I was stumbling through the pages of shows for the week, trying to map out my week, and in doing so, I came across this band MILLY; I’d heard about the band from the Dangerbird Microdose series, so I just sort of dug in and really fell in love with this tune. The band play tonight at Empire Control Room here in Austin. It’s definitely got this vibe that’s on par with what I’ve been listening to the last few months; it has this intimacy, with multiple vocalists playing a role in the song. I love that, but I’m also drawn to the fact that it has this feeling like we’re all sort of fading away, disappearing into the pieces of matter, shattered by the ringing of the guitars here. It’s a cool vibe, so get on it.
Dehd have been high upon my list of great acts to hit the ground running in 2019; their Water LP (Fire Talk) garnered lots of raves. And, just when you think you know a band, they go and grow into something bigger and more badass; you can still here the slight surfy jangle hanging out here, but it’s spun entire differently. This track, and the accompanying video, belongs to Emily Kempf and her performance. She takes her vocals to the next level, skirting around the edges of traditional pop superstars by adding just the faintest gruff texture to her deliver. I’ll take new songs from this band any day.
A few weeks ago, I went out of my way to encourage you to listen to Olivia’s World and their latest track; I even vaguely reference Rose M’s participation, but I suppose if you don’t come out and say it, no one’s like to do the research. Alas, the band’s back with a video for the tune, so maybe that’s a chance to get you caught back up in the joy of this tune…plus, for what its worth, this track belongs on repeat all day. I kind of figure that folks are getting back into the jangle a little, or maybe they’re just going to look into the band’s current Aussie locale as reason to get in on the tune. Regardless, the track rules, and it’ll be released on the new EP, out October 25th via Lost Sound Tapes.
Not so long ago I was really digging on the first single from Behavior‘s forthcoming Spirits and Embellishments record, so I’m coming back to the group to see they dropped another tune from the LP. Something in the band’s sound is so very hypnotic; in this tune it seems to be the stationary guitar riffs and that deepened thump of the percussion that has this almost animalistic nature to it. It allows for the vocals to sort of just hang out, take on this indifferent persona that radiates LA cool; it’s like the band doesn’t really give a fuck what your musical expectations are, and in that, they draw you into their little circle. I’m looking forward to this LP; it drops next week via Post Present Medium.
I don’t often gravitate towards live performance recordings, but it seems fitting considering the aims of Avery Hellman’s project, Ismay. The debut LP is filled with various field recordings and the trickling of nature, perhaps an homage to Hellman’s rural California upbringing, or perhaps just the lifeblood of humanity. For me, I was drawn to two things in this track: the vocals and the fingerpicking. The vocal delivery and storytelling reminds me of early Joanna Newsom; it’s distinctive and sort of takes on its own soul as notes land emphatically here and there, sort of rising and falling with each breath…not to mention the crystalline rise in pitch. In regards to the fingerpicking style, it helps the vocal delivery, sort of giving it a natural rhythm, or perhaps its the other way around; the accent from the fiddle/violin is an added bonus. This tune appears on Songs of Sonoma Mountain, out in February of 2020.
If ever there was a non-punk version of Parquet Courts, then that award would go to this brand new track from Good Morning, off their new LP. It’s weird, it has one foot in that sort of nonchalant cool, while also kind of looking back upon the dreaded “dole-wave” sound of the band’s homeland; I can even here parts, however, that sound an awful lot like they just picked up where Beat Happening left off. You just don’t come by good consistent pop bands nowadays, but this bunch has been doing it for sometime. Speaking of, today they release Basketball Breakups, and they’ll be in North America at the end of the month…so sample these tunes before they come to the streets of your town.
Perhaps the greatest thing about working on this site for the last ten years or so are all the incredible and kind artists who’ve reached out to say hello or share a song. This is exactly how I stumbled upon this special track from French outfit, Orouni. The band are pretty open about their affinity for Belle and Sebastian and the Divine Comedy, and you can hear that in the way they craft these broad sweeping arrangements behind simple vocal melodies; it sounds like a live film score written especially for you in your bedroom. The story behind this particular track was comes from a tale in the New Yorker about an employee stuck in an elevator for 41 hours. This is absolutely brilliant; you can find the tune on their latest LP, Partitions, available now from December Square.
It’s been a hot minute since I got excited about a band that brandished the sort of garage style that was popular all the rage upon its reemergence. Desert Souls, however, seem like they’re up to something great on this brand new single from the German outfit. Things seem all ramshackle and joyous from the get-go; it’s that classic train flying off the rails style we here at ATH enjoy. But, what sold me, was the hook in the chorus from the vocals. I love the way “me” gets stretched out higher, as it definitely got its hooks in me. This jam appears on the group’s mini-LP Back to the Coast, which is out next week via KUS.
Can I not just have this whole Black Marble LP already? This is the third single from the forthcoming Bigger Than Life LP, and again, it’s sure-fire gem. I’m actually really drawn to the beats on this one; they have this energetic pulse faintly tinged with a darkness that seems to match the fogginess of the vocal delivery. It’s probably cliche at this point, but balancing of the light and dark is so well executed that you can’t help but be caught up in your own emotions. But, perhaps the most striking moment comes just before the 4 minute mark, when the song seems to be stripped of its energy, leaving you with heavy vocals draped across minimal notes; it’s a pretty special twist. This new LP drops on October 25th via Sacred Bones Records. Don’t forget the band will be in Austin for Levitation!
It looks as if I’m continuing with my Fall musical appreciation hour, following up the earlier Kevin Scoma tune with this new finger-picking slow burner from Loving. It’s the sort of fireside chat with your stereo you wish you could have throughout those cool Autumn nights, harmlessly lost on some wisp of air that finds its way to your ear. Every note is so careful, such attention given to each detail that it’s purposefulness evolves into this charmingly organic feeling. This is what you can expect from the band’s LP, out next year via Last Gang Records; they’re on tour through North America (Austin show at Hotel Vegas on 10/11) as we speak, with UK/EU dates throughout November.