RIYL: Freelance Whales, Grouplove, Highasakite, Indie Pop
Another score for the SXSW scouting as this show was on a cheerful rooftop on 6th Street and was one of my favorite performances of the week. Team Me is a pop band from Norway. Their 2011 debut album To the Treetops! won the Norwegian Grammy Awards in 2011 for “Best Pop Group of the Year.” They have performed at music festivals from Iceland Airwaves to the Great Escape Fest and more in between. The group is currently recording their second album, which hopefully will be released in 2014. With a new album, I hope another US tour is included! -Annie
This quietly refreshing group from across the pond got my attention before SXSW but time was not on our side during the crazy-packed festival. However they played a sweet little set at The Sunset Tavern in Seattle a month later and on my birthday! Months later, I still haven’t put this lovely album to bed yet. Nor do I plan to anytime soon!
The Colourist first stumbled upon one another in an underused warehouse in Orange County, CA, where Adam and Maya discovered the harmonic chemistry that has come to define the band’s bright and anthemic signature sound.
Having spent much of 2012 honing their live show with the likes of Grouplove, Electric Guest and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., The Colourist begin 2013 holed up in a small studio in Southern California. It’s there that Adam Castilla (vocals, guitar), Maya Tuttle (drums, vocals), Kollin Johannsen (guitar, bass), and Justin Wagner (bass, keys) committed their pop-fueled, indie-bred rock to tape before embarking on their first tour which included appearances at Coachella along with support shows with Metric and Youngblood Hawke and Atlas Genius. source
Odes to some far and vague past, attended by grey organs and old strings, delivered by a horn and raw electronica. That cool quiet just before faith hits. However filled with suppressed nostalgia, they keep looking towards the future. They, that’s Float Fall.
A duo that succeeds in taming the silence and dreaming dreams until everything turns out all right just once more. Rozanne Descheemaekers’ voice guides you straight through the freezing tracks, but afterwards quietly snuggles up to the hoarse vocals of Ruben Lefever.
Float Fall’s songs make you move into another world, one lacking any final description, but a good place to be nonetheless. A place where the dull rustle of the past gets its second chance. Right up to the moment that dream and reality collide. source
Currently there is very little information online about Steven Stride’s project, Chalk. His self-titled debut is expected out in September. This album will definitely be talked about this fall, for sure!
RIYL: Beat Connection, Teen Daze, Jonquil, chillwave, lo-fi, synthpop
Chad Valley – the alias of Hugo Manuel – is part of the same Oxford collective Jonquil, Blessing Force, that Fixers belong to, and there is a similar feeling of 60s music being given a shimmery modern electronic makeover. But maybe because there’s just one of him he is able to give the project greater focus; there is no dilution, or sense of boxes being ticked, with Chad Valley – it’s just one idea, gloriously stretched out over four tracks on his sublime self-titled debut EP; one long wave of luxuriant sound after another. source
Song Sparrow Research incorporates elements of rock, jazz, classical, folk, and experimental with guitar, cello, upright bass, electric bass, glockenspiel, drums, synth, percussion and assorted instrumentation. source
Song Sparrow Research will be playing shows in Seattle in October and November.
A multifaceted artist, Alejandro Rose-Garcia wrote, recorded, and produced every element of his debut release “Roll The Bones” which has received rave reviews worldwide. With its jaunty high soaring choral arrangements and twangy finger picked guitar, his recordings have a unique, psychotic, forlorn appeal that has quickly made Shakey Graves a household name from coast to coast. source
The 21 year old started out in year 2006 and has been compared to great musicians like Sufjan Stevens, Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Sigur Rós. Live, Einar always has musician friends with him on stage. They make delicate sometimes grandiose sounds with both strings, blows and percussions.source
RIYL: J Tillman, Damien Jurado, Phosphorescent, folk rock
Strand of Oaks is currently on tour with The Tallest Man on Earth and we were lucky to see both bands last night at the Moore Theater. I was a bit blown away by Strand of Oaks. The touring drummer was quite impressive and added a layer of awe to the already brilliant lyrics based on hard times and real events by Timothy Showalter. The albums are quite different from the actual live show, but both are equally great.
RIYL: Math Rock, This Town Needs Guns, Shy Trafficker, This Will Destroy You, The Album Leaf
The vast majority of the music is instrumental in nature and is also known for its melodic, clean guitar settings. Additionally, the compositions have repetition from typical rock motifs, but use very subtle changes in beat and rhythm to form a unique sound. The band has changed their sound over their musical tenure by incorporating acoustic guitars, rhodes piano, and vibraphones in their most recent releases. source
HMBSMS are heading out on tour starting May 1!! Some of the dates include opening for Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. Unfortunately, there are no dates in the PNW, but I will keep my fingers crossed for the next tour. Go see this band, you won’t be sorry! Tour dates here! He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister could be the Grouplove of 2012, just sayin…
How’m I Gonna Get Back Home Tonight
Tales That I Tell
Clip I shot from SXSW 2012 …no, that’s not Zach Galifianakis
While we are both stoked for 80% of the bands playing Coachella this year. Michael and I chose our top five per day that we are most excited to experience. And the 2012 Coachella app was finally released today but the times are still TBA, so there is still lots of planning to get the max amount of music humanly possible.
Michael: FRIDAY Explosions In The Sky, The Horrors, Alesso, GIVERS, WU LYF SATURDAY AWOLNATION, Andrew Bird, SBTRKT, Flying Lotus, Godspeed You! Black Emperor SUNDAY At The Drive-In, Gotye, Beirut, Real Estate, Zedd
Annie: FRIDAY Explosions In The Sky, M Ward, WU LYF, GIVERS, Hello Seahorse! SATURDAY Jeff Mangum, AWOLNATION, Andrew Bird, Radiohead, St Vincent SUNDAY The Growlers, Real Estate, At The Drive-In, Beirut, First Aid Kit
Artists take on pseudonyms for a multitude of reasons, but in Zach Saginaw’s case, those reasons run deeper than most. Zach records under the name Shigeto. It’s his middle name; it’s also his grandfather’s name, a tribute to the Japanese branch of Zach’s family tree. Shigeto also means “to grow bigger”—appropriate, given Zach’s premature birth-weight of less than a pound. Today, Shigeto stands for Zach’s vividly beautiful electronic music. Beat-driven but given to richly textured sound design, rhythmically fractured but melodically sumptuous, Shigeto’s music is a bridge between the past and present, bringing the artist face to face with a creative legacy that spans decades.source
Shigeto played the Ghostly International showcase at Bumbershoot a few months ago and we only caught a little. I hope to see more at SXSW 2012. Check back every Monday for a new band to check out at the next SXSW.
RIYL: pop rocks in your mouth, tank tops, the color magenta cut with yellow. fun stuffs. just listen.
A cheap Kmart guitar with its guts ripped out, a two-piece drum kit and a keyboard with a mind of its own would all be alone if they weren’t all thrown in the mess that PARLOVR got them in when they stumbled together in the wintry months of 2006. Reacting against the multi-instrumental, many-membered orchestral bands that crowded the local Montreal scene at the time, PARLOVR was started with the intention of blowing amps and streamlining pop melodies, bringing back the power-trio of the 90s with an off-the-wall twist.source
Parlovr is one of my picks for SXSW 2012. Check back every Monday for a new band to check out at the next SXSW.