We’re still in the middle of a great year of music, and as we hit that sweet spot, there seem to be more tracks coming out every day; we try to cover as much as we can, but admittedly, we’re not perfect! It was really nice to see Emma Anderson of Lush pop her head up with a brand new track from her forthcoming solo LP. Personally, I loved that new Pachyman jam, as that guy rules and I’m totally hoping everyone catches on to his vibe. A little Austin love for Holy Wave who continue to impress with the sounds of their new LP. Then there’s old ATH faves like Pia Fraus and Tan Cologne, plus the Who Is She supergroup making the cut too. Browse, stream, enjoy.
If you’ve been following these poorly written pages over the last few years, our adoration for Tan Cologne has been pretty obvious, so whenever something new pops up, you better believe I’m going to chime right in with my thoughts. Today, we caught wind of a new single from the duo, a preview of an EP they recorded while holding a residency in Italy. This tune is penned as a communication with otherworldly beings, providing a meditation on the meaning of pathways and borderlands in our lives. Musically, it’s as shadowy as ever, with every little note just carefully rising. You can hear light cymbal work and little synth washes moving in and out from the depths of this musical trench, crafting this intangible piece of beauty that seamlessly slips through your hands and your mind. We’ll keep you posted as we hear more about the release of the band’s residency EP via Labrador.
I don’t even want to look back at last week. But, we had songs, there were some really good songs coming out of a really awful week. Our friend Ram Vela and his band had a new single, plus it never hurts to get a Voxtrot tune in your inbox. Think I kept coming back to these Bastien Keb, Flowertown and Tan Cologne tunes the most, well, and that Tony Molina track. There’s about 20 jams to sort through, so find a favorite. Or don’t.
This latest single from Tan Cologne is the sweet spot in the dreamier realms of indie rock, for me at least. Crisp little notes dangle and turn, mixing it up, occasionally choosing to pursue their own adventures as various textures are built in to the distance. The vocals, they resonate like a dream themselves, feeling as if they’re layered like some haunting whisper from your past; I love how they hang with this striking patience, careful not to step out into the sunshine, lurking in their own dense caverns of drawn out pop songwriting. Another reason you should pencil in Earth Visions of Water Spaces into your September listening rotation, which is when Labrador Records will be dropping the LP.
So much good music last week, and so much to cover. Well, we tried to get up as much as we could, plus Brian got some great photos of Good Morning and Packs. Here’s our weekly musical recap, with lots of awesome news, like new releases from Tan Cologne, Field Guides…and Voxtrot! I think the news of their Early Music compilation definitely made my week, even as I was held hostage in my classroom by state testing. Enjoy some jams from last week.
We’ve been supporting the work of Lauren Green since she played an integral part in Austin’s musical scene, years ago. As of late, she’s been focusing on her project with Marissa Macias as Tan Cologne; they’ve got one album under their belts, and it looks like another one is on the way. This first single feels like a study in patience; the percussion and guitar lines create this melodic trance, occasionally featuring little bubbling accents. There’s a moment when you get this effortless build that sort of plays upon live sequence, crafting a steady instrumental build that opens up just as it falls back to the initial pattern. The group will drop Earth Visions of Water Spaces this September via Labrador Records.
Tan Cologne should definitely be a band on your radar, especially after the release of their debut Cave Vaults on the Moon in New Mexico. Now they’ve teamed up with Johan Angergard and his project, The Legends, to release this light-hearted ditty. It’s the complete opposite end of the spectrum of what you’d expect, considering it involves the US duo, but it’s so so great. My only complaint being that the tune’s just short…and not because it’s short but because I could have it all on repeat all day long. Maybe you’ll feel the same after a couple of short spins.
I really wanted to pair this new tun from Tan Cologne right after the latest track from HOLY we just ran because they’re both creating these huge emotional pieces, with the HOLY tune representing some sort of pulsating life force. Here, Lauren Green and Marissa Macias are creating this meditative state with “Strange God.” The absence of color in the video production calms, but also seems to evade emotions, offering up a solemnity in the world. That’s not to say there aren’t beautiful moments in the song, particularly in the meandering near the 4 minute mark with little notes echoing in the distance. If you need a moment to yourself, a moment to your thoughts, perhaps this tune can accompany you. It appears on Cave Vaults on the Moon in New Mexico, out next Friday via Labrador Records.
If you caught our brief wrap up of Levitation late last Fall, then you’ll remember that I raved about the performance of Tan Cologne; their live set was hand’s down one of the best sets I saw the entire festival. Today they’re sharing another single from their forthcoming Cave Vaults on the Moon in New Mexico. I’m totally captivated by the way the band use all the space in their songs; they’re crafting their own landscapes within the confines of their musical craft. You can listen and build your own imagery, or if you’re watching this video, let that suffice, but you’ll find yourself immediately immersed. The new LP drops on February 14th via Labrador.
Team ATH has been covering Austin Psych Fest/Levitation since its early inception, probably in the second year at Radio Room (sorry we missed the first year!), so we’ve seen the ups and downs twists and turns. Despite the various venues and changes, Levitation 2019 finally felt like it was home again.