Stream Cry About It LP from Liz Burrito

If you’ve hung out in the Austin music scene for the last decade or so, you’ve likely caught Liz Burrito performing in any number of your favorite bands such as Que Pasa or Kay Odyssey. But, this last week, while I was on vacation, she dropped her latest LP, Cry About It…and it might be one of my favorite things to come out of Austin this year. The songs bounce between country-fried ballads to dreamier textured pop tunes; I particularly keep coming back to playing “False Hope,” which reminds me of something Hope Sandoval might have foreshadowed. “Feeling Window” takes a nod from a lot of the San Francisco no-pop bands, drifting in like the haze from the agricultural burns down South. And, if you’re looking to something that feels akin to her more rock-oriented tunes, might we suggest out the closing ripper, “Spirits of the Hidden Cloud.” Get into the whole thing below.

Last Week’s Jams (10.2 – 10.6)

Kind of a hectic week on my end over here, with RayRay being out of town, B.Gray getting ready to fest, and well, the usual life goes on. Managed to squeeze in a couple of phenomenal shows, so that’s a bonus, catching both Lewsberg and the Walkmen. Tons of fun songs hit last week, though admittedly, it seemed a bit thin in comparison to weeks gone by. Still, Onyon dropped fresh tunes, and Lower Plenty finally dropped their marvelous new No Poets LP. Loved that English Teacher bop, so chose it to start off the playlist. Unfortunately, one of my favorite tunes was that new Lightheaded, but it wasn’t streaming yet, so be sure to check in with Slumberland Records on that note. Monday is here. So is the music.

Kay Odyssey Share Paper Boat

It’s always a good day when you get to slide into a great Kay Odyssey tune. The Austin outfit have been consistently churning out great vibes for years, and now there’s a brand new single from the group, with a video done by the group’s own, Kristina Boswell. When the guitar trickled in, you can feel the emotion through your speakers; it had that resonance that, for me, reminded me of the Pacific Northwest in the 90s. But, drums and keys jump into the picture, kicking the tune into a bit more of a softly bouncing lullaby. Boswell’s vocals sparkle here, hitting perfect notes as the band works behind her. Plus, a later moment brings in a swelling string arrangement on cello, furthering the texture of the tune, and you completely dive into the track. Fall in love here.

Kay Odyssey Share On the Breeze Video

Our friends in Kay Odyssey dropped this great jam last week, but unfortunately got buried down in those millions of SXSW emails. Thus, here I am to harp on how great the band is, and maybe shine a little light on their hits! For me, the key to this tune is just this steady blast from the percussion; it sets the song in motion, giving it this near march vibe, allowing the psychedelic tendencies of the guitars to swirl all around while still pushing the track forward. But, just because you can stomp about doesn’t mean that the there’s not some sweetness here, as the vocal seem to take a nod from the song’s title, floating into the track like a bit of a breeze that just sort of rides the wave of the tune. Always great to have this lot pump out solid tunes!

Last Week’s Jams, Today (8.1 – 8.5)

Back to the grind! I’m back at work, getting read to teach the kids and what not! But, looking back at last week, we covered a lot of rad territory I think that’s worthy of you easing into your work week, or just your day. I was stoked to hear Emma Kupa popping up on the latest track from Let’s Whisper, a band she’s joined recently. RayRay dropped new tunes from Sunfruits and Pale Blue Eyes, as well as threw some love towards the new Mall Walker EP. I know there was a lot of love and buzz on the new Peel Dream Magazine and Winter tunes, but personally, the track I couldn’t stop playing was the Enola jam inclued. Anyways, enjoy.

Kay Odyssey Share Tomorrow’s Girl

Austin’s Kay Odyssey have been relatively quiet since their excellent Knockout LP in 2020, and today it looks like the band is gearing up for another stellar release, sharing a fresh single with us. This new tune has a striking elegance to it, with Kristina’s voice majestically soaring over the baroque backdrop carefully crafted by the rest of the group. Subtle piano lines walk us along, with Liz Burrito’s careful drum work and Geannie Friedman holding the rhythm section in place to help build the song towards its delightful apex; it all comes together like a crash between indiepop and Medieval Times…and I mean that as a compliment. We’ll keep you posted as we hear more, but for now, relish this sweet jam.

Show Preview: Yumi Zouma @ Barracuda (1/13)

If you’re willing to brave the cold; it’s going to be warm inside Barracuda tomorrow night…and not just because it’s indoors. You’re going to get a chance to catch Yumi Zouma touring in support of their most recent album, Willowbank; it’s filled to the brim with hook-laden pop music of the electronic pop sort. Plus, the night will also be filled by two of our favorite local acts, Kay Odyssey and Blushing. We heard that Blushing will probably have their brand new Weak EP on hand before it’s street date, so head there and pick you a copy for yourself.

Hear Kay Odyssey’s Slack Capital 2 Contribution

Slack Capital 2 is a compilation of music by 27 of the coolest bands in Austin. All proceeds go to SafePlace, which provides support for victims of domestic and sexual violence. To make sure every one of these bands gets the attention they deserve, we’re unveiling one song per day.

Song of the day: Kay Odyssey – “Slipstream”

For a band with “odyssey” in their name, it’s fitting that “Slipstream” feels like a journey. The guitar-heavy track is psychedelic and mysterious, with swirling sounds that evoke a heavy trip, across a desert or in one’s own head. Band leader Kristina Boswell sings in a Roy Orbison-meets-Corin Tucker wail, gliding upward as the song reaches epic guitar god heights. That’s where they shine the most, when, as cymbals crash ecstatically, the dense and fearful atmosphere succumbs to the will of one who has found their voice.

Pre-order Slack Capital 2 right HERE.

Show Pics: Pollen RX Release Party

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Sunbelt Emptiness is a triumph. How is that for a quotable?

Having torn up a couple of pizzas at King Bee (you must go, Billy and Collette rule), +1 and I made our way to see all the friends over at Cheer Up for the Pollen RX release party. High on my list was checking out The Infinites plus a little quality time with Kay Odyssey. I hit the wall a little after Pollen RX’s nearly perfect set; we could have used a little more vocal in the mix from Maud. #Gremlins I should have stuck around for Deep Time and Popper Burns from field reports.

Click through, pictures and stuff to follow.

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Show Pics: Eternal Summers & Turbo Fruits @ Holy Mountain (4/20)

Eternal SummersIt was 4/20 and team ATH braved the pot-laden air in Austin to go check out several great bands playing the Monday night show at Holy Mountain. We got a double headlined deal with Eternal Summers and Turbo Fruits along with Kay Odyssey and Rose Selavy. Indie pop gems, rock and/or roll, surf inflicted pop, we had an evening of subtle sub-genre loving. I chucked the manual focus primes into the camera bag and captured moments.

Brief thoughts and plenty of shots await…

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