Philadelphia/Brooklyn based Vacationer make the kind of woozy synth pop that enters your head when your crush enters the room. There are elements of Beach House, Washed Out, and Toro y Moi drifting in their laidback soundscapes, with even some shared love for the obscure fuzzy samples that legendary producers/crate diggers like Madlib gift his listeners with.
Saccharine psychedelia and digital daydreams await you in their recently released 3rd LP, Mindset, and in their performance here in Studio 1A. Check it out below.
Pianist Josh Lovelace from the Grammy nominated Needtobreathe recently released his debut solo album, Young Folk, and its beginnings are as wholesome as one could imagine–the birth of his first child. The Knoxville native says he wanted to make a children’s record both kids and parents could enjoy together, and like any family, Young Folk moves between a variety of moods and styles. There are songs of encouragement, advice, and a sprinkling of playful tales to enjoy with your little ones.
See and hear Josh Lovelace’s performance in Studio 1A below.
Sugarcoated vocals, catchy pop-punk grooves, and sarcastic swagger are how New York’s T-Rextasy (not to be confused with T.Rextasy, the cover band of Marc Brolan and crew’s glam rock) dress their music, but like Seattle’s Tacocat and Chastity Belt, the NY four-piece wield humor, wit, and pop music to address serious feminist themes. It’s scathing satire in a bubble gum wrapper that’ll have you laughing out loud before you furrow your brow at the all too true subtext of their lyrics.
Nonetheless, their live performances are just as fun as their sound, and if you missed their show at Cheer Up Charlie’s earlier this week you can check out their performance here in Studio 1A below!
Elijah Ford is making a strong case that at least not all California transplants are so bad. Although Ford has called Austin home for a while now, he’s spent much of his time on the road–first cutting his teeth touring with Oscar & Grammy award winning musician Ryan Bingham, followed by a two year European and U.S. tour. His heavy tour schedule has been punctuated with a few releases starting with his solo debut Upon Waking, an EP titled Ashes, and his sophomore record, As You Were, is ready for release later this month on September 16th.
After touring for half a decade, its fair to say that Ford is well acquainted with the trials of musician life, but he was never a stranger to it in the first place. As the son of Black Crowes guitarist Marc Ford, Elijah grew up surrounded by music and rockstars, but despite the larger than life characters he was probably exposed to throughout his youth, the younger Ford’s music is unaffected and unpretentious. If “Try As You Might,” the first released single from As You Were, is any indication of what is to come, we can expect an album full well crafted but no frills pop/rock.
Elijah Wood and his band the Bloom are on their way to Angers France for ATX6, but made some time to stop by Studio 1A. Check out the performance at the bottom of the page.
photo by ANGEL CEBALLOS
KUTX Artist of the Month
Austin’s Tele Novella say they take their inspiration from bands like the Velvet Underground, but their pop music is infused with a bit more spooky melodrama. Vocalist Natalie Gordon, who fronted the California outfit Agent Ribbons, slurs her words with narcotic charm, and she’s backed in shadowy hues by a band that includes a couple of members of the former Austin group Voxtrot, Tele Novella got their start in 2014, and caught a break when a song of theirs was featured in the ABC series ‘Pretty Little Liars’. Since then they’ve been touring, and when home in Austin, working with local producer Danny Reisch on their debut album, House of Souls, due out 9/23. They’ve got a KUTX After Hours show from Studio 1A airing live on 9/12, and a hometown record release party scheduled at Barracuda for – when else? – Halloween night.
Stream the track “Heavy Balloon” off their debut album House of Souls in the player below
Catch Tele Novella LIVE in Studio 1A on September 12th
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