As the days draw closer to yet another festival in Austin, we’re starting to take a closer look at some of the lesser known bands on the list, and Secret Colours are my latest obsession. I think this Chicago act speaks to the festivals diversity this year, offering a poppier glint on the broader psych spectrum. Listening to their newest single reminds me of what a joy it was listening to early Of Montreal, using noisy touches of guitars and delicious bass parts to really suck you into the song. If you’re not going to the festival, then I at least suggest you make way for Positive Distractions II to make its way into your playlist on April 29th.
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I’m loving living in Austin right now; there’s so much incredible music out there it’s hard to know where to turn. But, we do know one of the band’s on our list to watch is The Ghost Wolves. The duo have deservedly earned themselves a strong following here in town, with wailing guitars and pounding drum work. Carley Wolf comes off with a strong personality, using her bratty tones to rock the crowds. On May 27th the band will release Man, Woman, Beast via Plowboy Records; it’ll include several live bonus tracks too! Enjoy jamming out to this track today, will ya?
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If you’re looking for a lady with some pipes, you need look no more. Hollie Fullbrook has a set of pipes that’s going to win your heart, and it makes listening to her project Tiny Ruins something quite special. The band is fleshed out with a bass and a drum, but for all intents and purposes, the show is stolen completely by Fullbrook’s voice and her gentle strumming. You need to sit back and let this song wash over you; you’ll be grateful that you did. The band’s new record, Brightly Painted One, will be out on May 13th via the heralded Flying Nun Records.
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Friday’s are supposed to be fun, right? Well, there’s probably not another track that I’ve had as much fun with as this new tune from London’s 3108. The synth based project is the work of Tyler Zypreksa, and this tune’s a short blast through the super fun zone. It’s a song that pushes forward from the get go, and if you listen carefully you can hear some guitar blips cutting through the pulsating electronics. He’ll be releasing his self-titled album on Trouble in Mind Records on April 29th. Enjoy this catchy number, and in the word of Zypreska “I’m going to heaven, you’re going to hell.”
You’ve got to really catch on to North Carolina’s The Sweets; the band offers infectious pop music that gets stuck on repeat in your head all day long. The band has done several releases with Bleeding Gold Records, and they’ve got another new one that they just offered up this week. This single has that natural swing that the band has offered up before, though the vocals are quiet in the mix; it reminds me of our local friends Shivery Shakes. You can listen to the 4 song 7″ right now at the BANDCAMP, but I’ll also put up this jam for you to stream, as well as another one from February that you shouldn’t miss.
Here’s the old one off their February cassette:
We’ve posted a few of the tracks from the forthcoming SoftSpot LP already, but I think that this is one of my favorite pieces the band has composed for the release. This tune builds very very slowly, almost as if it was a piece on some soundtrack that was composed by Mogwai; the cymbals create this crashing wave that’s very understated. Sarah Kinlaw joins, letting her voice rest atop of the carefully written music. Then, just before the 4 minute mark, it all crashes together, forcefully, yet not overdone. This is just the kind of work you can expect from the group when they release MASS on April 8th.
It seems like Nashville is becoming the hot scene of the moment, especially for music that bares the soul of America’s musical history. Charlie and the Foxtrots is another one of those bands building a name for themselves both within and outside of the city. They blend elements of pop with that classic Americana sound, though I’ll admit that the vocals of Chas Wilson are definitely one of the shining highlights of this tune. The band will be releasing their album on Golden this summer, July 8th.
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Feels like Thursdays always end up dragging on, and I guess I’ll help contribute to that by adding another mellow track to our list. This time it’s another new tune from Amen Dunes, who are preparing to release their album, Love. This tune hear has a really soft bit of instrumentation, with a vocal that is drawn out in a semi-drawl. Honestly, it’s a voice you might have to grow accustomed to, though I can similarities between it and the likes of Cave Singers and Devandra Banhart…both artists we adore. The album will be released on May 13th via Sacred Bones Records, and you’ll also be able to enjoy the video that accompanies this song HERE.
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Trouble In Mind Records are really pumping out some interesting stuff these days. They won me over already with the release of the Greg Ashley LP, and now they’ve got this new LP lined up from Swiss duo Klaus Johann Grobe. Honestly, I don’t understand much of the lyrics, as they’re in another language, but the pulsating rhythm that’s being put forth is enticing for sure. They even offer a nice bit of catchy hooks that come from those vocals, which also seem to be pushing the larger picture presented by the band. You can grab their album Im Sinne der Zeit from the label on April 29th.
The last few months we’ve tried to illustrate the musical growth of Odonis Odonis, a band who’ve grown since their inception. But, let’s not pretend like we didn’t love the noise that the band brought forth from the get-go. The song is in your face from the moment you press play, filled with discordant sounds and screeching vocals that require adequate earplugs. They’re only a few short weeks away from the release of their newest LP, Hard Boiled Soft Boiled, which is out on April 15th via Buzz Records. You can check out a video of the track HERE.
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