Knife in the Water have been fairly quiet since 2003, though we should have all started gearing up our anticipation for new work when the band popped up at the Austin Jukebox gig earlier this year. Luckily, that time is drawing nearer, and we can all purchase the band’s first new single, which is streaming below. The track is a sprawling bit of ambient Americana, such that fits perfectly into the lives of those who’ve venture across the vast expanse of Texas. Like all things, the band has aged remarkably well, and their musical return illustrates perfect restraint and polish, making this an outstanding song you’ll need to get to know. It’s released this Friday, November 11th, via Keeled Scales, who will release their long-awaited new record, Reproduction, in Marchof next year.
I’ve been a fan of RF Shannon since I caught wind of their work via Punctum Records, and now Shane Renfro ismoving forward with thebrand new Other Trails EP. Perhaps one of my favorite things about the project is that it consistently acknowledges the influence of Texas, be it in the sound, or the imagery, like in the video below. You get a bit of both here, which is just another reason to keep an eye on all the work that’s promised to be on its way; not to mention that there’s always this level of thoughtfulness streaming from RF Shannon releases. I don’t really need to say more than that you’ll enjoy this tune, and probably the EP when it’s released on October 21st via Keeled Scales.
Earlier this year, Austin’s Real Live Tigers released Denaturedvia Keeled Scales; it’s the perfect Austin album, relying upon great lyricism and folk aesthetics. But, in case you haven’t really gotten to know the band or its songs, then perhaps this great new video for “Leave a Map” will encourage your listening. Not only is the video shot beautifully, but the narrative also grasps the beauty of this track too, especially in its message of leaving something behind, something positive that can serve as your mark…where others will see your trials and tribulations as accomplishments along life’s path. Enjoy the video and head over to the KS Shop and grab the record.
Many of you are surely (hopefully) aware of Lauren Green, one of the lead songwriters behind Austin/New Mexico act, Mirror Travel. While she just released Cruise Deal (Mod Out) this last week, she also quietly released a few EPs over the last few years that may have gone unnoticed. That is unless you were Keeled Scales, who will be compiling her two EPs (Grape Perfume/Easy Spirits) into one great cassette for your listening pleasure. I put the latest of the two, Grape Perfume, below for you to sample, as I think it’s my favorite of the two. It’s great to see a different mindset and songwriting structure for someone we’ve listened to for so long. You can order the cassette right HERE…and stream one of the two EPs below.