Posts Tagged ‘Austin’

Glorietta is a musical project that brings Matthew Logan Vasquez of Delta Spirit together with some of his closest friends: Noah Gundersen, Kelsey Wilson, David Ramirez, Jason Robert Blum and Adrian Quesada. The group is releasing their debut, self-titled record Glorietta on August. 24th. Even Nathaniel Rateliff, who had an album with The Night Sweats come out earlier this year, joined in and learnt vocals to the track “I Know.”  The release of second single “Golden Lonesome,” which followed the premiere of “Heatstroke” last week.

The track comes from a moment of crisis for Gundersen who, before flying out to the sessions in Glorietta, N.M., was feeling the effects of a recently ended relationship. “I was having a bit of a meltdown,” Gundersen recalled. “I almost considered cancelling my flight. But instead I wrote this song and then called a Lift to the airport.”

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The lyrics of “Golden Lonesome” distinctly come from this place of pain and change: “Better to kill it quickly than to slowly watch it die,” reasons one of the lines. With the vocals at its forefront, the song generates a warm intimacy between performer and listener as a slight echo adds depth while maintaining a live rawness. “Tape ran constantly” during the band’s nine days of recording, capturing an overflowing confessional in “Golden Lonesome.”

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Hailing from the musical mecca that is Austin, Texas, Fanclub initially formed as the brainchild of Mike Lee, to re-record his favourite albums with a rotating cast of musicians. Thankfully after working with vocalist Leslie Crunkilton, Mike decided that actually, it might be a lot more fun to record his own songs. Now joined by drummer Daniel Schmidt, Fanclub as we know it were born, and this week the band have shared their debut single, “Leaves”.

Despite self deprecatingly describing their music as, “Indiepop that probably sounds like everything else”on the evidence of Leaves, Fanclub are considerably more exciting than that sounds. Energetic rhythms play off against tumbling synths and New Order-like guitar exploration, before Leslie’s hushed vocals steal the limelight. On these somewhat overly scorching summer nights, there’s something splendidly Autumnal about the track, with the lyrics references to falling leaves, you can almost feel the nights drawing in around you in their own inevitable, melancholic way. A classic, perfectly formed, indiepop song,

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Leslie sang on a couple songs Mike wrote and they quickly hit it off. They started writing songs together and soon knew there was something special. Combing Mike’s indiepop guitar sound and electronic aesthetic with Leslie’s ethereal yet poignant vocals felt just right. They recruited Mike’s old bandmate Daniel Schmidt to cover percussion duty and together they make what we now know as Fanclub.

Fanclub might just be your new favourite band. Leaves is out now.

Dear friends, I realized recently that it’s the tenth anniversary of the release of Rook, the second of our three Matador albums, and one that has a special place in my heart. (It’s also, strangely, the only SW LP that I no longer own; I’ve tried to convince Matador to reissue it on vinyl, but so far to no avail.)
It’s hard to remember some things about the sessions for it now, up at the Echo Lab in Argyle, Texas.  The electric guitar wasn’t speaking to me then for some reason, so I mostly played the studio’s piano and my little old acoustic on the album, which features some of my favorite performances from Thor, Kim, and Howard, as well as some beautiful string arrangements by Mark Sonnabaum.  Matt Barnhart guided the whole thing into shore, and was very patient with me when I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted – which, in those days, was most of the time.
I remember Thor dismantling a dead oak by the studio, turning its limbs into beautiful firewood that seemed to burn forever in the fire pit out back; I also remember the sound of coyotes and barred owls calling to one another in the ravine down below, and kettles of turkey vultures wheeling overhead.
We premiered the album in New York with a live performance at Florence Gould Hall (which you can find here), which included a string section, a grand piano, and our dear friend Elaine Barber on the harp—as well as two brand-new members in Jordan Geiger and Kevin Schneider—and I don’t think I’ve ever been so nervous before a show.  I remember willing my hands to stop shaking before “leviathan, bound”, and a sweet little moment of silence in “lost boys”; and a great feeling of relief when it was all over. That was back before I really thought about writing songs that felt comfortable for me to sing, so the melodies seem almost absurdly high-pitched and complicated to me now when I listen back.

I’ll be posting a few odds and ends related to the album, but I don’t have a deluxe edition to sell you, or anything like that. What I do have is a feeling of deep gratitude to all of you, many of whom I first met way back then; you’ve been keeping me going ever since.
I feel very lucky to have met and worked with so many extraordinary people for so long.

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Recorded live at Florence Gould Hall in NYC May 5th, 2008.

To commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the release of Rook, JM made a video with his thoughts on the album, and shows some artifacts from the making of the album. He also sings “I Was A Cloud”.

