Having just announced an anthology of the last decade of songwriting, Alex Schaaf is ready to return to his Yellow Ostrich moniker. Today we get to listen to “Julia,” a song about the difficulties of maintaining all sorts of relationships, romantic and otherwise…and trying to reason with those challenges. Musically, I was really drawn to his vocal approach on the song at first; there was something mathematical about it, almost like Rob Crow in some of the early Pinback work (seriously, this sounds like beautiful slowcore Finback!). That said, the song wouldn’t be successful if there weren’t careful little touches throughout the tune that really emphasize the attention to detail from the participants on the recordings; I’m all for building layer upon layer, just like Schaaf and company have done here. Soft, the new LP, is out on April 24rd via Barsuk Records.
Usually I go on and on about how I bring the rock and or roll, but occasionally I branch out….such as today with Dan Bodan. At first listen, it’s this very quiet glitch electronica, touched up finely with some careful acoustic touches. But, as the song unfolds, Bodan makes his own entrance, entering with this softness that erupts into a powerful presence. It’s another listen to what should shape up to be an interesting experience when his Soft LP is released by DFA Records on October 28th.
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Luke Rathborne is not a gentleman I know a whole lot about at this point, but I do know that I enjoy the sounds he’s currently creating. His introduction to me, “Last Forgiven”, is streaming below and serves as a great pop hello to anyone unfamiliar with the artist. He certainly has a knack for writing some interesting guitar driven pop tunes.
Rathborne has a new album called Soft due out July 2nd and is available for pre-order now.[audio:https://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Last-Forgiven-Rathborne.mp3]
Download: Rathborne – Last Forgiven [MP3]
I was recently sent some new music by NYC based band Soft that I’ve been giving some heavy spins at work today. The guys have that all too familiar twee pop/shoegaze style that’s becoming ever popular in the music world with bands like POBAH and Yuck leading the way. Now I won’t simply say that Soft sounds like those bands, but they do have an eerily similar sound while still bringing something new to the genre. This track “Cieling” is set to appear on upcoming album Dogs which is said to be available sometime very soon on itunes. Dig.[audio: https://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/Soft_The_Ceiling.mp3]
Download: Soft – The Ceiling [MP3]