I’ve been talking these guys up forever so figured I had to post now that their debut album is finally out. Listen and enjoy…
“Solving and Running”
I’ve written about these guys’ first album before but they’re still pretty under-the-radar. The Austin-based band is fronted by singer/songwriter Martin Crane, who crafts kaleidoscopic tracks that sound unlike anything else out there. His ability to write a simple acoustic-based song and turn it immense through layered multi-instrumentation is impressive. Take a listen to my two favorite cuts from their latest LP, Saltwater.
“How the Ranks Was Won”
Brand new song from the best band nobody knows. Better than Radiohead’s last album. Debut LP due Oct. 22.
“Remember to Get Lucky”
Painting the place where Bon Iver makes mellow music magic…
Brooklyn-based quintet Caveman deliver an ambitious, sprawling take on indie pop by drawing influences from experimental rock, post-rock, wistful indie rock, and African music traditions — balancing varied elements like four-part harmonies, tribal drums, trickling keyboards, and hazy guitars with inspired results.
Reminds me of: Grizzly Bear, Real Estate, Wild Nothing, The Shins, Lord Huron
Jim James Remix
“While mainstream society of the 2000s (decade) had been busying itself with reality television, dance music, and locating the whereabouts of Britney Spears’s underpants, an uprising was quietly and conscientiously taking place behind the scenes. Long-forgotten styles of clothing, beer, cigarettes and music were becoming popular again. Retro was cool, the environment was precious and old was the new ‘new’. Kids wanted to wear Sylvia Plath’s cardigans and Buddy Holly’s glasses — they reveled in the irony of making something so nerdy so cool. They wanted to live sustainably and eat organic gluten-free grains. Above all, they wanted to be recognized for being different — to diverge from the mainstream and carve a cultural niche all for themselves. For this new generation, style wasn’t something you could buy in a department store, it became something you found in a thrift shop, or, ideally, made yourself. The way to be cool wasn’t to look like a television star; it was to look like as though you’d never seen television.”
— Matt Granfield, HipsterMattic