One of the main reasons I love K Records is the way they’ve consistently approached the music industry; the other thing I appreciate are artists like The Curious Mystery. The group is releasing their Be Still 7″ on the label on January 22nd, and I’m adoring this first taste of the upcoming release. As the song rolls along, the vocals from Shana Cleveland really start to weave their way into your heart. Everything about this track is perfect, from the harmony that runs throughout to those previously mentioned vocals. Definitely something we all need to be on the lookout for!
Download:The Curious Mystery – Be Still [MP3]
It’s nice to find a tune that regardless of its lyrical content, it forces you to look at your like with a bit of introspection. I don’t know what it is, but this new song from Tara Jane Oneil has put me in this ultra-reflective mode today…I’m actually okay with that as I near the end of my time with 120 13 year olds. This single is the A-Side to TJO’s newest release on K Records, which also features “Rainbow Connection” as the B-Side. Tara sounds incredible here, and I can’t do much more than just fall in love with her voice at this time. Hopefully you find a similar sentiment when you listen, and if so, be sure to pick it up at the K Store.
Download: Tar Jane Oneil – Sirena [MP3]
You’ve got to love an indie rock stable with eclectic tastes, and such is the genius of K Records. They’re set to release the new album from Kendl Winter titled The Mechanics of Hovering Flight, and I’m really enjoying getting lost in this album today. Listeners should appreciate her penchant for storytelling, especially on this single. One listen to this track and I’m hoping you’ll see the gifts in her singing and songwriting. Oh, and I acknowledge this is a melancholy number, but there’s definitely some more peppy numbers about on the album. In this day and age, folk music is coming at us from all angles, but only so often is it done as well as it is here.
Download:Kendl Winter – Faded [MP3]
Emily Beanblossom’s a bit of a roamer, and we’re happy to have her find a home here in Austin, for the time being at least. She’s about to release her new album, Pith, via K Records on March 15th (if you buy straight from K, all money goes to Emily!) under the Ruby Fray moniker. There’s a nice bit of difference in the two tracks, one featuring a heavy-handed guitar backbone, the other more gentle and quirky. You’ll enjoy a similar variety on her album, so be sure to mark your calendars for the release date, as it’ll be a special listening experience for us all.
Download:Ruby Fray – And the Moon [MP3]
In the midst of everything out there, you gotta look hard to find catchy gems like this new number from the Maxines. The Olympia duo are releasing their Drugstore EP on the eclectic K Records next week, and while it may be a bit short in length it definitely packs a nice little punch for your ears. For a band with only two members, there’s definitely a loud sound coming out, harkening back to the bratty riot-girl efforts from back in the day. The EP also features guitarist Matt Maurillo on vocals, so be sure to pick this one up when it hits your stores next week.
Download:The Maxines – Hang Around [MP3]
Fresh out of the ashes of Desolation Wilderness comes a new project from Nic Zwart titled Electric Sunset. The first single from his upcoming self-titled album, which comes out September 7th on K Records. He’s blending electronic moments with extreme pop, all which lead to blissful moments for the listener. His record is a sort of journal of sorts, so we’re all sure to find some lyric we can relate to on some level. You’ll want to be sure to get into this now, as everyone’s bound to be talking about this come the fall.
Download: Electric Sunset – Soda [MP3]
Those who’ve been following us know just how much we here at ATH love Jeremy Jay. Not only has he already released several albums of classic American pop, but he’s got more on the way. Splash, his newest album, is set to hit stores on May 25th via K Recs, and our preliminary listens have us thinking this will be one of our favorites of the year (or mine at least). If you like what you hear, you need to make sure to check out Jeremy this year at SXSW. He’s playing for free at Urban Outfitters (3/17), Beauty Bar (3/17-Official), and Flamingo Cantina (3/18). You’ll want to check the guy out, and then you’ll want to get your hands on his new album, and those old ones are probably required for your collection as well.
Download: Jeremy Jay – This Is Our Time [MP3]
At the end of the year, we had a hard time keeping our heads above water, trying to grasp our end of the year lists and what not. In doing so, we missed the chance to alert you to the duo that is Yellow Fever. Sure, they’ve been running around Austin for several years, but recently, they’ve seen their star rising in their musical horoscope. Vivian Girls opted to release the groups self-titled debut album on their label Wild World. It’s an album full of simple ditty’s a la early K Records groups such as the Beat Happening, but instead of Calvin as the front man, you have the wonderful Jennifer Moore. It’s got enough hooks to grab the casual listener, and enough depth to instill true adoration from Austin fans. You’ll want to keep an eye on this group in 2010, especially on February 19th when they take the stage with Chain and the Gang and The Strange Boys. Sounds like a line-up of classic indie rock, and by that, I mean the stuff pre-Pitchfork. Do yourself a favor and head on out to grab a copy of Yellow Fever so you’ll know all the songs in time for the show.
I’ve been a fan of Jeremy Jay for a long time, mostly because he dances just like this photo. As I got ahold of his new 7″ Breaking the Ice, I was pleased to see he had done a sweet little cover of Buddy Holly as the B-Side. If you dig this song, and vinyl, you can buy the 7″ from K Records.
Download: Jeremy Jay – Words Of Love [MP3]
Desolation Wilderness is prepping for their tour this fall, and as most bands do, they’re releasing an album to promote themselves. This record will be titled New Universe and is going to be released by our friends over at K Records this week. We’ve got a little sample to throw at you right now!
Download: Desolation Wilderness – Boardwalk Theme [MP3]