KUTX Artist of the Month
Every month we turn the spotlight on a new release from a Texas artist with a series of weekly features that give you a sneak peek at the new music and some insight into the artist behind it.
Our April Artist of the Month here at KUTX is Austin-based musician Abram Shook. Next month, Abram Shook released his second studio album, Landscape Dream, recorded with some of Austin’s most elite engineers including Erik Wofford, Danny Reisch, Justin Douglas, Grant Johnson, and Christopher Cox. For Landscape Dream, Shook returned to writing only with vocals and guitar, and the effectiveness of this approach is clear from the 70’s rock of “Find It” and “Chelsea” to the African vibes of “Get Gone”, the dreamy Brazilian vibes on “5AM” and “Beach Glass”, and the slow-jam soul found on “Perfect”, “Jaw”, and “Vessel”.
After leaving Santa Cruz, California where he grew up and studied jazz, Shook spent several years in Portland and Boston playing in numerous bands, and wrestling with an unsettled spirit. Turning to traveling as a means to quell his existential dread, eventually landed him in Austin, TX, where he’s been part of the city’s rich creative community for over 8 years. Though the music community in Austin is no substitute for the briny air and patient West Coast beaches he still longs for, its vitality and creativity still manage to nourish the soul. In addition to working on his own music, Abram became a touring member of the Austin-based band Shearwater in 2014. As tiring as touring can be, escaping the noise of his everyday life provided him with intense periods of self-reflection. Like many of us, Shook dreads the exhausting sea of digital noise, which can be detrimental to our ability to foster meaningful human connections. As a result Landscape Dream features several songs that reference that precious time he spends communing with nature.
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