Two New Singles from Woods

Just a couple of weeks now until the new Woods album drops, thus why we’re getting two fresh new singles from the record today. On “Little Black Flowers,” the tune opens up with this weird little spacey warble, carrying the song into the dreamier regions of folk; this one feels like its all about the accompaniment, and for some reason the vocal pitch rise after the 2 minute mark had me rushing to pull the one Pink Floyd LP from my collection and put it on. “Day Moving On” switches the gears completely, almost opening with this jazzy little introductory shuffle; the track moves into some feathered vocal notes, but you can still feel this joyous bit of swing to the tune, like a slow dance with your favorite person is just awaiting you. Perennial is out on September 15th via Woodsist.

Woods Drop Double Single

As a new Woods record hangs in the balance, it’s getting near for the band to go full promotion mode, so what better way than to touch down with a double single release? The first of the tracks, “Another Side,” started off just twisting into this groovy bit of exploration, filling in a heavy beat with horns on the horizon; it sets up the song really well for the center, dropping in just after the 2.5 minute mark. When those vocals drop in they’ve got this sort of pastoral nature, blending the track into this heavy groove that makes it pretty tasty. Flip that towards “Weep” and you get a little dose of the band at their best, twinkling guitar pieces tied nicely into a rolling bit of understated percussion. I love the absolute burst of ethereal joy that arrives with the chorus on this tune; they’re trying to one up the Clientele on this one! Both tracks have Perennial high upon my list of anticipated Fall records; it drops on September 15th via Woodsist.

John Andrews & the Yawns Offer Fourth Wall

I really love that the new John Andrews & the Yawns single begs your presence; I don’t mean physically though, as that’s clear if you’re simply pressing play. You’ve got to just sit with yourself in this tune, which, admittedly, isn’t necessarily easy nowadays. When the track opens its doors and lets you in, you’re seated in a more verbal based scenario, with Andrews’ smooth voice settling you into your seats as you await the final musical climb. Just after the 4 minute mark, those without patience might just click on to the next stream in your playlist, but if you’ve got that time to be present, sit tight as you’re treated to a nice musical excursion, filled with sweeping strings and steadied pop, allowing you to finally immerse yourself into the whole experience and break through that imaginary fourth wall. If you dig, Love for the Underdog is out April 28th on Woodsist.

John Andrew and the Yawns Share Never Go Away

Outside in Austin at the moment, the weather’s just a bit cool, though the sun’s already poking its head out of the clouds, but putting that all together makes John Andrews and the Yawns new single quite fitting. There’s a cool vibe running through the vocals, both Andrews and the backing vocals; it’s like sun hitting your skin to give just the faintest warmth. Behind the vocals, there’s a nice bounce, like riding on a nice crisp breeze, moving you to tap your toes or perhaps shuffle those feet just a wee bit. You’ll be able to grab this single on the new LP, Love for the Underdog, out on April 28th via Woodsist.

John Andrews and the Yawns Share River of Doubt

I’m really enjoying the latest stuff from John Andrews & the Yawns; there’s something about his songwriting this go round that just feels so timeless and comforting, like he’s running on a relay team and he just grabbed the baton from M. Ward. It’s the sort of pop music you can share with a friend, or talk about with your grandfather over a cup of coffee…or maybe its the background to telling a great story. That seems to be the route Andrews went with the video, compiling footage of both his life on the road and his life in New Hampshire, celebrating both the contrasts and the harmony; it’s an homage to his friends, and perhaps a reminder of what a lasting impression a musical community can make. The band release Cookbook on May 14th via Woodsist.

John Andrews & the Yawns Announce Cookbook

If you’re lucky, the frost has started to peel back wherever you are, allowing little buds of green to sprout up here and there. If that’s the case, then you’re luckier there’s a new John Andrews & the Yawns album for you. Our first listen is that perfect Spring blossom feel, or maybe you prefer that early Sunday morning breakfast at your favorite spot; it’s spritely and freeing, while still maintaining this central seriousness. Textured details from piano and woodwinds thicken up the melodies in Andrews’ tune, leaving you feeling lighter, almost floating on the notes as the breeze through your speakers. The tune appears on the new album Cookbook, dropping on May 14th via Woodsist.

New Music from Hurt Valley

You ever come across one of those tunes that sort of makes you look out the window and just sort of think back on the whole of your life? Well, if so, then perhaps you’ll understand the nostalgic feelings that flow from this new Hurt Valley track. Something in the song just feels like an eternity that I’d willing live over and over again, like they’ve tapped into my own consciousness; it has something to do with the way the vocals were recorded, part whisper part friendly fireside chat. This new track will appear on Glacial Pace, the new LP out on December 6th via Woodsist.

Show Preview: Kevin Morby @ The Mohawk (9/16)

It’s kind of always a challenge these days to figure out what you’re going to do with your Saturday nights in Austin. Normally my issue is figuring out which show I want to hit up, as there’s always more than one great option. This Saturday, you need to be sure to catch a non-local, but still rad, Kevin Morby and company at The Mohawk. K. Morby has been wowing us for years, but on his latest release, City Music, he really knocked it out of the park. The perfect balance of blues and rock, the gentleman is sure to put on a great night of hazy jams that’ll have you swaying through the weekend. Get there early to check out Pitchfork approved, and fellow Woodsist artist,Shannon Lay,and her balancing act of quiet/loud folk gems.

There are still tickets available for real cheap–get yours here and make a great decision for your Saturday in Austin.

Oh and when you’re done getting groovy with Kevin Morby at The Mohawk, make sure you keep the party rolling and pop over to Cheer Up’s to catch ATH bands Shivery Shakes AND Big Bill as well as the other great bands on that lineup. There’s no excuses people– you really CAN have it all.


New Woods Album!!!

We’ve all been talking about how music can provide us solace in the next four years, hoping that someone writes great tunes to provide us some escapism. Woods, one of our favorites, have just announced a brand new six song album that aims to just that…though they’re doing so with a vibe of positivity. They acknowledge that many of us feel helpless in our surroundings, but ultimately we’ll turn to friends and artists to provide positivity and love in our lives. They’ve titled the album Love is Love, and it’s slated for an April release via Woodsist…sample the album’s title track below.

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Intimate Track From Hand Habits

14379829_1047569908672491_1109086074060025602_oHand Habits are your new favorite act– well they are if you have five minutes to spend with this gorgeous americana-ish track. “All The While” will essentially bewitch you from its opening notes, asthe simple combination of guitar, vocals and drums are hauntingly beautiful. Meg Duffy, the front lady behind the moniker, has a voice that will bathe you in its warm and yet hold you completely at its mercy while the bluesy guitar parts twist and turn through the background. Her debut album,Humble Before The Void, will be out via Woodsist sometime at the start of 2017.

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