If you don’t know the name Mélat, you’re seriously missing out. Between her voice, lyrics, world view and work ethic, this native Austinite and Studio 1A veteran is an insanely talented beacon of energy and with the release of her latest album Move Me II: The Present, it was kind of a no-brainer to name Mélat our February Artist of the Month. Mélat’s live performances are just as breathtaking as her studio recordings and in addition to regular live shows she promises new recorded material in 2019.
While we eagerly await the new stuff, let’s bask in the glory of her most recent Studio 1A visit around the time Move Me II came out, with a live rendition of one of the album’s midpoints, “Coffee So Black”!
Pennsylvania native Matthew Perryman Jones has been playing music for so long that his discography is old enough to vote. Jones is a current member of Nashville’s Ten Out Of Tenn singer-songwriter collective and his phenomenal solo work sheds light on a ground between indie, folk, Americana, pop and rock.
In September Jones released his fifth full-length, The Waking Hours, a wanderlust-inspired album that explores how we drift towards love and how difficult it can be to let go. Matthew Perryman Jones plays tomorrow night at the Mohawk and you can pre-game with “Lovers In Another Life”!
Photo: Robby Klein
When life’s a marsh, sometimes you gotta draw reeds. Enter Los Angeles quintet The Wild Reeds, who have been averaging at about an album per year since their humble start in 2014. The five members of The Wild Reeds have been through a lot recently, and their upcoming (and appropriately-titled) album Cheers is an amalgamation of working through those difficulties. Cheers channels optimism in light of life’s obstacles, and this baker’s dozen of new tunes show off the best that The Wild Reeds’ three chief songwriters have to offer.
Cheers is out March 8th, but you can raise a proverbial glass this Hump Day with a brand new R&B-infused single from The Wild Reeds, “Lose My Mind”!
Formerly one half of LA indie hip hop duo Made In Heights, Kelsey Bulkin has kept busy providing vocals for the likes of Jacques Greene and Odesza as well as her own solo material. Bulkin gravitates towards a certain kind of electronic beats, (where her voice has a natural tendency to float right on top) and her next move is the upcoming five-song EP Leucadia, due out March 2019.
Kelsey Bulkin’s gonna blow you away with the remainder of the record, but right now you can get indoctrinated with the album opener off Leucadia, a single that oozes surf and R&B all within two and a half minutes, “Samsara”!
It’s been half a decade since their foundation, and Aussie-born, locally-based five-piece Go Fever is once again putting Austin in a fever pitch! Frontwoman Acey Monaro relocated from Down Under to the Live Music Capital in 2013 (when she also married Go Fever’s bass player) and early last year this hungry young quintet released their self-tilted debut.
Go Fever set the bar high, with lots of retro new wave elements mixed in with modern rock and shoegaze stylings. In February we’ll be able to hear their sophomore album Daydream Hawker, an album recorded in Jim Eno’s home studio, with work from The War On Drugs engineer Brad Bell and mixed by Ali Chant, who’s also been behind PJ Harvey and Perfume Genius.
There’s a ton talent on the back end, so you know Go Fever’s new stuff is up to snuff. Case in point: Daydream Hawker‘s lead single, released last Friday and still turning the temperature up when we need it the most, “Feel So Much”!