Indie Rock

Lilith Bask In Warm Weather

If you’re constantly searching for good summer tunes, Lilith’s latest EP, In Warm Weather, is perfect for, well...warm weather. I found myself wishing for a summer rainstorm so I could sit on my back porch with this EP playing in the background.

I was particularly impressed with the vocals on In Warm Weather. Smooth, dream-like melodies float over arpeggiated chords, carrying you from track to track. I thought the opening song, “Storefront”, was the stand-out of the collection. Strong lyrics, a memorable melody and an excellent guitar lick in the verse make “Storefront” well worth several listens.

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-Dan McMahon (@dmcmhn)
Photo credit: Kevin Hardman
 

   

Artist of the Month Nominee Highlight: Taylor and the Wild Now Bring a New, Matured Sound on "Salt"

Our current poll for Artist of the Month is in full swing, and that means it's time to get familiar with the nominees y'all! This go around, we're talkin' Taylor and the Wild Now, who sent a summer firework of a song up into the Austin air early this month, and who have been playing a ton of shows and appearances since to show this gorgeous new thing off.

A deep, sensual baseline and some island-soaked guitar are the unusual and welcome framework for the new pop-dubby track “Salt” by Taylor and the Wild Now, a crew known for their approachable indie sound with a roots bent that sometimes wanders into territory that may or may not be a step or two past the country music border (depending on where you personally mark it). This most recent track from the group after last year’s promising self-titled EP, which hinted of good oddness to come from Taylor et al., “Salt” is a move away from the more heavily country/folk-influenced sound and toward something all their own, and it's a move which sees them only growing as a truly unique (a quality that is pretty rare) and enjoyable feature in the Austin indie scene. Taylor might well (though almost certainly isn’t) be singing the chorus of “Salt” to those afraid to leave the beach of genre and swim out into that deep place where the currents of different sounds mix together into something new when she croons, “I don’t even care what you say/It’s gonna happen anyway.”

And goddamn are we glad it's happening, if by it we're referring to what's going on in "Salt" musically. All elements are on their game in this track, including a bassline that gives the song both its structural background and its considerable, moonlit soul, plus remarkably inventive guitar work that is unbound by genre. That last is a strength that the group has built on since their EP, and the dynamic, unique flavor of the guitar here may just put The Wild Now in contention for most interesting guitar sound in town. Add to those remarkable bits of instrumentation some siren vocals from Taylor herself that are somethin’ to swoon for, and you've got one hell of a shimmering summer track.

The smooth, beach-at-night trance that “Salt” coaxes the listener into should, if there is any justice for artists in this universe, be what puts Taylor and the Wild Now on blogs and playlists worldwide, and on the map in a big way in the indie music scene in Austin and beyond. We wouldn’t be surprised if it lands them in some pretty high caliber gigs quite soon, especially if there is more of this experimentation-done-right to come from Taylor and the Wild Now (that is to say, tracks that only allow thoroughly vetted and chosen elements to make it in). Get up into this newness at yon Soundcloud player below, and follow these rising stars on Facebook to be the first to hear when Taylor and co bring us more beautiful music. Oh, and if you feel the itch to help this group on its way to deserved major recognition in this city, get to votin' at the right side of the page.

   

The Almighty Rhombus

Hailing from the Almighty Sudbury...this is The Almighty Rhombus. Personally I always thought the trapezoid was more imposing but that's just my opinion. I fired up the Rhombus' latest record "Lucid Living". The opening track is a quick paed pop rock tune that keeps it gritty with a nice light fuzz on the bass. Up next is a perfect track 2 "Blank"...its softer with a nice rhythm groove over tasty keyboard and guitar licks. Add in some harmonies and you're ready to go. Everything is well played, the band is on point with this record. They'll be heading to Toronto this Friday to play the Silver Dollar Room. Go enjoy the tunes at a great bar for the show.-Kris"Big City"Gies 

   

BRNDA gets "serious" in their new single and will play a home show at Above The Bayou 6/15

Stop goofing around. You may know BRNDA as that friendly post-punk quartet that likes blowing up balloons, singing to apple queens and carefree manatees, and parrot fronted metal, but they can totally beat you up (ok, or give you a stern talking to). These self-proclaimed snack core rockers are “a serious band from Washington DC”. If you don’t believe me, listen to their latest single “Serious Band”, in which they make this themesong-like claim maybe 20 times. If you’re wondering, why so serious? Well they also claim to be quite angry! Why so angry? They yell out “Alex Kozen!” (the group’s vocalist/guitarist) a few times. We’re not exactly sure what that guy did, but theoretically there are plenty of reasons to be angry at any given moment in the life of an ethically aware human being. Ease up, these buds have been on a super tour with Teen Mom but they’ll be back to play a home show at Above The Bayou on 6/15 with Pupppy, O-Face, and Swings.

-Leora Mandel

   

Huge Cosmic @ the Cavern

Two men, a galaxy of sound. From jazz-fusion to electronic fuzz-rock and back, Huge Cosmic is who you call for ambience and acuity. With songs called “Let’s Talk About The Weather” and “Interviewed By Nardwuar”, the eclectic and electric nature of the band is accepted and accentuated by the energy and intelligence of the music. “Weather” is a prime example of their blending influences and minds. Between the notes of the vocal melody is where the chops of the two take over, switching from tight progressive groove into serene rock’n’roll walls of sound and back again. Serious music listeners would take care to take notice, and keep their eyes peeled. Huge Cosmic is bringing their experimental sound to the Cavern on Saturday, May 30th, so get yourself in front of that stage.-Cody Wright