Holy Wave – Five of Cups

For the past however many years, Holy Wave has been working in the Austin music scene, often times as the sort of bastard step-child of heavy-hitters the Black Angels, and sadly overlooked more often than not. Careful ears will have seen that the group have been gradually moving away from similarities, and Five of Cups is the perfect statement album, making the group a powerful beast all their own. Broke it down into track by track for you all, with some trite final thoughts at the end.

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Last Week’s Jams (8.7 – 8.11)

Admittedly, we might have outdone ourselves last week; I’m fairly certain I’m the one to blame. Somehow, we tossed up 40 songs, though a few are unavailable in the streaming sites, so you’ve only got 38 tracks on this week’s playlist. There’s a ton of Austin stuff, with new music from Daiistar, Semihelix, Half Dream and more…obligatory A Giant Dog is in there and such. Plus, still continuously impressed by the magic that is Prewn. Oh, and Australia’s buzzing at the moment, and their music isn’t half-bad either, with new tracks from the Small Intestines and Soft Covers being considered as must listens. So, if you’ve got an hour or two to kill…go on and stream!

Lorelle Meets the Obsolete Share Ave en Reversa Video

We’ve got to keep our International readers happy, and with that, we turn towards Mexico’s Lorelle Meets the Obsolete. Earlier this summer, the group released Datura, but today I’m stoked to share a new video from standout “Ave en Reversa.” I was hooked from the opening, dropping in this angular line that kicks in enough pop to it that you can’t help but bob your head as the hi-hat shimmies in the background. Singer Lorena moves inside those notes, playfully maneuvering with this relaxed cool that carefully drifts atop the tune. As things progress, those angular notes get a bit sharper as the band start to flex their post-punk tendencies and creativity; see the pulsating midtrack breakdown for a prime example. But, just as easily as they slide into that, they creep right back into the melodic vibe, closing out the song in style. Datura is available now via Sonic Cathedral.

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