, even beyond Austin, so when I heard this new track from K. Campbell drop the other day, I knew I had to share it with you immediately. It’s solid piece of power pop, falling somewhere between the landscape of Nada Surf and Teenage Fanclub, which doesn’t seem a bad place to find yourself. Soft melodic vocals glue the track together nicely, and the noisier bits get sanded along the edges, really polishing off the pop sensibility in the perfect way. If this is your style, as it should be, there’s a wonderful 7″ that features this track available HERE.

Later Nader Drops On My Way

Kind of got get out of the weekend headspace, and this track from Houston’s Later Nader definitely feels like you’re crawling out of your cave, still in a fog. It’s got that sort of bedroom production, which makes sense considering that’s where Nader Ibrahim is crafting his tunes. There’s this perfect escapism in his work, at least if you’re into this track. Still, he’s able to kind of lock you in with his vocals, kind of tethering the voice to your soul as the atmosphere circles up behind you. Get out of bed and into the music below…and if you dig, it’s NYP on Bandcamp!

Young Mammals Share Lost in Lima

As a Texas based blog, we’ve got to rep the state whenever possible, especially when its an act we’re already committed to: Young Mammals. They’ve recently announced Lost in Lima, their new LP…and below it the album’s title track; they had me hooked before hearing the song when they name dropped Wire and Neruda in the recording process. For my two cents, this song is bordering on jangle; it’s got its own bit of fog that sort of hangs over the group, which actually makes the pop sensibility billow through your speakers as things progress. I love the softness of the vocals, like a nice bit of frosting on an already delicious cake. The new record will be out on Wallflower Records on June 22nd.

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