Be forewarned. Listening to this Emily Rodgers track takes some time. Not because you’ll not be immediately struck by Rodgers’ voice, but because the song sprawls over 7 minutes. In order for you to fully capture the emotion within, you’ll need to stay tuned til the end. Clearly, the voice is the star here, but I don’t think it could really shine as brightly without the various touches placed here and there; you’ll hear a slide guitar shifting towards the sunset, but a guitar with a different tone hits just after the 3.5 minute mark, building yet another layer. Oh, and Kramer (who recorded Low and Galaxie 500) did the recording of this new record, so you know it’s going to be great. The album is titled 2 years and will be released by Misra on June 10th.
You can’t really knock slow burning folk tunes, especially when they feature exceptional vocals of a leading front woman. The slow burning folk tune of the day comes from Melaena Cadiz, and it’s a mellow track that will wind its way into your heart. The vocals are just the perfect amount of smoky and sweet, accompanied by simple acoustic guitar, but you’ll find the track is anything but simple. Cadiz, out of LA, will be releasing herlatest album, Sunfair on March 4th via Misra Records.
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Those of you looking for a sprawling bit of carefully orchestrated pop are going to fawn over Academy Songs, Volume 1, the newest record from Florida’s Holopaw. On their latest single, the vocals are what seem to draw me in, going back and forth between a careful whisper and a rising bit of force. This is one of the more gentle tunes on the record, which will see a release from Misra on January 15th. The band carefully builds the sound, with lightly rolling drums filling in the negative space with perfect precision. It’s slow opening only makes the emphatic release of tension more special as the song continues to unfold. This release can’t come soon enough.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/Discotheque.mp3]
I’m not sure where my infatuation began with Holopaw, but I’ll claim myself as a devoted fan of the group, perhaps with their early work from Sub Pop and Isaac Brock…and their impossible to find third album. They’ve just joined up with Misra, who released a 7″ from the band, and will also be releasing Academy Songs Vol. 1 on January 15th (just before my birthday!). This is the B-Side from the 7″, representative of the band’s ability to move in and out of various musical spaces within the span of a single song. It’s always been something I’ve adored, not to mention the sound of Orth’s voice on everything they’ve done. Enjoy this one.
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As soon as this song kicks off, you’re looking at a sludgy rock track, right? Well, push forward a little bit, and you’ll find yourself tapping your feet to this great folk jam. Water Liars (formerly Phantom Limb) is the name of the group comprised of friends sharing some camaraderie between Missouri and Mississippi, and they’ll be releasing their album, Phantom Limb, on Misra Records on Februrary 28th. The thing I like about this track is that it goes between this beautiful folk number, and that sludgy riff that kicks off the track. Ultimately, the love is in the meat of the track, and you’ll definitely find yourself playing this song over and over again today.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/100.mp3]
Download: Water Liars – $100 [MP3]
I’ve been giving some heavy rotation to Hallelujah the Hills lately, and like most smart bands, they have some free music you can check out. Start you trek into their discography with a free EP from last year called Prepare to Qualify which you can download for free. After that, have a listen to this new jam “Classic Tapes” which will appear on upcoming album Colonial Drones out September 22nd on Misra Records.[audio: http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/10-HallelujahTheHills-ClassicTapesC.mp3]
Download: Hallelujah The Hills – Classic Tapes [MP3]