Hovvdy’s debut LP was nothing’ short of lovely. there are too many reasons to count why y’all should be excited about ‘Cranberry’ It feels like Austin indie duo Hovvdy have been rolling out their sophomore album, Cranberry, for years — actually, lead single “Petal” dropped in late October and now at last the whole, beautiful thing is here for your enjoyment. In addition to “Petal,” we’ve also heard “Late,” “Cranberry,” and “In The Sun,” all of which provided a good sense of the album’s sighing lo-fi slowcore feel. Surveying the album in full is like being suspended in a state of waking up from a dream in a very comfortable bed. I recommend getting under a blanket and enjoying it on this frigid February day — especially if you’re into (Sandy) Alex G, American Pleasure Club, and the like.

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Cranberry is out 2/9 on Double Double Whammy

Bass on 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 12 by Ben Littlejohn
Bass on 10 by Hannah Read 
Drums on 1 by Andrew Stevens
Add’l Drums on 9 by Andrew Stevens 
Backing Vocal on 9 by Mallory Howard 
Pedal Steel on 9 by Ben Littlejohn

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On her third album, singer-songwriter Jess Williamson is a giant, throbbing valentine, so taken by her new romance that she has become tenderness itself. “Love is my name now / Love, darling” she coos at the top of “Love On The Piano.” It’s a far cry from where she left us with 2016’s Heart Song, a stormy, brutally beautiful collection of prose about gnarled matters of the heart. Cosmic Wink a journey, a reckoning, choosing a path, dealing with it, learning, growing, disappointing, finding, evolving, being cruel, being crueled, wildness, loving, turning toward, turning away, fool energy, finding, pleasing, past lives, future lives, soul mate, twin flame, Home, new Home, old Home, fate, luck, chance, new love, old love, Ancient love, being in love, being Love, being loved, Dream wisdom, death, rebirth, sacred everyday, sacred every damn DAY. Y’all…. this is my baby. Her name is Cosmic Wink. All my life she’s been waiting to be born and now she is finally here. Worldwide. Thank you

Jess WilliamsonI See the White From the upcoming album Cosmic Wink Available May 11th via Mexican Summer Records

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Austin rockers White Denim have announced they will release their seventh full-length album, Performance, on August 24th via their new label City Slang Records, with whom the band recently signed.

The group has also shared the album’s first single, the thumping, strutting “Magazin,” which can be heard in the  below, along with also announcing a batch of fall USA tour dates, more sandwiched between two European runs.

See White Denim’s tour schedule below.

August 28 – London, UK – Rough Trade East
August 29 – London, UK – Moth Club
August 31 – Vlieland, NL – Into the Great Wide Open
September 2 – Larmer Tree Gardens, UK – End of the Road Festival

Taken from the new album PERFORMANCE

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Sun June makes regret pop in Austin, Texas. Laura Colwell and Stephen Salisbury formed the band while working long hours in director Terrence Malick’s editing rooms, practicing in the office whenever Malick was out of town.

They worked with Dan Duszynski (Cross Record; Loma) and fellow Malick alum Will Patterson (Sleep Good) on their first set of demos before solidifying the current line up of Michael Bain on guitar, Sarah Schultz on drums, and Justin Harris on bass.

In 2017 they began working on Years with Evan Kaspar at Estuary Recording Facility, recording live to tape. Tony Presley of the Austin label Keeled Scales was living above the studio at the time, and first heard Sun June through the floorboards. He contacted the band soon after. Years is a we’ve-been-broken-up-a-long-time record. It looks back on failed relationships from a distance. But its ten songs are filled with warm sounds and catchy melodies. Laura’s vocals, Sarah’s harmonies, and Michael’s layered guitar lines float over simple and spacious structures.

‘Discotheque’ by Sun June From Years, debut LP, out June 15th, 2018 via Keeled Scales

With a woozy, synth-laced sound that could pass for Ariel Pink after a couple night caps of NyQuil, the latest single from Holy Wave’s looming Adult Fear LP is exactly what we want to be hearing right about now.

Wrap yourself in the warmth of “Habibi” below, right alongside the Austin band’s commentary and a couple other selections from the magnum psych-infused opus that’s dropping on March 30th….“Habibi” represents the fall of the hero with a thousand faces. In every story and every history book, there is a point where we all experience a fall from grace. It is something necessary and human.

Or as Albert Camus once said, “I used to advertise my loyalty and I don’t believe there is a single person I loved that I didn’t eventually betray.”

Holy Wave is back with a new album Adult Fear, which arrives via The Reverberation Appreciation Society. The record sees the Austin quintet forging deeper into hazy synths and expansive melodies, coalescing the their myriad of influences into a signature sound.

From the Holy Wave’s new LP ‘Adult Fear,’ out March 30th, 2018 on The Reverberation Appreciation Society.

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