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April 2014
Creepoid
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The perfect solace for winter’s passing, Creepoid’s second full-length self-titled LP combines the zeitgeist of 90's grunge with pristine dissonance and somber lyricism. Released earlier this month by No Idea Records, Creepoid is eerie, melodic and stirring from beginning to end. 

The record’s introductory track “Nauda” opens with a singular note that swells into a melody, aligning itself with the listener in a way that feels confessional yet synonymous. A well-wrought continuation of the earnest diction reminiscent of Horse Heaven, “Nauda” is as bittersweet as its vocals, informed by the paradox of loneliness and longing. Expanding into a cinematically moody soundscape, guitars wail like sirens, beckoning chords to crash and settle into a fading ricochet - a premonition of “Sunday.” Coupled with acoustic strums and crisp vocal croons, a solemn request, “take my light and pull it out,” is beautifully melodic with perfectly placed tambourine that brings to mind the memorable mood concentrated. Exploring the affect and consequence of relational presence and its subsequent absence, the orchestration of “Sunday” renders a relatable narrative evocatively raw and sincere. 

“Yellow Wallpaper” ignites with driving bass and swirling riffs. As if resurrecting the perfection of Jeremy Enigk (ex-Sunny Day Real Estate), a la “Killed By An Angel” meets “Pillars,” the song evokes an eerie all consuming sense of the sublime that centers the track’s duration. Like an extension of Horse Heaven’s “Hollow Doubt,” the contextual weight of “Yellow Wallpaper” is harmonically haunting and intentionally poignant. “Baptism” washes over its listener in waves of riffs and echoed vocals that occupy an emotive territory similar to lesser-known tracks by Sonic Youth, subverted and painted darker by the brooding buzz reminiscent of shoegaze greats like My Bloody Valentine. 

In its decline, “Baptism” casts a feeling of transcendent submersion, befitting its namesake. With a crystallized aggression, “Gout” does the same - urgent and arresting with visceral shouts and screams. “Stay Inside” is considerably more subdued than the album’s preceding tracks but equally mesmerizing, unfolding “Tired Eyes,” a hypnotic chant of a fatigued psychedelic. “Golden String” feels slightly optimistic, while “Acrimony” blossoms then retracts into a reserved yet deliberate ballad that demands its audience’s attention like a gloomy lullaby with teeth. “Vulgar,” warm and sunlit, is lush and arresting, setting the stage for the album’s closer “Old Tree,” a jubilant ending to yet another epic compilation of clairvoyant anthems evoked by Creepoid. - Dianca Potts 


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Young Tongue (formerly The Baker Family) make fresh imprint with "Cat Calls"

It isn't easy for a band to change monikers without facing the risk of losing any, if not all buzz their previous handle may have generated.  Not so, for indie pop group Young Tongue, formally The Baker Family. With the release of a digital EP "Cat Calls" the group seems to have made a solid push for relevance to an audience that may have previously dismissed them as yet another Americana family band, to which they couldn't be further from.  They are expected to release a full length LP this summer but for now we'll have to settle for the 4 track EP, full of rich percussion and dreamy omnichord backdrops. Saturday at Red 7, Young Tongue opens for UME and Megafauna. - Andy Bianculli 

 


Sweet Spirit

When Bobby Jealousy called it quits a few months ago, fans were left scratching their collective heads.  But before there was a chance to mourn, enter Sweet Spirit.  Sabrina Ellis' newest and possibly best group to date. Combining all the urgency and attitude of Ellis' punk outfit A Giant Dog and all the catchy, pop-perfection of Bobby Jealousy, Sweet Spirit is everything we hoped would come next.  It doesn't hurt that Ellis may be the best frontwoman in town.  Recorded material is limited to the recently released "Let Me Be On Top" featured below.  You can catch Sweet Spirit in all their glory on April 20th at Hotel Vegas with Mellowphant and Dumb.  - Andy Bianculli 


Poll Nominee: Troller

Rounding up the bands highlighted in our Artist of the Month Poll is gothic electronica outfit Troller. The band seems to have found a fitting home with Austin’s Holodeck Records, through which their self-titled debut LP has already had a couple pressings.

Between official showcase spots at SXSW last month and Moogfest in Asheville, NC this month, Troller has been gaining a bit of (good) attention lately, and it’s all warranted. Through the heavy layers of synth and wide-horizoned vocals, Troller’s sound is dark yet cozy. –Written by Marie Meyers

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Poll Nominee Orthy

In time for some late-night weekend listening, the third contestant in our Artist of the Month poll is Orthy. The dreamy electronic pop is the work of Ian Orth, aided live by some good friends. Orth is also one of the brains behind Learning Secrets, the local dance party which has been an Austin fixture for several years.

The band was featured last month on WXPN’s World Café, but the most recent news to come from Orthy is that they have news coming, so keep your eyes and ears peeled! –Written by Marie Meyers

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Poll Nominee Hola Beach

When considering shows to check out it’s always important to keep in mind that Austin is a college town, and that there are scores of musical kids plugging in and making music. Really, hitting the student scene is one of the best ways to get your post-punk kick. One of its bands catching buzz lately there and on our poll is shoegaze quartet Hola Beach

The shoegaze quartet has just churned out a new EP, so check out the first track below. You can see them live at Spiderhouse Ballroom on the 19th, with Casual Strangers and Blackstone Rngrs. -Written by Marie Meyers 


Poll Nominee Cory Kendrix

Cory Kendrix is one of our nominees for the artist of the month (you’ll find the poll just to the right!). The Austin based hip-hop artist is among the ranks of several other talented Texans as part of the LNS Crew

On his list of influences: The Fugees, Nirvana, Tupac, and Frank Sinatra. You can be sure that Kendrix’s focus is moving hip hop into the future from a solid home-base of musical sensibilities. Check out one of his recent releases below and if you want to hear more, be sure to click the headphone icon in the poll to get to his mixtapes.-Written by Marie Meyers


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